Can you imagine what macaroni would be without cheese? Or peanut butter without jelly? While those items are sometimes apart from their better halves, it is a lot harder to picture David Letterman doing his program without Paul Shaffer. But that might become a real possibility, per the Late Show's musical director.
“We’ve been on 30 years so now we’ve got another two years … I’m going to be certainly ready to lie down after that, take a nap,” Shaffer said over the weekend. While nothing is set in stone so far, it is the way he appears to be leaning.
"Life is nutty -- anything can happen," he said. "I’ve been so lucky and blessed to be working this long in show business. And whatever happens now is just gravy to me.”
Shaffer, 62, began his entertainment career as the musical director for the Toronto production of Godspell. After that, he became a member of the Saturday Night Live house band (G.E. Smith for the win!). He has also released two solo albums and co-wrote and co-produced the 1984 hit song "It's Raining Men."
His marriage to Letterman began in 1982 with the launch of Late Night With David Letterman on NBC. He followed Letterman to CBS in 1993, where he signed up to lead the CBS Orchestra.
And he earns $5 million dollars for that spot, reportedly. Five million dollars!