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NPH tells Howard Stern he was in talks to replace Letterman

Neil Patrick Harris says he was in talks to replace David Letterman.
Neil Patrick Harris says he was in talks to replace David Letterman.Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images

Howard Stern broke another juicy piece of Hollywood gossip this week, prompting Neil Patrick Harris to reveal that he was in talks to replace David Letterman when he retires from "The Late Show" in 2015.

Stephen Colbert was announced as Letterman's official replacement last month, but Harris says CBS President Les Moonves was doing plenty of shopping around before making his final decision. NPH says Moonves discussed the possibility of taking over for Letterman or his 12:30 AM follow-up man Craig Ferguson who is also scheduled to retire. Harris says he declined both offers:

“I think I would get bored of the repetition fast, and the structure of it is so set,” he told Stern. “I don’t have any interest in doing monologue, commercial, sketch, guest, guest, guest, musical act, good night.”

Moonves responded publicly by saying that Harris's account of the events has been embellished a bit, saying:

"It was a very general topic. So I wouldn’t say we didn’t talk about it, but he wasn’t offered it per se.”

Stern has always had a knack for extracting secrets from Hollywood stars who normally play their cards close to the vest.