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Stephen Colbert is the new host of the ‘Late Show’

Thursday April 10, 2014

Stop guessing who will succeed David Letterman as host of the Late Show. CBS already decided.

Stephen Colbert is the next host of CBS's late night talk show. The network made the announcement earlier today. Colbert signed a five-year deal to host the show.

Fans of Colbert's The Colbert Report won't see the host's character make the transition. Colbert told The New York Times' Bill Carter that he will host the show as himself.

No word on when Colbert will join CBS. That announcement will depend on when Letterman sets his retirement date. Letterman announced his intention to retire from the program sometime in 2015 on April 3.

"Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career," Colbert said via news release. "I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead. I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth."

Colbert has Letterman's support, saying via statement, "I'm very excited for him, and I'm flattered that CBS chose him. I also happen to know they wanted another guy with glasses." Letterman also said Colbert has been a real friend.

It also looks like The Colbert Report will end when the host makes the move to CBS. "We look forward to the next eight months of the ground-breaking Colbert Report and wish Stephen the very best," the cable network said via statement.

No word yet on who might follow Jon Stewart and The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Our hope is they find someone with the same passion, wit and intelligence as Colbert. We'd cross our fingers and hope for John Oliver - but he's got his own talk show.

 

May 16 Final ‘View’ for Barbara Walters

Tuesday April 8, 2014

Host and co-creator of The View, Barbara Walters, announced Monday that May 16 will mark her final appearance on the daytime talk show. Walters announced her intention to retire nearly a year ago in May 2013.

Walters departure leaves a second hole in the rotating cast at The View. Hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar left the show in 2013. Jenny McCarthy filled one of those spots. Guests hosts have filled in the gap since.

The show wants to fill one of those seats with a conservative voice, according to Walters in an interview with Hollywood Life. A male host might fill the other spot.

Hiring a man on a show that has always been about a woman's viewpoint would certainly shake things up. But a glance at the cadre of male guest hosts in recent months was an early clue that the show was leaning in this direction.

David Letterman Announces Retirement

Friday April 4, 2014

David Letterman, undisputed king of late night television, announced his retirement Thursday evening on the Late Show. The only detail we know is that Letterman's last show will be sometime during the 2015-2016 season.

In typical Dave fashion, Letterman wrapped his announcement in between a host of jokes. Audience members, it seemed, weren't sure at first if the announcement was true. Once Letterman made it clear that the news was real, he finished with a stinger: "What this means now is that Paul and I can be married."

Letterman has hosted in late night for more than 30 years. When he retires, his stint in late night will be a record.

Letterman expanded on his retirement in a statement released after taping Thursday's episode: "The man who owns this network, Leslie Moonves, he and I have had a relationship for years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance.   And I phoned him just before the program, and I said 'Leslie, it's been great, you've been great, and the network has been great, but I'm retiring.'"

When Letterman signed a one-year extension on his current contract in 2013, you could tell something was up - enough so that we predicted in December 2013 that Letterman would announce his retirement this year.

"After surpassing Johnny Carson's record for longest tenured late night talk show host in the U.S. next year, Letterman will announce his retirement from the Late Show after the 2015 -2016 season, we wrote. "That's our guess anyway. Fallon and Kimmel's dominance in late night - along with their reverence for Late Show, Late Night, Carson and Letterman - will be enough for Letterman to feel as though he can pass the torch. The real question will be: who will he pass the torch to? It's anyone's guess. Craig Ferguson? Maybe. His sensibilities match Fallon and Kimmel's. But it could be anyone."

So, is it okay to say, "Nailed it"?

 

Vote for Your Favorite Talk Show Host – Daytime!

Monday March 31, 2014

We continue our reader poll for the 2014 Favorite Talk Show awards with Favorite Talk Show Host - Daytime.

Who will it be? From now until midnight EST on April 15, your vote will count. After midnight, April 15, you can still vote, but your vote won't be included in the final tally. Let the voting begin!

*Editor's Note: Due to tool constraints, each poll will include no more than 10 choices

Vote for Your Favorite Talk Show Host – Late Night!

Monday March 31, 2014

We continue our reader poll for the 2014 Favorite Talk Show awards with Favorite Talk Show Host - Late Night.

Who will it be? From now until midnight EST on April 15, your vote will count. After midnight, April 15, you can still vote, but your vote won't be included in the final tally. Let the voting begin!

*Editor's Note: Due to tool constraints, each poll will include no more than 10 choices

Vote for Your Favorite Talk Show – Daytime!

Monday March 31, 2014

We continue our reader poll for the 2014 Favorite Talk Show awards with Favorite Talk Show - Daytime.

Who will it be? From now until midnight EST on April 15, your vote will count. After midnight, April 15, you can still vote, but your vote won't be included in the final tally. Let the voting begin!

*Editor's Note: Due to tool constraints, each poll will include no more than 10 choices

Time, Once Again, to Vote for Your Favorite Talk Shows and Hosts!

Monday March 31, 2014

Can you believe it's that time of year again? It's time to vote for our favorite talk shows and talk show hosts. Who will top the list this year? You decide!

Last year, readers selected late night host Craig Ferguson and daytime host Ellen DeGeneres as there favorite late night and daytime hosts. Their shows, the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and The Ellen DeGeneres Show picked up no-prizes for favorite late night and daytime talk show as well.

We'll vote in the same five categories this year as we did last year. Then, similar to last year, we'll hold a final championship match between the top vote-getters - two from late night and two from daytime - and decide who holds bragging rights to that coveted acknowledgment:  that About Talk Shows readers love them the very bestest.

We'll begin with Favorite Talk Show - Late Night. From now until midnight EST on April 15, you can have your vote count. After midnight, April 15, you can still vote, but your vote won't count (sorry, Charlie!). So let the voting begin!

*Editor's Note: Due to tool constraints, each poll will include no more than 10 choices

No April Fool’s, Drew Carey to Host ‘Late, Late Show’

Sunday March 23, 2014

No worries, Craig Ferguson fans. The Late, Late Show host isn't going anywhere. Well, at least not permanently.

Ferguson and good friend Drew Carey will swap jobs on April 1. Ferguson will take over The Price is Right and Carey will crew Late, Late Show. The duo - friends since their days on ABC's The Drew Carey Show - have traded roles before.

Look for Geoff Peterson and pantomime horse Secretariat to take over as Showcase models on Price. Carey will interview Carl Reiner, Joan Jett and Cleveland native and syndicated columnist Connie Schultz. the Price is Right models will join Carey, as will announcer George Gray.

"Now this is for April Fools,' so don't tell anyone," Ferguson joked when the trade-off was announced.

 

No Problem Appearing on Letterman, Leno Says

Thursday March 13, 2014

Earlier this week, Jay Leno was inducted into the TV Hall of Fame. And as such things go, he was available to reporters who shot him a list of questions about his departure from The Tonight Show, as well as his thoughts on new hosts Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers.

"I love Jimmy," Leno said. "I think it was smart to bring the show to New York, get a different vibe, a different feel. As for Meyers, Leno calls him "really good."

Perhaps most surprising was Leno's response to possibly appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman. Surprising because of Leno and Letterman's relationship after the first Tonight Show host controversy saw Leno take over for Johnny Carson.

"I suppose I could, why couldn't I?" said Leno. "You can do any show you want, it's not like you're banned. Who knows? Maybe. We'll see what happens."

The years have softened the sharp edges around Leno and Letterman's relationship. In 2010, Letterman appeared with Leno in a Super Bowl commercial. The two were separated by Oprah Winfrey.

"The truth of the matter is, the way Jay and I have behaved toward one another is the way comics tend to behave toward one another," Letterman told Winfrey in a January 2013 interview.

"We were always friends," Letterman said in the same interview. "And I am glad to say that he is the funniest person I have ever known."

Ellen’s Oscar ‘Selfie’ Nets Her High Ratings, More Followers

Sunday March 9, 2014

If you watched the Academy Awards on March 2, you probably got a kick out of watching host Ellen DeGeneres take 'selfies' with a wide array of celebrities and movie stars. If you didn't watch, chances are you saw Ellen's most famous selfie - the one with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Julie Roberts, Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep and a host of other stars.

Well, that quick pic - tweeted to Ellen's many followers on Twitter - had quite an effect. It even crashed Twitter's servers for a bit. That's what happens when your post is retweeted more than 3 million times (beating the Twitter record previously held by @BarackObama with 782,000 retweets).

Ellen also boosted her followers by 2.7 million, moving Ellen closer to the Top 10 users with the most followers (@TheEllenShow currently ranks No. 12).

But that selfie did more than boost Ellen's Twitter numbers. She also gained more than 500,000 new likes on Facebook in the two days following the Academy Awards.

A lot of those folks must have tuned in to The Ellen DeGeneres Show the day after, too, because the daytime talk show netted its highest ratings in its entire 11-year history. Wow.

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