Progressive Notion

Happy birthday to David Letterman, who turned 67 this past Saturday. He is by far the oldest of the late-night talk show hosts. Arsenio is second (58), followed by Craig (51), Conan (50), Kimmel (46), Seth (40) and the baby of the group Fallon (39). Once Stephen Colbert takes over The Late Show next year he’ll actually be right in the middle of the pact. He’s currently 49.

For what it’s worth, I think Stephen will do a fine job hosting The Late Show. He’s sharp, talented and very funny. Personally, I would have loved it if either Tina Fey or Sarah Silverman had been chosen instead. They are also sharp, talented and very funny, but they also would have been able to offer a unique perspective that’s currently missing on late-night talk shows.

Everyone is now wondering what Comedy Central is going to do with the slot vacated by The Colbert Report. For me, the bigger and much more important question is: What’s going to happen with Ferguson over at The Late Late Show? Bill Carter, in this New York Times’ article, reported:

CBS will face questions about its own host-in-waiting, Craig Ferguson, whose contract concludes at the end of this year. If Mr. Ferguson decides to leave, the network will be seeking another host for its 12:35 a.m. show.

“No decision has been made about 12:35,” Mr. Moonves said. “We’re in discussions. Our pat answer is, Let us deal with one hour at a time.”

Yikes! Maybe hosting The Price is Right for a day, and being passed over for The Late Show, is making his upcoming hosting duties on Celebrity Name Game look like a more attractive gig.

– Ben