Top 10 List of Potential Replacements for David Letterman

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Veteran late-night television host David Letterman surprised viewers of the Late Show recently when he revealed that he would be retiring sometime in 2015. Letterman has been a late-night television fixture since he began in 1982 as the host of NBC’s Late Night, before departing for CBS in 1992. While it is expected to be at least a year or more before Letterman actually leaves CBS, the announcement has inevitably sparked speculation about who will replace Letterman as the host of the Late Show.

Letterman’s retirement announcement follows the recent departure of longtime The Tonight Show host Jay Leno, who was replaced by the younger Jimmy Fallon. This has led many observers to speculate that CBS may be planning on replacing Letterman with a similarly younger host who could attract a broader demographic. Although fans of Letterman’s late-night antics may argue that the legendary host can never truly be replaced, here are ten contenders in no particular order that various industry pundits and viewers have suggested as successors to David Letterman.

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1. Craig Ferguson

According to Reuters, Craig Ferguson — current host of CBS’s Late Late Show — was supposedly promised that he would be given Letterman’s earlier time slot when the Late Show host retired. However, several industry watchers have noted that Ferguson’s lackluster ratings already lag NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers — his current direct competitor.

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