One of the huge stories in April was David Letterman announcing his retirement from The Late Show With David Letterman. His last show is scheduled for some time in 2015.
David Letterman has been a staple on late night television for over 30 years. Letterman started with his own program called Late Night With David Letterman that first aired on NBC in February 1982. When Johnny Carson announced his retirement from The Tonight Show in the early 1990s, Carson picked Letterman to succeed him. The brass at NBC went against Carson's wishes and selected Jay Leno. Letterman departed NBC for his own 11:35 PM (ET) in 1993 over on CBS where he has been there since.
Upon the announcement of his retirement, there was a lot of speculation of who would replace him. Jezebel produced a list of ten women who could replace Letterman among them former SNL alums Maya Rudolph, Amy Pohler, and Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, Ellen Degeneres, and Wanda Sykes. Other names that circulated were Jon Stewart and Conan O'Brien, and even bumping Craig Ferguson from The Late, Late Show into The Late Show slot.
All of them would have been very good candidates for The Late Show.
Instead CBS agreed to let the Colbert Nation invade their staple program. The new host of The Late Show starting in 2015 will be Stephen Colbert.
This interview features the passing of the comedy torch from one generation to the next.
Full interview provided below.