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Old 04-03-2014, 04:43 PM   #1
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David Letterman to retire in 2015?

http://www.al.com/entertainment/inde...tire_in_2.html

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Late night legend David Letterman announced he will retire from "The Late Show" on CBS in 2015, reports CNN's Brian Stelter via Twitter.

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Old 04-03-2014, 05:02 PM   #2
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Well he said he was waiting for Jay to call it quits. I believe he will do a Johnny and quietly disappear.

Even though a number here like Craig, I don't think he will get it.
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Old 04-03-2014, 05:40 PM   #3
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Here's another article including a statement from Les Moonves:
http://tvline.com/2014/04/03/david-l...ing-late-show/
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Old 04-03-2014, 05:46 PM   #4
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Old 04-03-2014, 05:48 PM   #5
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I still like Dave a lot more than Craig. In fact, Craig is the only talk show host I can't watch longer than a minute or so. But don't really watch anyone each night anymore. Occasionally watch Jimmy Kimmel, but that is because I like Guillermo Rodriguez the former parking lot attendant. I am amazed that Latinos haven't protested the way they treat him. He is like a parody of everything wrong with some of Spanish speaking TV.
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Old 04-03-2014, 06:08 PM   #6
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Yeah, is about 25 years too late.
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Old 04-03-2014, 06:58 PM   #7
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http://www.latimes.com/entertainment...,0,15471.story

There's a video clip embedded in the article from his show tonight where he said he would retire.
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Old 04-03-2014, 08:14 PM   #8
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Yeah, is about 25 years too late.
....and that's being generous....
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Old 04-03-2014, 08:26 PM   #9
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Letterman has been, and always be funnier than Leno!!
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Old 04-03-2014, 08:42 PM   #10
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As much as I enjoy Craig Ferguson, I don't think his brand of shtick would work well in the earlier timeslot. It will be interesting to see who they pick. I wonder if they'll have a slew of guest hosts over the next year or so to try people out?
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Old 04-03-2014, 08:56 PM   #11
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Letterman has been, and always be funnier than Leno!!
Just because you say that, doesn't make it true.
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:05 PM   #12
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As much as I enjoy Craig Ferguson, I don't think his brand of shtick would work well in the earlier timeslot. It will be interesting to see who they pick. I wonder if they'll have a slew of guest hosts over the next year or so to try people out?
Was just going to post the same sentiment.

I think the Twitterverse is saying Craig has already been picked to replace Dave though.


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Old 04-03-2014, 09:11 PM   #13
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Craig Ferguson is a letch. I can not believe he is on tv. Then again I detested Conan.
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Was just going to post the same sentiment.

I think the Twitterverse is saying Craig has already been picked to replace Dave though.


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There's long been a rumor that Craig has a clause in his contract that gives him the earlier time slot when Dave retires. But as we've discussed in various threads here about the issue, such clauses can always be renegotiated or bought out, so that doesn't guarantee that Craig will get the job. I think CBS has to do something significant to counter the two Jimmys, who are both killing Letterman in the ratings. I don't think moving Craig to 11:35 will accomplish that.
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Seem to me that Jimmy Fallon is kicking his axx!!!
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:56 PM   #17
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This is a sad day in late night TV. (ok, I'm exaggerating.)

Though I admit I have a ton of Lettermans piled up on my Tivo, I do end up watching/listening (sometimes I end up essentially making podcast episodes and listen at 2x) to them eventually.
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:57 PM   #18
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I was a Letterman fan for years. Unfortunately, he got lazy and boring about 10 years ago. Well that's when I noticed it starting and it's just gotten worse ever since. I stopped watching him about 5 years ago. I watched Monday night just to see Robin and was surprised to see how much he's aged in recent years. I kept thinking he looked past ready for retirement. What a coincidence.
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:00 PM   #19
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There's long been a rumor that Craig has a clause in his contract that gives him the earlier time slot when Dave retires. But as we've discussed in various threads here about the issue, such clauses can always be renegotiated or bought out, so that doesn't guarantee that Craig will get the job. I think CBS has to do something significant to counter the two Jimmys, who are both killing Letterman in the ratings. I don't think moving Craig to 11:35 will accomplish that.
After further investigation, that's what the buzz is, the Craig Clause.


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Old 04-03-2014, 11:01 PM   #20
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I'm not sure if World Wide Pants continues to have a deal for the 11:30 show. If so, it seems like Dave can pick his replacement, pending CBS's approval.
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:04 PM   #21
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What's the over/under on this being a stunt by Letterman?

He ostensibly "retires" next year after naming Jay Leno as his successor.

Leno's on for a few months and then Letterman comes out of retirement and takes the show back.
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What's the over/under on this being a stunt by Letterman?

He ostensibly "retires" next year after naming Jay Leno as his successor.

Leno's on for a few months and then Letterman comes out of retirement and takes the show back.
I'd say that's HIGHLY unlikely. Not sure how to make an over/under on that, but if I'm placing odds, I'd say it's at least 100 to 1.
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Old 04-04-2014, 04:43 AM   #24
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Letterman has been, and always be funnier than Leno!!
Dave is naturally funny where with Jay he had to work at it. Dave could be funny just looking at you with his natural charm and character. But Jay learned how to be funny by working at it. And Jay kept trying to be funny while Dave just got arrogant and did what ever he wanted to do and doesn't care if it is funny anymore. And he abused guests to the point it wasn't funny, just irritating. I remember one time Madonna came on and she really wanted to talk and give a good informational interview, but Dave just wanted to be the class clown. The look on Madonnas was 'grown up buddy!'. And it was true.

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Was just going to post the same sentiment.

I think the Twitterverse is saying Craig has already been picked to replace Dave though.


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Craig will never last in Daves' slot. I am surprised he has been in his own slot for so long. He is the worst talk show host of all time in my opinion.

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Craig Ferguson is a letch. I can not believe he is on tv. Then again I detested Conan.
I could watch Conan, but can't watch Craig for over a minute.
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Just because you say that, doesn't make it true.
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Leno still does Clinton jokes in his stand up act.

It will be interesting to see who gets the slot.
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Well he said he was waiting for Jay to call it quits. I believe he will do a Johnny and quietly disappear.

Even though a number here like Craig, I don't think he will get it.
Count me as one of the number. However, as mentioned elsewhere, I don't know if his style and gimmicks would work well at that hour. Also, he's starting his new game show and that's likely the focus of his energy.
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Leno still does Clinton jokes in his stand up act.

It will be interesting to see who gets the slot.
Well then, how about "Late Night with Bill Clinton"?

I would still like to see Alec Baldwin do the talk show. Like Jon Stewart, he can interview a mix of fluffy air-headed entertainers as well as pundits from any field. On second thought, the demographic for the late night audience is more likely to prefer fluff, and Baldwin has too many opinions to reduce his conversation to just the entertainment world.

Chelsea Handler will be available, and may be a shoe-in (shoo-in?) for the spot. Personally, I do not find her to be funny, and she might bring along her current cast/staff of writers which do not appeal to me. I would give the show a chance however.
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Drew Carey did a pretty good job when he and Craig swapped shows for April Fools. I wonder how he would do as a talk show host on a nightly basis?
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