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Don Rickles ignores, berates Letterman as a parting gift

As David Letterman enters the final stretch of his career, most guests have been singing his praises (literally), or even taking off their clothes for him. Not Don Rickles. From the moment Letterman gushingly introduced the 89-year-old comedy legend, Rickles was intent on talking to Letterman's other guest, Howard Stern. "What the hell was that?" Letterman finally asked after Rickles went on about how wonderful Stern is. "Shut up," Rickles replied. "I'll get to you." But he was only getting started. Stern — who, in all fairness, tried to kiss Letterman earlier in the show — joined in. I guess if they make you too comfortable, you might want to stay. So, enjoy Montana, Dave. —Peter Weber