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David Letterman and Jason Segel Brilliantly Illustrate the One Thing Jimmy Fallon Doesn't Have on 'The Tonight Show'

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 16, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 16, 2014 |

Listen, I am a simple man. David Letterman is my goddamn childhood idol, and there is nothing I can think of that would be more fun and amazing and life-affirming than being able to sit across from the guy on national television and shoot the shi*t about burritos and sandwiches for a full five minutes.

That’s exactly what Jason Segel does here, and you can feel his enthusiasm. You can sense what a remarkable moment it is. Segel must have gone home last night to whoever he is dating these days — Bojana Novakovic or Katie Holmes, depending on the rumor you like best — and said, “Honey. I chatted with David Letterman ON TV about BLT’s and chips. How crazy is that? We just talked about food.”

That’s even crazier when you consider this: According to a study published last week, Jimmy Fallon — the ratings champion of late night — spends less time than any other late-night host talking. He only talks 37 percent of the time, compared to Letterman, who talks 51 percent of the time.

This is what we’re going to be missing when Letterman leaves, something that Fallon simply doesn’t have: The art of conversation.

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