The former Late Show host also addresses his "creepy" beard
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In case you were wondering, David Letterman is really enjoying retirement.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Whitefish Review, the former Late Show host opened up about life after stepping away from the desk, including watching Stephen Colbert’‘s first show.

“I can remember the first day that Stephen Colbert took over – put his new show on the air,” Letterman, 68, told the Montana-based non-profit journal. “I thought I would have some trouble, some emotional trouble, or some feeling of displacement, but I realized, hey, that’s not my problem anymore. And I have felt much better.”

“It’s something for younger men and women to take on. So, I haven’t missed it, the way I thought I might,” he said.

Since his last show on May 20, Letterman has had time to reflect on the 33 years he spent on TV and has come to the realization that he doesn’t “care that much about television anymore.”

“It was just silliness,” said Letterman about how much he used to care about ratings and how important he thought the show was. “I feel foolish for having been misguided by my own ego for so many years.”

It seems that the best part of being off the air is not having to shave everyday. In recent months, Letterman has grown a beard, much to the dismay of his wife, Regina Lasko, and son, Harry, 12 – not that he particularly cares what they or anyone thinks of it.

“I’ve kind of developed a real creepy look with it that I’m sort of enjoying,” Letterman said. “I can tell that people are off-put by it. And the more people implore me to shave, the stronger my resolve is to not shave.”

Head over to The Whitefish Review to read the full interview.