David Letterman announced his intention to retire yesterday… so the obvious next question is who will replace the Late Night host? It turns out, that the frontrunner for the position may, in fact, be the outspoken Miss Chelsea Handler! Just this past Sunday, Handler announced her intention to leave the E! network when her contract ends this year.
In April, Handler visited the Late Show and spoke with Letterman about the job.
Discussing the shake-ups in late night TV, Chelsea said: ‘Nobody can keep their job for very long, it seems. I mean, you’re lucky to have a job over here at CBS.’
‘I’m lucky to have a job, period,’ Letterman replied: ‘I don’t care where – I’m lucky to have a job. Mowing lawns – I would be lucky to have a job mowing lawns.’
Chelsea retorted: ‘Well, yeah – you’re a small man.’
Discussing Jay Leno’s departure from NBC’s Tonight show, Chelsea – who had made it no secret she was unhappy at E! – joked that Leno had left her a voicemail. The odd couple’s interview ended when Chelsea called him ‘dainty’, and Letterman retorted: ‘You’re kinda hefty for a broad.’
Grabbing her chest, Chelsea, clearly not insulted, replied: ‘We all know what you’re talking about.’
I’m a fan of Chelsea Handler so I think this would be a great move for her and for CBS. I doubt it will come to fruition, however. The last woman to have her own network late night show was Joan Rivers, for one year in 1986. Additionally, Deadline Hollywood, is reporting that Stephen Colbert is the only candidate that CBS is considering right now. Colbert’s current home is the Colbert Report on Comedy Central- which won its first Emmy this last year. He would certainly be the safer, more traditional and more male choice…
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