Since David Letterman announced his retirement, speculation as to who will take over for the late night host of 33 years has been swirling. Jay Leno, John Oliver, and Conan have made the lists, but most notably on the lists are female funnies Ellen DeGeneres and Chelsea Handler. Maybe the best “man” for the job is a woman. Chelsea Handler has had great success on her own late night show, Chelsea Lately, on the E! network for almost seven years, but recently announced that she's parting ways with E!. In 2012, Handler dipped her hand in primetime with Are You There Chelsea?, but NBC cancelled the show after only one season. Handler is just great at conducting engaging, entertaining interviews. The Liberty Voice is reporting that Handler is currently in talks with CBS.
Ellen DeGeneres has been a daytime talk show host since 2003, and became the queen of daytime more recently when Oprah Winfrey ended her successful daytime talk show after 25 years in 2011. DeGeneres helped the Academy Awards this March, where she hosted one of the highest rated Oscar ceremonies in almost 10 years. Ellen’s roots are in stand up, but she has become a staple in games, interviews, celebrities, and of course, giveaways. DeGeneres‘ audience is currently very different than the demographic would be for a late night show. Then again, DeGeneres seems to break down expected barriers, being one of the first women to “come out” and display to networks that viewers lover her no matter what. A pro to Ellen taking over for Letterman is that it would bring another late night show back to Burbank, California. After Jay Leno’s exit in February, Jimmy Kimmel is currently the only late night host in Hollywood.
All things considered, it’s time for a woman to take over in late night. Chelsea Handler is probably the better bet- she can definitely play with the boys. While Ellen seems to be on everyone's watch list, she’s very comfortable in her daytime time slot. Handler has the right stuff- being edgy enough to cross the line while still being an amusing interviewer. Time will tell as talks with CBS have begun for prospective candidates.
Who do you think should take over for Letterman?