Why Letterman's Cue Card Guy Was Fired, Kicked Out Of The Building

October 19, 2014 10:43 PM

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Letterman’s retiring at the end of the TV season, but the last few months on The Late Show are proving to be a little more tumultuous than most people might expect. This weekend, CBS announced that it had let go Tony Mendez, the outspoken Late Show staff member who was responsible for Letterman’s cue cards and who occasionally appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman. Mendez was fired after getting into a physical argument with staff writer Bill Scheft.

Here’s how the whole thing went down. According to Mendez himself, he had a bad day in the office earlier this month, getting hot and bothered when Scheft kept interrupting him during his regular duties. He even traded barbs with Letterman, who told him to cool off. But he didn’t cool off. Instead, ...

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