A Letterman shakeup was just announced Friday on Deadline.com. Instead of having two writers for "Late Show with David Letterman," there will be just one. Longtime producer and writer of the show, Matt Roberts, is now the head writer. This means Justin and Eric Stangel -- who have been the main writers for Letterman -- will be able to focus on other projects. They just signed a huge deal with Worldwide Pants -- the production company run by David Letterman and Rob Burnett.
The Letterman shakeup has to do with ensuring that the Stangel brothers don't walk out the door like previous writers for the show -- Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. They went on to write for the massively successful show, "How I Met Your Mother." This time Letterman and Burnett want to keep their good writers for good material.
"For people like this super valuable to the show, this deal keeps these guys from walking,” Burnett said.
It looks as if Letterman and Burnett wanted to keep the Stangels happy staying right where they are so they'll continue providing their best material for them in addition to working on lucrative projects. This also serves as a great opportunity for Roberts as the new head writer for Letterman.