Dec 03, 2012

By Bob Sheppard

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David Letterman says he still doesn’t think the people at the Kennedy Center got it right by giving him one of its honours. The late night comedian jokingly insists there was some kind of “error in bookkeeping” and that he has people looking into it.

But he still showed up for the event yesterday since he had already paid for the suit he was wearing. He wasn’t the only one cracking jokes about his work. His boss at CBS, Les Moonves, was asked what kind of bonus the network might give Letterman for winning one of the top prizes for entertainers in this country.

Moonves says Letterman shouldn’t hold his breath, saying Letterman “doesn’t need a bonus” because he is “doing very well without it.”

US President Barack Obama joked that when Letterman started out as a TV weatherman, he once told viewers that there were hail stones the size of “canned hams”.

Others honoured last night included three members of Led Zeppelin Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones, as well as Buddy Guy, Dustin Hoffman and ballet legend Natalia Makarova.

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