There were rumors flying yesterday that David Letterman announced his retirement at a taping of his show, and when The Late Show aired, it was confirmed.
“A year from now, I’ll be on a beach with a metal detector,” Letterman joked, and continued to make fun of his pending departure:
“This weekend, my son is taking me to see senior centers,” “My retirement will not become official until [Survivor host] Jeff Probst blows out my torch,” and “It’s been tough doing this show since Regis[Philbin] passed away.” “Jan, my makeup artist, told me, ‘Dave, there’s really nothing more I can do.’ ”
With Jay Leno no longer in the fight, and Letterman being 67 years old and hosting The Late Show for a long time, the decision makes sense, it just sort of came out of nowhere. Leno’s departure was a lengthy saga that had NBC practically dragging him out kicking and screaming more than once. Letterman is doing this on his own terms, it seems. I doubt CBS wants him to go, and now the question turns to who will replace him.
It could be Craig Ferguson, but some are saying that perhaps it’s not time for another older white guy to be a host in that slot (even though that’s what CBS’s audience may be most comfortable with). Fallon has replaced Leno, but why couldn’t there be a female or minority host in such a prominent spot? Some have talked about Chelsea Handler taking over, now that she’s left E!
What do you make of Dave’s retirement, and who should replace him?
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