‘Hey, I’m Unemployed’: Bloomberg Schools Chancellor Jokingly Floats Own Name to Replace David Letterman

Dennis Walcott speaking on PIX11 earlier this morning.

Dennis Walcott speaking on PIX11 earlier this morning.

Hey CBS, he’s available.

The morning after late-night comedy host David Letterman announced his plans to retire in 2015, former Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott jokingly suggested that he should be considered for the gig.

“The only thing that I’m upset with is that you didn’t mention my name with Letterman. I mean, hey, I’m unemployed! I need a job!” Mr. Walcott exclaimed at the end of a PIX11 interview this morning. “I don’t even have a job and here Letterman is becoming available in 2015?”

“I see your swagger and it could work. You know what I’m saying? I see it, I see it,” responded PIX11 morning news anchor Sukanya Krishnan, laughing.

“I don’t know. Do I have to shave for it?” inquired Mr. Walcott. “Okay good.”

On more serious topics, Mr. Walcott had nothing but warm words for the new mayor’s administration and current Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. As a Bloomberg official, Mr. Walcott often championed policies criticized by then-candidate Bill de Blasio.

“Carmen is a professional who’s been in the system for 40 years,” he said. “She has the best interests of her students in mind. She has a great group of people who work for the Department of Education and I think working with the mayor … [including] a superstar, Deputy Mayor Richard Buery, in really rolling out the universal pre-K is something that is extremely important.”

Ironically, however, Mr. Walcott refused to grade Ms. Fariña’s performance thus far. “I don’t give grades,” he insisted.