Retired talk show host David Letterman blasted President Donald Trump by describing the commander-in-chief as "a man without a soul."
On May 22, GQ published an interview with Letterman in which he was asked if he regretted featuring Trump as a regular guest on his former late night show.
"No, no reason to regret it," Letterman responded. "I'm disappointed that this man is representing me and my country. It makes me sick."
That said, Letterman added that he and his crew always looked forward to Trump making an appearance on their program because "he was just a big, wealthy dope..."
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"...We would make fun of his hair," he recalled. "I would refer to him as a slumlord."
While Letterman offered no regrets for having Trump the businessman as a mainstay on his television show, he offered a withering assessment of Trump the president.
"But now, this goon... I don't know," Letterman continued. "He's demonstrated himself to be a man without a core, a man without a soul. Is there a guy in there?"
The 70-year-old showman concluded that he would love to host one final 90-minute segment with Trump and ask him "Alright, Don: what the f*** happened?"
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Letterman had previously been critical of Trump, who he had interviewed more than a dozen times during his tenure on CBS. On March 5, the former television host reflected that he had viewed the president as a good sport before he entered politics.
"I always regarded him as, if you’re going to have New York City, you gotta have a Donald Trump," Letterman told Vulture. "He was a joke of a wealthy guy. We didn’t take him seriously. He’d sit down, and I would just start making fun of him. He never had any retort ... He seemed to have a good time, and the audience loved it, and that was Donald Trump."
While Letterman appeared to harbor fond memories of featuring Trump on his show, he offered a serious take on how the critics of the Trump administration should strategize.
"I'm tired of people being bewildered about everything he says: 'I can’t believe he said that,'" Letterman added. "We gotta stop that and instead figure out ways to protect ourselves from him. We know he’s crazy. We gotta take care of ourselves here now."
On May 16, the Kennedy Center announced Letterman as the recipient of the 2017 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the most prestigious American award for comedy. Letterman will receive the honor on Oct. 22, The Washington Post reports.