David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947) is an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer.
Critics blasted Letterman for what they deemed a poor hosting of the Oscars, noting that his irreverent style undermined the traditional importance and glamor of the event. For years afterward, Letterman recounted his hosting the Oscars, although the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continued to hold Letterman in high regard and they had invited him to host the Oscars again.
Letterman's reputation as an acerbic interviewer was borne out in verbal sparring matches with Cher all of which would eventually move with Letterman to CBS.
Other memorable moments included Letterman using a bullhorn to interrupt a live interview on The Today Show, announcing that he was the NBC News president and that he was not wearing any pants; walking across the hall to Studio 6B, at the time the news studio for WNBC-TV, and interrupting Al Roker's weather segments during Live at Five; and staging "elevator races", complete with commentary by NBC Sports' Bob Costas.
He is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, and he graduated in 1969 from what was then the Department of Radio and Television.
A self-described average student, Letterman later endowed a scholarship for what he called "C students" at Ball State.