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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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VIDEO: James Franco Blames Lackluster Oscars on Anne Hathaway

Speculation has run the gamut on James Franco’s uninspired Oscar performance. Some have claimed drugs were behind his sleepy delivery, while others have accused the co-host of simply not caring.

“People said I was under the influence,” Franco said on the Late Show with David Letterman. “I love her, but Anne Hathaway is so energetic, I think the Tasmanian Devil would look stoned standing next to [her].”

Fair point. “I never dreamed of being the best Oscar host ever… It doesn’t mean I didn’t care and it doesn’t mean I didn’t try hard, right?” James Franco asked.

Though some have accused the Academy Award nominee of exactly that. Watch Franco’s interview in the video above, and tell us if he’s managed to win you over yet.

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VIDEO: Snooki Reads Letterman’s Top 10

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Snooki recently appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman to read one of the host’s Top 10 lists.

The topic on deck? Her new book, of course.

At least with the power of Letterman’s writers behind her, the Snooks is actually funny. Check out the video to hear the list.

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The Daily Show is Number One

Maybe Conan O’Brien shouldn’t get too cozy in his new office at TBS.

The former NBC funnyman will debut his Conan, a new late night series, at 11 pm on Monday … and that means he’s facing the toughest of all late night competition.

According to TVByTheNumbers, The Daily Show is the top-rated late night show among adults age 18 - 49. The numbers are in, and Jon Stewart is officially the king of late night … but during one of the weeks reviewed, The Daily Show, The Tonight Show and Late Show with David Letterman were all showing re-runs.

We have a sneaking suspicion that all Daily Show ratings spikes come just when FOX News hires new staffers.

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VIDEO: Joaquin Phoenix Cleans Up for Letterman

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David Letterman definitely knew something was off. But despite what his writer previously reported, he did not know what Joaquin Phoenix was up to last year.

That’s why I’m Still Here actor – who reunited with Letterman Wednesday for the first time since February 2009 – felt it necessary to make amends for his little stunt.

“I think that you’ve interviewed many, many people and I assumed that you would know the difference between a character and a real person, so…  But I apologize. I didn’t.. I hope I didn’t offend you in any way,” the two-time Oscar nominee said.

“Oh, no – oh, no, no, no, I was not offended,” Letterman replied. “I’m telling you, it was so much fun. It was batting practice, you know what I mean? Every one of them was a dinger.”

“Well, we’d hoped to come on a talk show and I was looking for a beat down, and I got one ... I want to thank you for that,” Phoenix laughed.

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Late Show Writer: Letterman Participated in Joaquin Phoenix Hoax

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For a lot of people, Casey Affleck finally admitting that Joaquin Phoenix had been playing a joke was just as surprising as a Lindsay Lohan relapse. But would you be shocked to know that David Letterman was supposedly in on it?

Although Affleck, the director of the “documentary” I’m Still There, recently claimed Letterman was unaware of Phoenix’s “terrific performance,” a Late Show writer tells an entirely different story.

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Joaquin Phoenix and David Letterman to Reunite

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A lot can change in a person’s life in just 19 months—as David Letterman (and his wife) would know. But how has the past year and a half treated Joaquin Phoenix?

Well, we may get an answer to that question when the Oscar nominee returns to the Late Show next week. That’s when Phoenix—who made a memorably awkward appearance on that program in Feb. 2009—is scheduled to promote his film I’m Still Here.

If Joaquin still isn’t the mood to speak, maybe Dave could at least get Phoenix to do a rap? You better set your TiVos for September 22 just in case.

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TV Talk: Alterations for Price of Beauty, Ratings Drops for Late Night Programs

Description-How apropos. Jessica Simpson’s The Price of Beauty will need to undergo alterations before returning. A new season will likely focus more on makeovers and less on travel.

-Will Celebrity Rehab net a former tennis star? The reality series is reportedly interested in nabbing Jennifer Capriati, who was hospitalized for an accidental drug overdose last month.

-The summer has not been kind to Jay Leno or David Letterman. The Tonight Show recently had its smallest audience since 1992. The Late Show had its lowest since 1993.

-Speaking of late night, TLC is about to introduce a new program titled Strange Sex. The six-part series profiling “mysterious conditions, unusual fetishes and the kinky science behind sexual attraction” debuts July 18.


VIDEO: Lost Producers List Top Ten Spoilers for Letterman


Believe it or not, we are now just three - three! - days away from the series finale

Want a little insight on what we can expect from ABC’s big event? During yesterday’s Late Show broadcast, executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse presented the Top Ten things we should be looking out for this Sunday.

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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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