Late-night talk show great David Letterman claims he once received a threatening phone call from Oscars 2020 nominee Quentin Tarantino.
The TV host and comedian, 72, revealed the juicy story on Showtime’s Desus & Mero, telling co-hosts Desus Nice and The Kid Mero it all started when he did a bit pretending to be surprised that a stunning actor would stoop to date Tarantino, now 56.
“Is there any famous beefs you got into that you can talk on? Or do you have to sign like NDAs or …?” Nice asked Letterman.
“I got into a great fight with Quentin Tarantino,” Letterman responded. “This was really good.”
Letterman said he found out from a guest on his show that a famous star — “so famous that I can’t recall the name” — was dating Tarantino and jokingly protested the relationship, based on the Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood director not being attractive or cool enough for her.
“I’m thinking the idea is Quentin Tarantino is this movie-store nerd,” Letterman said. “Now I’m pretending that I’m stunned this glorious movie star is dating this little squirrelly guy.”
Two days later, his assistant got a call from Tarantino, who asked to speak with Letterman in order to say hello — but had much more than that to express once Letterman got on the line.
“He starts screaming at me, ‘I’m gonna beat you to death, I’m gonna kill you, I’m coming to New York, and I’m gonna beat the crap out of you. How can you say that about me?’” Letterman recalled. “And I said, ‘Quentin, hang on a second.’”
He then got his producer to pick up the other line, so no one could accuse him of making the story up. Tarantino went “on, and on and on — like the guy is full-blown clinically goofy”.
Letterman said he asked, “Bat or fist?” and claimed Tarantino responded “Bat,” and the two got to picking dates and flights. Tarantino then allegedly ghosted on the duel. Years later, Letterman said, he apologised for the ordeal.
Representatives for the Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs director didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Originally published as Star ‘threatened to kill’ host over joke