Letterman Shakeup: Matt Roberts Becomes Head Writer As Stangel Brothers Sign Development Deal
There’s a little shakeup going on at the Late Show With David Letterman.
According to Deadline, Justin And Eric Stangel, who have been the head writers for Letterman for the last 14-years, have recently signed a multi-year development deal with Worldwide pants. Matt Roberts, one of the show’s longtime writers and producers, will take over the head writing job as the Stangel brothers are working on developing new shows for David Letterman’s company.
Rob Burnett, who runs the company with Letterman, said:
“The Stangel brothers are going to remain with the show as part of the deal because we need them … These guys are as good as it gets. For people like this super valuable to the show, this deal keeps these guys from walking.”
Deadline reports that the Stangel brothers will remain as writers and producers for the show but their main focus will be on developing new shows for Worldwide Pants.
The shakeup on Letterman may change the talk show host’s monologue and a few of his jokes but his interview style will most likely remain blunt and borderline offensive.
The talk show host recently drew some applause, and some criticism, for harassing Kim Kardashian about her marriage to Kris Humprhies.
The Letterman shakeup comes at a time when competition is heating up at the 11:55 time slot. Letterman and his new head writer will now have competition from Jimmy Kimmel who recently moved into the time slot occupied by Jay Leno and David Letterman.
The Late Show hasn’t confirmed the news yet but they did post this sweet video of Kevin Bacon.
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