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E! Ending ‘Chelsea Lately’ in August

Thursday May 29, 2014

For a while now, late night talk show host Chelsea Handler has shared her intent to leave her show when her contract expires at the end of the year. Still, it was mostly talk.

Speculation abounded as to whether Handler would really leave her show, or if her talk was a negotiating tool as her current contract came to a close. Now things are clear.

Chelsea Lately will air its finale on August 26. The show's network, E!, announced the date earlier Wednesday.

Handler hosted the show for seven years, since its debut in 2007. "I myself am more surprised than anyone that I was able to hold down a job for seven years, and it was a fantastic seven years," Hanlder announced via statement. "I will always look back at my time on E! as most people look back at their time in college. I'm glad I went."

Besides leaving E! without a late night talk show (it will run E! News at 11 p.m. until it develops a follow-up, it is presumed), Handler's departure has another major impact on the late night landscape. Handler was the only female host in late night. When she leaves, the field will once more become a boys club - and not a particularly diverse one.

"I kind of have to find someone to replace me," Handler told Piers Morgan during a 2014 visit to his now defunct show.

It looks unlikely that a replacement was found.

 

'X-Men' fan? Check out all the stars on your favorite talk show this week

Sunday May 18, 2014

If you're a superhero movie fan and excited for the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, you're in luck. The film's stars are all over this week, visiting talk shows in late night and day time. If you want to catch them all, check out this quick cheat sheet. Meet you in the Danger Room!

Collector's checklist:

  • Hugh Jackman, who plays an older Wolverine, visits Jimmy on The Tonight Show Wednesday.
  • Seth Meyers hosts most of the mutants this week. The two Professor X's kick things off. Sir Patrick Stewart stops by on Monday, while James McAvoy turns up on Tuesday. Then Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) visits on Wednesday and Hugh Jackman drops by on Thursday. Though he's not in this film (or is he?) Alan Cumming visits Seth on Wednesday as well. A bit of an Easter egg, as Cumming played Nightcrawler in the second X-Men film.
  • McAvoy gives The Daily Show at visit on Monday ...
  • ... while Stewart visits The Colbert Report on Wednesday.
  • Shawn Ashmore, our favorite frozen head, Iceman, pays Arsenio a visit on Tuesday.
  • The View welcomes McAvoy on Tuesday.
  • And Kelly & Michael welcome Jackman on Wednesday, Stewart on Thursday and Lawrence on Friday.
  • Ellen has Halle Berry, who stars for the fourth time as Storm, on Tuesday.

 

Larry Wilmore will replace Stephen Colbert with new ‘Report’

Sunday May 11, 2014

Comedy Central is prepared for the moment when talk show host Stephen Colbert shutters The Colbert Report and heads to CBS and the Late Show.

The comedy channel will replace The Colbert Report with The Minority Report. Its host, another Daily Show senior correspondent: Larry Wilmore.

Wilmore is best known on The Daily Show for his role as "senior black correspondent" and his laid back, casual delivery of biting social satire. That style will likely translate well in a half-hour news-comedy program that will focus on the news and feature a panel of voices that are "currently underrepresented in comedy and television," according to Comedy Central.

The show was created by Jon Stewart and his Busboy Productions, and is executive produced by Stewart and Wilmore. It debuts in 2015.

 

Craig Ferguson is retiring, too

Monday April 28, 2014

On the heels of David Letterman's announcement that he will retire from late night TV, Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson announced tonight that he will hang up his late night hosting gig as well.

Ferguson told his audience during the show's afternoon taping that he will leave the Late Late Show in December.

"CBS and I are not getting divorced, we are 'consciously uncoupling,'" Ferguson said. "But we will still spend holidays together and share custody of the fake horse and robot skeleton, both of whom we love very much."

Ferguson's next gig will be as a game show host, just like his friend and former sit-com co-star Drew Carey. Ferguson will host Celebrity Name Game.

CBS will now start its search for Ferguson's replacement. Could that be Chelsea Handler, who recently announced she planned to leave her show on E!? Is it time for a little late night diversity?

 

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

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