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Neil Patrick Harris Approached for ‘Late Show’

Neil Patrick HarrisNeil Patrick Harris was asked to present The Late Show.

The How I Met Your Mother actor - who raises twins Harper and Gideon, three, with partner David Burtka - was asked to replace David Letterman on the nightly talk show and even got as far as meeting with CBS executives to discuss the opportunity.

"They called me in and sat me down and asked if that would be something that I would be interested in doing," he said. However, despite the lucrative offer, the 40-year-old actor turned down the job as he worried about getting "bored" and wanted more flexible working.

"In that instance I felt like I knew what my skill sets were. I was surprised that he pitched me that idea, and I sort of sat for a minute with it and told him the things that concerned me about the longevity of that kind of gig. I would get bored of the repetition fast, and the structure is so set that I don't have any interest in doing monologue, commercial, sketch, guest, guest, musical act, good night," he said on The Howard Stern Show.

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Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman

Stephen ColbertStephen Colbert will replace David Letterman on the Late Show.

The 49-year-old host, who currently fronts The Colbert Report, will be taking over from the 66-year-old star on the CBS show when he retires next year.

"Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead. I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth," Stephen said in a statement.

Stephen hosts his Comedy Central show, which he has fronted since 2005, in the character of a conservative cable news anchor and, although the late-night program will finish its run in eight months time, it is not yet known whether his alter-ego will live on.

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Letterman: Jay Leno “Got Everything He Deserved”

I have to say - that David Letterman is one confusing guy. One minute, he’s playing nice and inviting you to be in his Super Bowl commercial. The next minute he’s publicly calling you a “boob” behind your back.

On last night’s broadcast, Dr. Phil McGraw quickly regretted bringing up the drama behind the late night wars. “I loved it. It was great fun,” Letterman replied enthusiastically. “I loved Jay summing the whole thing up, ‘Yeah, yeah, well [O’Brien and I] both got screwed.’ I said, ‘Now wait a minute, Jay. You both got screwed and yet you’re the only one who ended up with a show. How did you get screwed exactly?’”

When McGraw tried to come to Jay’s defense, David disagreed. “Believe me, he got everything he deserved,” Letterman insisted. “It was good fun and I couldn’t get enough of it and I wish it was still going on.”

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David Letterman Issues Apology to Sarah Palin

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David Letterman and Sarah Palin

The Sarah Palin/David Letterman controversy has just entered its next and, hopefully, final phase.

On tonight’s Late Show with David Letterman, the host does what many had felt he should have done last week—apologize sincerely to the Alaskan governor. The move comes after increased criticism about his questionable jokes and a scathing response from Palin herself. (The network also lost an advertiser from its website.)

Although a video clip will most likely be made available later, you can read CBS’ transcript of Letterman’s remarks after the jump.

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VIDEO: Sarah Palin Reacts to the David Letterman Controversy

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Comedy, Late Night, Talk Shows, CBS,

Eight months ago, who knew David Letterman would see himself in this position? Back in October, John McCain did his best to make amends after famously snubbing the host for the economic crisis. Now it’s David who’s trying to keep the peace…with Sarah Palin.

On Tuesday’s broadcast, Letterman cracked more than a few jokes abut the Alaskan governor’s visit to New York. In addition to comparing Palin’s look to a “slutty fight attendant” (you can see his Top 10 after the jump), he also made references to one of Sarah’s children. Which daughter he was commenting about is part of the issue at hand.

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David Letterman Continues Complaining About McCain Snub

Paris Hilton on David Letterman

While last-minute talk show cancellations are nothing new, ‘s absence this week is apparently something David Letterman won’t be getting past anytime soon.

On Wednesday night’s Late Show with David Letterman, the host spent a good portion of the evening reacting bitterly to the presidential candidate’s snub. (You can see that clip here.) McCain, believing he needed to suspend all campaigning to focus on the economy, called Letterman to explain the situation. But instead of heading directly to D.C. like he had claimed, the senator was found taping an interview with Katie Couric during Letterman’s show.

Although McCain’s camp later explained that they didn’t think an appearance on a comedy show would be appropriate, David continued to unleash his disappointment during Thursday’s taping. Coincidentally, one of the guests during last night’s program was Paris Hilton—a former McCain target. You can watch segments from Day Two after the jump.

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David Letterman Returns With Writer Support

David Letterman has accomplished what no other late night host has managed to do: reach an agreement with the writers.  Of course, owning your own company does have its perks.

Letterman and his production company, WorldWide Pants, have been sitting down with the for some time now in hopes of working out a deal.  Late today, the two sides came to terms on an independent agreement that would allow both and to come back on Jan. 2nd.  Although the two talk shows will technically be competing with the returns of Leno, O’Brien and Kimmel, CBS will easily have the advantage.  Letterman and will be the only ones with the scripted jokes.

Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart will also be returning - sans writers - on January 7th.

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Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart Return to Work

Jon Stewart has just announced the January return of its two late-night talk show hosts.  and will ring in their new years on January 7th, five days after Kimmel, Leno and O’Brien have scheduled their starts.  and - like the ABC and NBC programs - will resume production sans writers.  What this means for these ‘news’ shows and their largely scripted formats is unknown.

Stewart and Colbert, who are also members of the , released a joint statement about the decision:

’‘We would like to return to work with our writers. If we cannot, we would like to express our ambivalence, but without our writers we are unable to express something as nuanced as ambivalence.’‘

Meanwhile, we may get details later today about the plans for late-night programs.  company, Worldwide Pants, will be meeting with members of the WGA today.  If they can reach an interim agreement, both and could also be hitting the airwaves - with scribes - come January 2nd.

No matter how you feel about the writers’ situation, what do you think about The Daily Show and The Colbert Report returning?  Could they possibly be as good as they were pre-strike—or do you think the quality will suffer?  Will you simply be happy to see them back regardless of the content?

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David Letterman Through 2010

Posted by Wendy Michaels Categories: Comedy, Late Night, CBS, Ratings, Renewals,

David Letterman CBS just extended David Letterman’s contract through 2010 for hosting duties of The Late Show with David Letterman. “I’m thrilled to be continuing on at CBS,” Letterman said in a statement.  “At my age, you really don’t want to have to learn a new commute.” A great day for Letterman fans, indeed. This will extend his hosting tour beyond competitor Jay Leno, who is planning to leave The Tonight Show in 2009 (passing duties on to Conan O’Brien).

Letterman has been at the hosting job for some time—and will celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Late Show in February. He began his tenure at NBC’s Late Night with David Letterman, leaving NBC in 1993 and making the move to CBS and Late Show. “Thirteen years ago, David Letterman put CBS late night on the map, and in the process, became one of the defining icons of our Network,” said CBS honcho Les Moonves. “His presence on our air is an ongoing source of pride, and the creativity and imagination that the Late Show puts forth every night is an ongoing display of the highest quality entertainment. We are truly honored that one of the most revered and talented entertainers of our time will continue to call CBS ‘home.’”

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