Letterman nabs Hillary

First lady to appear on tonight's 'Late Show'

David Letterman’s endless rantings have paid off: Hillary Clinton has been booked on his CBS yakker “Late Show.”

Clinton agreed Tuesday to appear on tonight’s edition of Letterman’s latenighter. The booking ends four weeks of nightly on-air complaints by Letterman over the first lady’s reluctance to appear on the program to discuss her all-but-certain candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

Clinton’s seeming snub of Letterman became the talk of Gotham. NBC News even released a poll Tuesday showing a majority of New Yorkers thought the first lady should do Letterman’s program.

But “Late Show” exec producer Rob Burnett said the Clinton camp had been leaning toward doing the broadcast Monday, before the survey results were released. “I honestly think that’s a coincidence,” he said.

Burnett broke the news of the booking to Letterman on Tuesday’s “Late Show.” The host responded by saying he didn’t know what he’d ask her, but that he wouldn’t “chase her around the studio with a hammer.”

Burnett said he’s not sure what the first lady will say or do, but he told the Clinton camp that “the bar has been set pretty high ever since Barbara Bush came out juggling chainsaws.”

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