David Letterman has been enjoying his retirement, mostly staying out of the spotlight since he retired as the Late Night host last year. On Sunday, Letterman resurfaced at the Indianapolis 500, in support of his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team, which Letterman co-owns with former Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal. The long-time Late Night host took time out of his day to appear on ESPN’s Sportscenter broadcast at the racing event, and let’s just say, he had a good time.
Speaking with more than enough candor, the 69-year-old told a story to SportsCenter anchor Matt Barrie about getting extremely drunk and almost getting alcohol poisoning. After finishing the story, Letterman turned to Barrie and admitted that he was “drunk now,” which caused fans at the event to cheer. Barrie responded by telling Letterman “Good, we wouldn’t expect anything less.” It was a funny thing for Letterman to say live on air and Barrie’s quick response was perfect.
David Letterman drunk at the #Indy500 and enjoying retirement.
Letterman has earned the right to enjoy his retirement after putting in more than 30 years at Studio 6-A. Getting drunk and showing up to support your racing team seems like a perfectly reasonable thing to do. He’s got no obligations tying him down, so he can enjoy life as the legend that he is. If that means cracking open a few beers, getting drunk and watching some IndyCar racing, so be it.