10 Personalities Who Could Replace David Letterman On The Late Show
David Letterman has been a fixture on late-night television since 1982, but last Friday he announced that he will be hanging up his talk show hat after more than 30 years of interviewing celebrities and giving us his top ten lists. Even though Letterman will retire in 2015, there is already speculation about who will replace him on the Late Show. Here are ten candidates we’re rooting for.
Stephen Colbert starred in the cult Comedy Central show “Strangers with Candy” as the hilarious closeted gay high school teacher before moving on to become a correspondent at the “Daily Show.” In 2005 he was given his own spin-off show and took his mock staunch conservative stance to new heights on the “Colbert Report.” Colbert’s contract with Comedy Central is up in December so that plus his extensive knowledge in pop culture and politics makes him a great candidate to take over for Letterman.
She worked as a high school teacher in Long Island, NY before following her dreams of becoming a comedian. For 16 years Joy Behar was a staple on ABC’s “The View” but the 71-year-old said goodbye to Barbara Walters and the rest of her co-hosts last summer to pursue other projects. Behar would also fill in for Larry King on his CNN show and in 2007, she was given her own show on HLN which lasted for four seasons. A year after it went off of the air, Behar once again was the star of her own show, this time on Current TV but that gig ended soon after Al Jazeera America bought the fledging network leaving her unemployed.
Whoopi Goldberg has been making audiences laugh for more than 30 years. Getting her start on the stage as a comedian, Goldberg has enjoyed a successful career as an actress and is one of the few artists ever to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award. In 2007, Barbara Walters brought Goldberg in to replace Rosie O’Donnell as the moderator on her daytime talk show “The View.” Goldberg has more than enough experience interviewing celebrities and if she does fill Letterman’s shoes, she will become part of a very small group of women who’ve had their own late-night shows.
You may not be as familiar with his name as other candidates, but Jason Sudeikis could be the right person to take over for Letterman. Coming from an improv background, Sudeikis was hired as a writer on “Saturday Night Live” before he went in front of the cameras. In addition to his eight years as a cast member on the show, Sudeikis has also starred in “30 Rock,” HBO’s Eastbound & Down” and other shows. The Virginia native has also starred in several comedy movies including “Hall Pass,” “Horrible Bosses” and “We’re the Millers.” Sudeikis has proven he has a funny bone and if he can interview other celebrities filling in for Letterman should be an easy fit for him.
For seven seasons Kristen Wiig has kept audiences laughing as part of the cast of “Saturday Night Live.” Hollywood took a gamble with Wiig and it paid off big time in the form of the 2011 smash comedy hit “Bridesmaids.” The film, which Wiig co-wrote, took in over $28 million at the box office opening weekend and has grossed almost $300 million worldwide. Wiig has several movies coming out this year but since she’s given up the steady “SNL” paycheck, she’s available to host her own late-night television show and will be a pleasant replacement for Letterman.
Jerry Seinfeld made a ton of money writing and starring in a show about nothing. After nine years, “Seinfeld” went off the air in 1998 to record numbers and the reruns still come on today on several networks. Since his show went off of the air, Seinfeld has kept himself busy with the Bee Movie, bit parts on other television shows and has even gone back to his roots and done a few stand up shows of his own. In 2012, Seinfeld started the web series “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.” Other than his latest project, Seinfeld is free to replace Letterman and audiences would love to see him return to television on a daily basis.
There’s no denying how much America loves Tina Fey. After cutting her teeth as the head writer and cast member of “Saturday Night Live,” NBC gave her the green light to create, produce, write and star in her own show. “30 Rock” enjoyed seven seasons on the air and Fey has also proven herself in Hollywood. She wrote the film Mean Girls starring Lindsay Lohan and has been in numerous films herself but no one could forget her spot on impressions of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin during the 2008 campaign. Audiences love Fey so much she was tapped to host the Golden Globes two years in a row along with her buddy Amy Poehler and it would be great if the “Parks & Recreation” star could be Fey’s sidekick on late-night television.
Canadian comedian Martin Short starred in a show in his home country that was similar to “Saturday Night Live” before relocating to New York and joining the cast of the long-running Saturday night show in the mid 80’s. Short is no stranger to having his own show. He has had his own sitcom, sketch comedy show and talk show and after more than 40 years in the entertainment world, he is more than capable of taking the reins from Letterman. Short most recently has been on several episodes of “Hollywood Game Night” but that shouldn’t stop him from returning to late-night television for good.
For the last few years Louis C.K. has become bigger than ever but the comedian has been in the business since 1985. Fans may remember his short-lived HBO show “Lucky Louie” or his work on “The Chris Rock Show.” His current FX show “Louie” has upped his presence and the 46-year-old’s stand up shows have been selling out across the country ever since. C.K.’s observational and dark comedy may not go over big with the higher ups over at CBS but he has proven himself as a comedic entity with a huge fan base.
In 2004, Entertainment Weekly named her one of the funniest 25 people in America and ten years later Wanda Sykes is still making people laugh. Fellow comedian Chris Rock gave Sykes her big break when he tapped her to become a writer on “The Chris Rock Show.” Sykes had a recurring role on Larry David’s HBO show “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and had her own short-lived sitcom “Wanda At Large” before joining Julia Louis-Dreyfuss on her hit sitcom “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” If given Letterman’s job, this won’t be the first late-night television job for Sykes. She broke through the old boy’s club back in 2009 with “The Wanda Sykes Show” but it was cancelled less than six months into its run.