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Paul Shaffer has been David Letterman's sidekick since 1982 . . . and he's under contract for two more years. But he's thinking about retiring once that deal is up . . . even if "The Late Show"continues.
He says, quote, "We've been on 30 years so now we've got another two years . . . [and] I'm going to be certainly ready to lie down after that, take a nap."
But he hasn't made a final decision yet. He adds, quote, "Life is nutty . . . anything can happen. I've been so lucky and blessed to be working this long in show business. And whatever happens now is just gravy to me."
Paul reportedly makes $5 million a year on "The Late Show".
Next year, Letterman will surpass Johnny Carson and become the longest tenured late-night talk show host. His current contract runs through 2014. There's no indication that he plans to stop then. Letterman is 65. Paul turns 63 next month.