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David Letterman longtime cue-card holder Tony Mendez fired after altercation with co-worker

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06:  David Letterman speaks onstage at Spike TV's "Don Rickles: One Night Only" on May 6, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Spike TV)

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: David Letterman speaks onstage at Spike TV's "Don Rickles: One Night Only" on May 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Spike TV)  (2014 Getty Images)

David Letterman's longtime cue-card holder says he wound up cuing his own firing by getting aggressive with a colleague.

Tony Mendez told the New York Post in a story published Sunday he lost his job after grabbing a co-worker by the shirt Oct. 9 behind the scenes at CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman."

“I know I shouldn’t have put my hands on him,” Mendez, 69, told The Post. “But this has been coming for a long time.”

CBS directed an inquiry to Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants. A spokesman said Worldwide Pants won't comment on personnel matters.

Attempts to reach Mendez weren't immediately successful Sunday.

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The 69-year-old Mendez tells the Post he knows he knows he shouldn't have laid a hand on his colleague. He says Letterman wasn't apprised of any tensions between the two.

Mendez has become familiar to "Late Show" viewers, appearing in episodes going back to at least 1997.

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