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Stephen Colbert Tells David Letterman He Turned Down "The Late Show" Twice Over The Past 28 Years

And he reveals a top 10 list he submitted 17 years ago.

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Stephen Colbert joined David Letterman on The Late Show on Tuesday for the first time since it was announced he's taking over the show in 2015.

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The current host introduced the "very talented, always entertaining" Colbert, who took in what could be his new office...

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But we won't know where exactly Colbert's Late Show will film just yet.

And even Letterman noticed it suited him.

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Colbert explained to Letterman that he feels lucky to be his Late Show successor, especially after turning the show down twice before.

Because it was unpaid.

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But, Colbert did save the top 10 he and Dinello, who currently works on The Colbert Report, submitted in Christmas of 1997.

He even put it on Letterman's signature blue notecards.

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And here it is:

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Letterman approved.

Watch some of the interview here:

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