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Friends of Dave will be sitting in on 'Late Show'


February 4, 2000
Web posted at: 4:14 p.m. EST (2114 GMT)

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Celebrity friends of David Letterman will be sitting in for the star as guest interviewers beginning Monday, the show's executive producer, Rob Burnett, told reporters on Friday.

The show calls the celebrities "guest interviewers" rather than guest hosts, emphasizing that the celebrity "interviewer" will tape interviews with other "Late Show" regulars in which they will talk about their experiences on the show and with Dave.

Charles Grodin kicks off the series on Monday's show with interviews with Regis Philbin and actress Julia Roberts.

On Tuesday, Philbin takes the interviewer microphone to chat with comedian Jerry Seinfeld and actor-director Danny DeVito.

Letterman's perennial musical sidekick, Paul Shaffer, pinch-hits on Wednesday. He'll tape a show from Los Angeles which will feature a chat with Bruce Willis and fitness guru Richard Simmons, a regular on Letterman's show.

Philbin is back on Thursday to interview Bill Cosby and actress Sarah Jessica Parker.

And Friday, the show will air more of Paul Shaffer as guest interviewer. Shaffer debriefs Steve Martin, and either Billy Crystal or Bill Murray -- two "Late Show" favorites.

Burnett said the guests were chosen because they are each close friends of the star. He added that they each have done "amazing things" as guests in the past.

The producer made the announcement at an afternoon conference call for members of the media. Burnett said the show has no firm plans for the week of February 14, stressing that reports of Letterman's return on that date have been overstated, though not ruled out. The star would likely come back only a few nights a week when he does return.

Letterman continues to recover from the quintuple bypass surgery he underwent last month. Burnett said the comic is still cracking wise during his convalescence.

Burnett says when he told Letterman, "We've turned the studio into a Mexican restaurant," Letterman responded, "I just hope the fajitas sizzle."

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