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David Letterman's retirement plans: A Ken Burns doc?

David Letterman pestered Ken Burns for a voice-over job on one of his documentaries.

David Letterman seemed to be considering his post-retirement plans out loud when he interviewed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns on Wednesday's "Late Show."

Burns was promoting his upcoming seven-part, 14-hour PBS documentary "The Roosevelts." Letterman seemed totally engaged by the material, to the point that he wasn't even attempting to liven up the discussion with jokes. It was question after question, observation after observation about Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt. 

So what was Letterman's interest?

"Is Peter Coyote still doing the voices?" Letterman inquired. "I'll do it for half the money."

Burns then touted the celebrities he had recruited to provide narration for the film, including Paul Giamatti as Teddy Roosevelt, Edward Herrmann as Franklin Roosevelt and Meryl Streep as Eleanor Roosevelt.

"I could do that!" Letterman repeated.

Could the late-night host follow in the footsteps of David McCullough, John Chancellor and Tom Hanks? We, as a nation, should only be so lucky.


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