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Television PopWrapped | Television

As David Letterman's Legendary Career Ends, The Shortlist Of Replacements Keeps Growing

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04/07/2014 3:29 pm
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Matthew Jenner

Staff Writer

@MovieUnchained   Only a mere two months ago did Jay Leno bow out as host of The Tonight Show, letting Jimmy Fallon take the reigns. Now it seems another veteran will be leaving a legendary desk. After his announcement of his decision to retire from late night broadcasting, a medium he's been in for three decades, Letterman has left behind a question that is both terrifying and exciting - who is going to replace Dave? As we previously reported, Stephen Colbert is CBS' top pick for the role, as his contract ends around the same time Letterman's does. But the internet has had its say as well, and if our opinions are taken into consideration, several other funny people could be seated at the desk in the Ed Sullivan Theatre in 2015. Here are some possible candidates:

Craig Ferguson

Ferguson has hosted The Late Late Show, which airs directly after Letterman. He has a legion of fans who love his wit and goofy personality, and the surreal aspect of his show. Ferguson actually has a clause in his contract that says he should be the successor of Letterman's position, or he will be inclined to accept a considerable cash pay-out. It is unknown if CBS is looking to promote Ferguson, as he might be a bit too quirky for the prime late-night talk show spot, across from the adorable Jimmy Fallon and acidic Jimmy Kimmel.

Chelsea Handler

This is a weird one. Handler is an incredibly funny lady, and with her own retirement from her talk show, she is free to venture into more prestigious areas such as this. Many feel like she would be a good late night host for a Letterman-type programme, but she should first take on a follow-up slot and then work her way to the prime timeslot. If Ferguson does indeed get Letterman's job, then Handler would be a fantastic person to replace Ferguson on The Late Late Show.

Neil Patrick Harris

One of the most popular entertainers today, NPH has hosted the Emmys and Tonys multiple times, performed on Broadway and won two Emmys of his own. Added to that, he was the breakout star of CBS' most successful sitcom ever. He is a well-known individual, and he's very funny. However, hosting annual awards shows and hosting a late night talk show every night is quite different, and NPH has had very little experience in this aspect. However, now that How I Met Your Mother has ended, he is free to pursue other avenues, and he might be a good host for Late Show.

Jerry Seinfeld

The world's richest standup comedian and face of 90s television has not really been doing anything of great importance lately, and he would be legendary as a late night talk show host. But would he want to conform to such a strict schedule which will take him away from his beloved standup? I doubt it.

Tina Fey

Undeniably one of the funniest women in the industry today, and she would be fantastic as a late night host. Her legendary stint on Saturday Night Live showed off her amazing talents and comedic timing behind a desk, and of course she stole our hearts on 30 Rock. The problem? She has had a great relationship with NBC for several years, and it may cause some trouble with her friend Lorne Michaels if she moved to CBS. But anything is possible, and having a woman behind the desk would revolutionize late night television. Special Mentions: Bonnie HuntAmy Poehler, Drew CareyZach GalifianakisMaria Bamford Who is going to replace Letterman? Don't expect this question to be answered any time soon, as a whole lot of dates and meetings need to be set (Letterman doesn't even have a solid date to retire yet). But until then, let the speculation continue!   Keep Up With PopWrapped On The Web!
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