There’s a big shake up happening on The Late Show With David Letterman. Longtime cue card holder Tony Mendez has been fired after assaulting one of the show writers.
According to The New York Post, cue-card holder and frequent on air talent Tony Mendez was fired after an altercation with writer Bill Sheft broke out on Oct. 9th right before the show taping, but sources say it was triggered by something the day before.
It appears the day before, Letterman, Mendez and Sheft were rehearsing in the host’s dressing room when Tony reacted to one of Bill’s interruptions.
Tony then snapped at Sheft, yelling “I know what I’m doing. Get off my back.”
Then Letterman chimed in telling Mendez “your sour disposition isn’t helping,” to which he snapped back, “ ‘You’re the one who has the sour disposition, mothf–ker.’”
Tony defended himself saying that he and Letterman often traded off-color remarks to each other like that and that’s not what got him fired. The next day on his way to apologize to his boss, Mendez ran in to Sheft and was literally at the writer’s throat. Mendez grabbed Sheft by the shirt and pushed him against the wall.
Mendez was immediately fired following the altercation, and does apologize for his heated reaction.
“I know I shouldn’t have put my hands on him,” Mendez, 69, told The Post. “But this has been coming for a long time.”
Hear more about the altercation in the full Entertainment Report below.