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Oddsmakers favor Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman

From the moment that David Letterman announced that he was retiring from his record-setting stint as the host of the Late Show, people have been speculating about what this could mean, us included. Will this be Jon Stewart’s chance? Or perhaps this is the time for a woman to take over the world of late night?

But as much as we can speculate, nobody at this point has much to go on. Turning to the professionals, we let the oddsmakers at Brovada tell us who they think will replace Letterman as host of the Late Show. Here are the odds they gave us:

Stephen Colbert: 3/1
Craig Ferguson: 7/2
Chelsea Handler: 5/1
Conan O’Brien: 6/1
Jon Stewart: 7/1
Jerry Seinfeld: 9/1
Neil Patrick Harris: 15/1
Louis C.K.: 15/1
Chris Rock: 20/1
Tina Fey: 33/1
Ellen DeGeneres: 33/1
Howard Stern: 40/1
Alec Baldwin: 40/1
Jay Leno: 50/1

What do you all think of those odds? Is Stephen Colbert sitting comfortably at the top of your list as well? Sound off in the comments below!

David Letterman: Top 10 things we'll miss

It’s easy to forget: David Letterman took the formal late-night interview format and made it fun. Goofy, sarcastic, blunt, even. He was an innovator who played with the mechanics of the medium, a B.S.-free trailblazer.

Here, from the home office in Sioux City, Iowa, are the top 10 things we’ll miss: READ FULL STORY

Seth Meyers pays tribute to Letterman during 'Late Night' monologue

In a fitting and genuine monologue, Late Night‘s newest recruit paid tribute to the man that, in his opinion, started it all, sharing his thoughts on Letterman’s recently announced retirement.
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The David Letterman Legacy will live on in every other late-night host

With the news that David Letterman will retire next year, the narrative that has defined the late-night talk show wars for decades finally comes to a close: The mismanaged end of the Johnny Carson era of The Tonight Show, a blundered hand-off with far-reaching, long-term, biz-changing ripple effects. It immediately put CBS in the late-night business, seeded the (staggered) rises of Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jimmy Fallon, and settled and linked the legacies of Jay Leno (The Man Who Stole The Tonight Show. Twice!) and Letterman himself (The Man Who Should Have Been The Next Carson) long before the end of their runs. READ FULL STORY

David Letterman: Obama, celebs react to retirement

Shortly after iconic CBS late-night host David Letterman announced his plan to retire in 2015, Twitter reaction began to pour in from a wide-range of celebrities — and even President Obama — reflecting on the comedian’s legacy. See a selection of those tweets below (more to come): READ FULL STORY

Late Night Highlight: Peter Dinklage has never read the 'Game of Thrones' books

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Game of Thrones fans: Don’t challenge Peter Dinklage to a Song of Ice and Fire plot quiz.

Though the actor portrays Tyrion Lannister on HBO’s hit drama, Dinklage made a big confession to David Letterman Wednesday night: He’s never actually read George R. R. Martin’s beloved series. “George is probably going to kill my character now that I’ve confessed that,” Dinklage joked.

Watch our late night highlight clip below:

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Jimmy Fallon: More than Jay or Dave, he could be a new Johnny Carson

Tonight, when Jimmy Fallon takes over The Tonight Show, it may sound woefully out-of-date to suggest that he in any way wants to be, or should be, or is going to be “the new Johnny Carson.” The very phrase reeks of Vegas mothballs. Over the last two decades, starting with the moment when Jay Leno launched his Attack Of The Nice Guy blandified makeover, The Tonight Show has effectively been de-Johnny-fied, and Fallon, who is 24 years younger than Leno (and would be 49 years younger than Carson if Carson were still alive), represents a brand new generation — or maybe I should say a new-brand generation — in the dominance of late night. The amazing freshness of Fallon’s appeal is that he’s looking forward, not back. READ FULL STORY

Late night hosts say goodbye to Jay Leno -- VIDEO

Thursday night, the late night world said goodbye to Jay Leno as his final episode as host of the Tonight Show aired. Some took the opportunity to get one final Leno joke off their chest (guess who that was?), while others pushed their past issues with Leno aside and offered their congratulations. See what Leno’s peers had to say: READ FULL STORY

'Big Jaw' vs. the World: A history of Jay Leno hate

Fact #1: Jay Leno has been the most popular late night host in America for the majority of the past 19 years.

Fact #2: Comedians, Hollywood insiders, and laypeople alike just love hating on Leno, and have been doing so consistently for over 20 years.

Why? In their minds, the reasons are legion: Because he stole The Tonight Show from Johnny Carson’s rightful heir, David Letterman, way back in the early ’90s. Because he refused to simply retire when NBC tried to replace him with Conan O’Brien in 2009. Because his primetime Jay Leno Show tanked, sinking Conan’s Tonight Show before it had even really begun — and eventually forcing Conan to leave NBC for good. And most of all, because they say his jokes are broad, pandering, and eminently unfunny — which is a shame particularly because once upon a time, Leno had a reputation for being one of standup’s sharpest and edgiest comedians.

So as Leno prepares for his final few Tonight Shows, he finds himself in a unique position: More widely watched than any of his competitors, yet widely reviled by the majority of his peers. How widely, you ask? Let’s take a look back at the most notable jabs, slights, and straight-up insults famous people have aimed at Leno over the years — starting shortly after NBC revealed that he, rather than Letterman, would become Tonight‘s next host. (Insert “Jay takes it on the chin” joke here.)

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Bill Murray soars on David Letterman as Peter Pan -- VIDEO

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Bill Murray was in New York last night in advance of the Super Bowl, to promote his movie The Monuments Men, and of course, to campaign for the role of Peter Pan. Visiting his ol’ pal, David Letterman, Murray made an  entrance that would’ve made Mary Martin proud — or broken her heart. Dressed in green — though looking more like Friar Tuck than Pan — and flying above the stage, Murray made his plea to NBC to star in its next live-musical. “I feel like this is my moment,” Murray said. “They’re thinking about re-staging Peter Pan, and I’m the guy.”

Watch him fly in and visit Letterman. READ FULL STORY

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