A Late Show Without Paul Shaffer?

Paul Shaffer (Getty Images)

Paul Shaffer (Getty Images)

Canadian-born bandleader Paul Shaffer has broken his silence to TV Guide Canada about the possible end of David Letterman’s CBS Late Show–or at least the end of his role in it. The TV star and “It’s Rainin’ Men” writer (yes, really) told the publication:

“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… But once again, life is nutty – anything can happen. I’ve been so lucky and blessed to be working this long in show business. And whatever happens now is just gravy to me.”

Should Mr. Shaffer hold to his word–and should Mr. Letterman, whose prickly personality might not mix with a new bandleader, follow suit–the stage is set for the next great late-night succession war! (We’re still getting over 2010’s NBC nightmare…)

A <em>Late Show</em> Without Paul Shaffer?