David Letterman’s Cue-Card Holder Tony Mendez Fired After Alleged Assault on Set

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David Letterman's cue-card holder Tony Mendez was allegedly fired from The Late Show for assaulting a staff writer on set  Theo Wargo/Getty Images

A new position may be open at The Late Show. The New York Post reports that David Letterman's cue-card holder Tony Mendez, who often got air-time between jokes, was fired recently after allegedly assaulting a staff writer on set.

The incident reportedly took place within the past two weeks when Mendez, 69, got into a verbal altercation with writer Bill Scheft over changes in cue cards. The next day, Mendez grabbed the 15-time Emmy winner's shirt and pushed him against a wall.

Mendez has previously worked on Saturday Night Live and The Hollywood Palace. The NY Post reports that he was kicked out of the building following the shove and was learned of his firing Monday.

Letterman has yet to address the matter. The late-night host announced in April that he would be retiring in 2015 after 31 years behind the desk. Comedy Central personality Stephen Colbert is set to take his place.


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