David was asked by Meyers about his infamous moment earlier that day on the Today show. That’s when David did an unexpected move after Elmo’s cloying speech about mental health and checking in on people, walking onto the set and throttling the furry red Sesame Street icon in an effort to shut him up.
“Somebody had to do it!” David said at the time, although he later gave a coerced apology after prompting by the Today cohosts.
Asked about what happened by Meyers, David initially declined comment. “I don’t think I want to talk about it.”
But Meyers persisted: “The clip is going around online, Larry. You can’t hide from this, Larry. Elmo, some might say, is loved by all.”
David finally copped to the assault.
“Yeah, yeah. I did it.”
Mimicking Elmo’s high-pitched voice at times, David ranted, “Elmo was, he was going on about mental health and I had to listen to every word. And I was going, ‘Oh my God, oh my God, I don’t think I can take another second of this!’ And so I got off my chair and I approached him and I throttled him!”
“I couldn’t take it!” David said, no doubt voicing a sentiment shared by many.
He then took back his previous apology. “And you know what? I would do it again!”
Elmo has not yet responded to the renewed threat.