TOP 10 REASONS DAVID LETTERMAN FIRED CUE CARD GUY AUDIENCES LOVED: Reason No. 1 – They’re BOTH idiots!
Revealed a source: “Dave was somehow unaware that cue card guy TONY MENDEZ, on-camera cracking jokes since 1993, was brutally hazed by longtime Letterman writer BILL SCHEFT – who actually admitted to a friend it was ‘fun’ to see how far he could push Tony before he reached the breaking point. Scheft said he’d deliberately tell Tony the slightly wrong set-up for a joke, leaving out just enough words that he’d have to write a new card mere moments before the show started, when the pressure was greatest on Tony.
On that fateful night, Dave noticed Tony acting cranky, scolded him – and frazzled Tony zinged a filthy curse word, then confronted much-bigger Scheft, shoving him. So Dave fired Tony, not Bully Scheft, who’d endlessly hazed an innocent co-worker.”
To Dave’s credit, he’s paying Tony, 69, until the show ends. Gee, THANKS, Dave!