Several Big Names Floated to Take Over 'Late Show' From Letterman: Who Should It Be?
If the current whispers are any indication, it's going to be an exciting battle for the next late-night gig at CBS. But it won't be so exciting for us everyday folk, because whoever wins will most likely enjoy a few fleeting moments of our nightly viewership before we eventually settle on old reruns of "Seinfeld."
A source recently revealed to the New York Daily News that late-night host Chelsea Handler is eying David Letterman's spot when he retires next year. Handler, who is leaving her own late-night show at the end of this year, also was reportedly being eyed as a replacement for Craig Ferguson, the host of "The Late Late Show," but might skip straight to the earlier time slot now that Dave is leaving.
Ferguson, on the other hand, is said to have the right of first refusal when it comes to hosting "The Late Show" in Letterman's wake, meaning that if CBS chooses anybody but him, they'll have to pay him to the tune of up to $12 million.
Other possibilities who've been mentioned: Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Colbert and Neil Patrick Harris, who have all proved their mettle as hosts already: DeGeneres on her daytime show and at the Oscars; Colbert on his nightly Comedy Central show; and Harris at multiple Tony ceremonies.
It's also a possibility that CBS goes in an entirely different direction (like us, with the aforementioned reruns of "Seinfeld"). But if indeed this is the pool, who would you most like to watch?