The Most and Least Liked Potential Letterman Replacements – From Ellen DeGeneres to Conan O'Brien

The Most and Least Liked Potential Letterman Replacements – From Ellen DeGeneres to Conan O'Brien

Neil Patrick Harris and Stephen Colbert also top America's wish-list for Dave's replacement

David Letterman is beloved, but perhaps not particularly liked — at least according to Q Score.

The veteran CBS “Late Show” host, who just announced his retirement Thursday, has a relatively low Positive Q Score, a survey used by the TV industry to measure a personality's likability. Based on TheWrap‘s recent “Most and Least Liked Late-Night Hosts” Q Score series, only Arsenio Hall had a lower rating than Letterman and Carson Daly tied with the “Late Show” host.

So who does America want to inherit Dave's desk?

See photos: 14 Late Night TV Hosts Ranked by Popularity

Based on Q Score rankings, DeGeneres is the most-liked candidate that TheWrap has identified for Letterman's seat, with a big 30 Positive Q Score.

Next up are Neil Patrick Harris — a longterm CBS employee and awards-show favorite — and Stephen Colbert, both who scored 20s. Interestingly, Harris and Colbert were also singled out by New York Times’ Bill Carter as the network's frontrunners.

To create Q Scores, executive vice president Henry Schafer and his team provides a celebrity's name and a brief description to more than 1,800 viewers. The viewers are asked if they recognize the person, and how they feel about him or her.

See photos: David Letterman: 13 Potential ‘Late Show’ Replacements

The average celebrity has a 31 Recognizability score and a 16 Positive Q Score.

Surprisingly, Conan O'Brien is ranked as the least-liked potential Letterman replacement — scoring a 10.

Chelsea Handler, who recently gave notice of her exit to E!, ties with Craig Ferguson — the guy whose show follows Dave's.

Read the complete Q Scores list:

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  • Comment

    Are they seriously making these decisions based on the laughable Q scores?

    Ellen D. is awful. Her show does ok is because it's on daytime and housewives watch it. Her show is awful. Mind numbingly awful. She is creepy.

    Neil Patrick Harris is ok in small doses but is insufferable beyond that.

    If they're considering Stephen Colbert, then their argument against Craig Ferguson being “too narrow” rings false as Colbert is very niche.

    Jon Stewart
    Jay Leno
    Craig Ferguson

    • AmericanAlien

      Ellen is really creepy, and she is not a great host. I have tried to watch her show a few times and it is really bad. I am shocked it is a hit. Jay Leno? LOL….that would be funny. I think Ferguson should get it. He has rocked his show for many years. He is hilarious.

    • Drakman

      I'm all for Craig Ferguson getting it myself. Barring that, Neil Patrick Harris would be my next choice, but I wouldn't think he'd really be interested in the job.

    • GrimReaper07

      Jay Leno? He's one of the worst, most unfunny talk show hosts out there.

      • tom s

        That's why he topped all ratings charts while still with NBC. That's why Conan failed and they brought Leno back. That's why he went twenty years and Letterman nor anyone else could unseat him. Your opinion is WRONG.

        • Michael

          By that logic, McDonald's has the best food because they've sold billions for years.

          • Don Miller

            So it was wrong for a radio station in Washington D.C. to drop the liberal Air America network because no one was listening? Wow, it never fails to amaze me how you liberals don't have a clue about how businesses make money. From the Washington Post: “Air America, the liberal talk network carried on WWRC-AM (1260), went from bad to nonexistent. After WWRC recorded a mere fraction of a rating point in the spring with syndicated shows from the likes of lefty talkers Al Franken, Janeane Garofalo and Stephanie Miller, Arbitron couldn't detect a measurable listenership for the station this time around.”

          • Ace Moosely

            One of you is arguing business, one of you is arguing artistic quality, and the last of you is arguing that liberals are ruining the world because that's all he knows.

          • John

            Ted Turner is a liberal, and so is Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs, but who cares about labels, right? What does Air America have to do with this? Yes, the right-wing radio/TV media has the numbers because the people tuned in do NOT think for themselves. How else would anyone tolerate Rush for more than the time it takes to get to the toilet to heave? You get the point. Or do you, Donnie?

          • Colininla

            More political whining.

          • Don Miller

            Wow, what a brilliant comeback. I'm speechless beyond words. Did you come up with that all by yourself? It's odd that I've become a magnet for the Third String liberals on Disqus. Now go stomp your angry little foot somewhere else because I'm not babysitting you arrogant little liberal children.

          • Colininla

            Prattle on, Sparky. You're impressing no one.

          • tom s

            Your logic is poor Michael. Apples and oranges. Kids are a huge part of McDonald's success, and McDonald's is remarkably good at marketing to kids. Kids don't have any influence over what their parents watch late night. And the cost disparity between Mickey D's and their competitors is a non issue in late night network programming. Try again.

        • GrimReaper07

          I don't give a **** about what the ratings say, they've never had anything to with quality in any sort of media. All I know is that Leno is not only a douche, but that he hasn't ever made me crack a smile.

        • steve

          You clearly have ZERO idea what you're talking about. Conan DIDNT fail. NBC affiliates refused to air The Jay Leno show due to it cutting into local news. Then NBC wanted to put The Jay Leno Show BACK to his Tonight Show timeslot and push The Tonight Show with Conan back to a midnight timeslot. Conan refused and left NBC. Ratings had nothing to do with Jay coming back. A 5 year contract with an option for NBC to cancel The Jay Leno Show after 2 years is what happened. Idiot.

          • tom s

            I'm not an idiot, you however ARE a jerk. Conan lost a huge number of viewers, compared to what Leno had. THAT is why Leno was brought back. They offered Conan the later time slot and he refused. It all boiled down to advertising dollars. Before calling people “idiot”, think about it. Would I say that to his face, or am I a P**** who is only brave on the net? I know the answer jerk. And yeah, I would call you jerk face to face.

  • Muckraker

    DeGeneres? At the academy award this dreadful unfunny movie thought Liza looked like a draq queen. Ellen should look at herself in the mirror! She looks like the woman gym teacher that was supposedly funny. Ellen's smugness and dreary chat is great for the afternoon when her fans are ready to head out to some coffee shop. At 11:30 pm – the woman would create boring nightmares, she's so boring even Ambien wouldn't kill the horrible dreams.

  • rotorhead1871

    they have no idea……its pretty obvious…

  • Leon Davis

    That Q Score nonsense is nothing but a high school popularity contest. Rating “the coolest kid” on campus Every single person on that list is full of themselves – even Ellen. The number one rule of being a good talk show host is to make the guest look as good as you possibly can. I get sick and tired of these stupid hosts who steal the guest's time by yammering on and about their dumbass selves. The guest gets seven minutes and the host steals three. Shut up, already! Let the guest complete a thought, for crying out loud! Carson would insert little bits about himself but he was always self-effacing and he did it to “prime the guest's pump”, if you will. Leno did the same thing. Letterman, not so much. Dick Cavett was always excellent. This crowd is going nowhere.

    • Cuddy Sark

      Letterman is the worst. He's constantly trying to out-cool his own guests with his sarcastic quips and cynicism. I've always been a Leno fan.

      • Leon Davis

        Here's the secret. When I was a kid, an old guy told me how to get practically any girl I wanted. “It's real easy,” he said. “All you have to do is listen to their nonsense and pretend it really matters. Ask all the right questions at exactly the right time. Be sincere. Commiserate. Empathize. Stroke their ego. You'll have ‘em in the sack before they know what the heck happened.” He was right. Most guys start things off by telling a dame all about their own bad self. Money. Car. Career. Accomplishments. Like the girl doesn't really matter. I never do that. It's all about the woman. I'm trying to get into her knickers, not my own. It's no different being a talk show host. Shut up about yourself. Nobody cares.

  • hii

    jerry seinfeld… its so simple

    • JustLurkin

      I absolutely support you being entitled to your opinion. Having said that, allow me to express mine. Not no, but Hayuhll No! That's right. One syllable is insufficient. “Hell” had to be expanded into two syllables to even begin to express enough emphasis.

    • Jim Rasmussen

      Seinfeld has said he won't be back on television because, “I'm old, I'm tired and I'm rich.”

      • Namer

        I love Jerry Seinfeld but I don't care for his current attitude.

  • Lou Bator

    Craig Ferguson. And Geoff.

  • douglas2010

    These rankings look bizarre.

  • Cenzo523

    I think finding a female host is the right move in that it would set cbs aside from everyone else. I don't think ellen is the right choice seeing that she already has her niche, not that exciting, etc. chelsea is a better choice but would just be a re-hash of what she has already accomplished. I know it may be a long shot but I.m.o. Sarah silverman would be a killer choice to fill the position, if she was willing to do so. I just think she could compete with the ever evolving late night host status quo.

    • RufusVonDufus

      Oh, gaaaawd, not that creep!

    • Jim Rasmussen

      Sarah Silverman is a vile, tasteless, obnoxious, polarizing blowhard whose “humor” is more suited to an HBO celebrity roast. To make her behavior constrained to a broadcast network's Standards & Practices department would make her head explode.

    • twinkie1cat

      I don't like Sarah Silverman either. She's way too nasty. Rachel Maddow perhaps? I know she's a little too serious but maybe her and Sherry Shepherd co-hosting. It would be a different kind of show. I don't know. Can't quite picture that, but Rachel would be real good for Headlines, Police Blotter, and White Trash Repairs, three things I truly miss, with that little smirk she gets. Sherry could do the monologues and celebrity guests and Rachel could do the political guests until she got used to it. I would really like to see Barbara Walters do a late night show, but I think she thinks she's getting too old.

  • Don Miller

    Ellen would do for late-night television the same thing she did to JC Penney's sales and stock price when she was paid $10 million to be their spokesman a couple years ago. Thanks to this article, I now recognize that a Q score has no value in the real world.

    • Michael

      Hmm…American flag picture and attacks Ellen. Just a hunch Don but are you also angry about how America isn't what it used to be because its been taken over by “them” and “they” aren't real Americans?

      • Don Miller

        Huh? You're comparing the American flag and patriotism to sodomy? Wow, you homosexuals certainly are clever. It's not my fault you lost thousands of dollars on your JC Penney stocks after they hired that freak as their public face.

        • Michael

          A non-denial denial. Shocking. How does it feel to be stereotype living in a two-dimensional world?

          • Don Miller

            How does it feel to be a buffoon who makes foolish statements that he can't defend?

          • Michael

            You didn't deny my statement while changing the subject. Thus, a non-denial denial. You are a cartoonish example of a right-winger who twists any bit of information or misinformation into fitting his 19th Century world view. You are scared of the modern world and want to squash anything that is different. You are a sad dinosaur living in a world that has evolved beyond you. Wake up. Listen to a view that's not your own once in a while. That's how we become educated. And, smile once in a while. It's a great world out there with lots of things you could enjoy if you weren't so afraid of them, much like the Klan and the book burners of the world.

          • Don Miller

            Deny your claim? Little boy, how many screen names do you have? Afraid to use just one name? First you use “Michael,” then you posted under my name, and now you've got this name? And now you're stomping your angry little foot and demanding that I take you seriously? Sorry, but that's not how the real world works. Now go watch Brokeback Mountain for the 200th time and stop bothering the adults in here.

          • RD

            So we've determined that Don Miller hates gay people. I think we can move the conversation forward now.

          • Don Miller

            You've determined that I “hate” gay people? Oh really? I see that you're now using FIVE different screen names in here. By the way, why are you militant homosexuals trying to recreate Sodom and Gomorrah but are expecting a different outcome this time around?

          • Truth

            Sodom and Gomorrah is fiction.

          • Don Miller

            Oh wonderful, a Bible-burning atheist who just a few minutes ago was preaching to us and telling us who is and who isn't a real Christian, is now a Biblical scholar? You have Free Will to believe what you wish. God gave you that Free Will. But you also have to live with the consequences of those beliefs and actions. By the way, how many different screen names did you use today?

          • Lol @ Don

            It's funny when Christians try to argue using their book written by a bunch of men, not “God” – I can guarantee you I know more about your political propaganda tool than you do. “Biblical scholar” – really? That's ironic seeing as someone who believes in an intangible deity that lives in the sky & created everything in a week probably never earned the grades to even attend university.

          • Don Miller

            Michael the Bible-burner is attacking me again? Why so much rage in your angry heart? And yet another new screen name? How strange. As for your post, there's so many presumptions in just three sentences. When did I say that I was a Biblical scholar? That was you who claimed to be the expert. As for the Bible, no one is forcing you to believe that it was written by divinely-inspired men. If you want to gamble and tell yourself there is no God, then that's your choice to make. As for your claim that I “never earned the grades to even attend university,” here's some advice: when you attack someone's educational achievements without knowing how many degrees he or she might have, you should at least use proper grammar. I guess you wouldn't see the irony in that.

          • George

            If I were you,I would pray for him a lot as you can see he is blinded by the nonfictional devil.I'm from Egypt ,and I want to tell everyone who is denying or fighting the loving Lord Jesus Christ that the Lord is the only reason why there's Christians till today in Egypt.With all my respect to first world countries like USA etc,they haven't done anything to Christians in Arab countries to finish or at least reduce their non-stop persecution ,so I would like homosexuals,atheists to fight against the countries that insult and kill human beings for not believing in majority's religion.

          • Don Miller

            George, I agree, we Americans haven't done much to help the dramatically declining populations of Christians in places like Lebanon and Egypt, where Christians are being forced out by Muslims. Only in the last year or so have American newspapers even discussed the matter.

          • George

            I think mr Don that governments in first world countries will never support christian minorities’ cause for one simple reason ,and it's The majority has control over Petroleum (black gold) ,and every one knows that no fuel no moving vehicles ,so why USA or any other country would ever pay attention to persecuted Christians.USA and every secular state country always object and condemn the mistreatment of Christians in Arab's countries ,but this kind of speeches is worthless.God bless You mr Don.

    • ScootFla

      You do know that JCPenney's sales and stock price dropped because they were trying to defraud their customers don't you? The continuous practice of taking a $20 blouse, raising the price to $40, and then have a 50% sale becomes tiresome when people can just buy that blouse (and other items) online for their actual price. Anyone who has an American flag should actually know the facts before they start blaming a spokesperson for the failings of a business.

      • Don Miller

        “Anyone who has an American flag should actually know the facts?” Huh? So when Ellen was hired as the company's spokesman, it was just a coincidence that their sales plummeted and their stock price dropped nearly $40 to under $10 in such a short time frame? All retailers play stupid pricing and sales games but you attribute JC Penney's massive sales drop in an 18-month period on pricing strategies? It wasn't because a company decided to enter the political fray by hiring a politically divisive, militant homosexual with an agenda instead of just sticking to selling pants and shirts? And their massive sales drops had nothing to do with the fact they placed homosexual couples on the covers of their Mother's Day and Father's Day ads? You win the prize the for the most ridiculous post on this thread. Congratulations on your attempt to rewrite history.

  • Harris

    Jay Leno is the perceived Frontrunner.

    • Colininla

      Jay Leno is draining an oil pan somewhere. Guess again.

  • Dencal26

    They are all awful. One lesbian and 2 liberal Jews?

    • hupto

      Have you considered moving to Iran? You'd be much happier there.

      • Dencal26

        Iran? Naa too many Muslim sympathizers like Democrats

        • katgurl

          ..but your Jew hatred would make more sense there…here, you just look foolish and anachronistic.

          • Dencal26

            Iran hates Christians too Just like you do

          • Michael

            You're not a Christian. I know you may call yourself one, but you're not. You could call yourself a lion too, but you wouldn't be king of the jungle. Go take your fear of the outside world elsewhere.

          • Don Miller

            Michael, why is it that you godless liberals are always the ones who are telling us who is or isn't a real Christian? Oh, the irony of your ignorance. Michael, the more you post, the more foolish you look.

          • Michael

            Probably because I've read the gospels and noticed a difference between what's said in there and how some people, yourself included, act. It's basic educated reasoning. It involves taking information and making conclusions based on them rather than jumping to conclusions based on fear. For example, you assume that because I'm smarter than you and disagree with you that I'm a liberal and godless. In actuality, I'm quite devout in my Christian faith and I know that blindly subscribing to a political ideology on either side is not terribly wise. But, feel free to keep inaccurately placing labels on things and people because I'm sure it makes your scary world much less scary when you keep everything and everybody in their proper oversimplified boxes.

          • Don Miller

            Hey Michael, unless you stop using FIVE different screen names in here (including mine), it's pretty hard to take you seriously in here. So tell us again how self-described “devout Christians” like yourself are always judging God for His warnings against sodomy and homosexuality as well as His destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Now go away you fraud — I'm done with you.

          • twinkie1cat

            I will take that one and I am not Michael by any of his alleged screen names. I will point you to a couple of facts. When Jesus was dying on the cross, he said “It is finished”. He had moved the world from the Old Testament Covenant of Law, where following the rules got you into good graces with God into the Covenant of Grace where you got a relationship with God by asking for it. He showed that by flaunting the various rules that had been set up over the centuries.

            You all are always talking about Sodom etc, blah blah homosexuals. Ok. Jesus never said a negative word about homosexuality and even Paul's warnings were against idol worship, which for centuries had included sex with temple prostitutes in the heathen temples. God always frowned very highly on idol worship. It had been getting the Hebrews in trouble from Genesis.

            The sins of Sodom had nothing to do with homosexuality as a loving same sex relationship, or really anything else. The Sodomites were worshipping idols. They knew the angels were another species and having sex with them would give them power with their fake gods. What the sins of Sodom were is that they were social conservatives who did not help the poor. In other words, what we today would call TEAPARTY REPUBLICANS. Now that you are mad, check out the scripture: Ezekiel 16:48-50. “Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy. 50”Thus they were haughty and committed abominations before Me.”

          • Don Miller

            Jesus never referenced Sodomy or homosexuality? Oh really? Jesus did reference homosexuality when He told the disciples to shake the dust off their feet in houses where people don't listen to them. He said it would be worse for that household and city than it was for Sodom and Gomorrah on Judgment Day. Of course, Sodom and Gomorrah is the story of libertine homosexual men wanting to have sex with what they thought were men (they were angels) and turned down Lot's virgin daughters. Jesus did not repudiate Sodom and Gomorrah but upheld the destruction of the cities. Now please stop trying to re-write the Bible to fit your politically-correct, filthy lifestyle.

          • George

            You're totally right Don and here is another proof 1 Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind.

          • twinkie1cat

            I am not a “godless liberal”. I am trying to walk the walk of Jesus because I am a Christian. Jesus was a radical leftist who made the conservative religionists of his day so mad they assassinated him. Since Jesus was the Son of God and God in a human body, I think His witness is one that those who claim to follow him should take has their lifestyle.

          • Don Miller

            Sorry, but it's pretty hard to take seriously someone who uses at least FIVE different screen names on this site, and even posts something by pretending to be me, by using two “ones” instead of the letters “L” in the name, Miller. But to answer your question, I'm sorry but that you're a very confused, very easily offended, very gender-confused, very easily swayed by Political Correctness, and very thin-skinned phony who has no business debating ANY subject on any online forum. Buh-bye.

          • Colininla

            Blah, blah, blah.

          • Dencal26

            Ok so when did you find out you were abnormal ?

        • twinkie1cat

          But you would fit right in. You hate the same people the Taliban and Al Qaida do. And please take your Republican friends with you.

          • Don Miller

            More personal insults? Oh, how clever. Anyone who doesn't toe the radical homosexual line is just like the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. What an intellect you are. So according to you, because Hitler was a vegetarian, all vegans are Nazis? What, an incredible grasp of logic on your part.

          • steve

            Don… I respect your personal views though I do not agree with them at all. But have you ever considered that maybe the internet isn't the right place for you?

          • Don Miller

            You want me off the internet because you're threatened by certain ideas and principles? Spoken like a typical free speech-hating liberal. I've met quite a few Leftists like you over the years, who will scream, pout, and call people nasty names whenever they're challenged. The leftists have become the new book burners. Look at what you intolerant leftists did to the CEO of Mozilla for daring to oppose gay marriage. People like you staged an ugly, modern day witch hunt. Now take your lighter fluid and your matches and go burn your books somewhere else.

          • Don Miller

            Hey Michael, you want me off the internet because you're threatened by certain ideas and principles? Spoken like a typical free-speech-hating liberal. I've met quite a few Leftists like you over the years, who will scream, pout, and call people nasty names whenever they're challenged. You leftists have become the new book burners. Look at what you intolerant bullies did to the CEO of Mozilla for daring to oppose gay marriage. People like you staged an ugly, modern day witch hunt. It troubles you to see a “diversity” of thoughts and opinions online? That's just too bad. Now take your lighter fluid and your matches and go burn your books somewhere else.

          • Dencal26

            Not so sure Obama heroes Keith Ellison and Louis Farrahkan would agree with my opinions

    • twinkie1cat

      That slur shows that you might be saved but you are not following the walk of Jesus. Get back on the path or you might find your “mansion in heaven” is a shed behind a gay Christian's fabulous villa next to the equally embarrassing shed that Fred Phelps is occupying.

      • Dencal26

        What slur? I just stated what they are

  • Disgusted With CBS

    Won't ever watch Ellen DeGenerate. The gal is certifiably a loon, and unfunny.

    What is this Comedy Channel? You mean that's not animated? Who cares about these douchenozzles Stewart and Colbert? I'd rather watch Ronald McDonald than a couple of insipid leftists whose narrative pushes the Democrats’ talking points. Screw ‘em.

    CBS, if you can't find a host who can appeal to a wider audience than the unwatchable DeGenerate and the two political hack Comedy Clowns, then hang it up.

  • TV

    Be nice people. Opinions are fine, but at least keep your words respectful.

    • Metalzboy

      shut up…respect is earned…and noone on that list with the exception of Craig Ferguson and Leno is worth spit…..Ellen will get the spot to further the carpet muncher/dood smooching gay agenda

      • Michael

        And what exactly have you done to deserve to have your opinion respected, aside from mastering third grade insults?

        • Don Miller

          “Third grade insults?” Oh, the stench of liberal hypocrisy. Go read your own posts, hypocrite, because personal insults is all you have.

          • Michael

            You take being called a right-wing homophobe as an insult? Good. The first step to being cured is admitting that you have a problem.

          • Don Miller

            Homophobe? Hey Michael, I love it when idiots use a phony, made-up term with no basis in science to try to silence anyone who dares disagree with you militant homosexuals. By the way, why are you using FOUR different screen names in here?

          • Artestis

            The word homophobe is perfectly acceptable in modern society (which you might consider joining). Your picture is right next to the definition.
            Go back to the '50s where you're comfortable.

          • Don Miller

            CONSERVATIVE: I believe that homosexual behavior is offensive and that the homosexual lifestyle is destructive, deadly and rots your body and soul.

            LIBERAL: You’re a hater and a homophobe.

            CONSERVATIVE: There’s no such a thing as a legitimate difference of opinion?

            LIBERAL: No, not when you disagree with me or when you criticize a special, politically-correct, protected group.

          • Artestis

            lol,
            you're quite the victim, aren't you?

          • Don Miller

            Nope, only you whiny little liberals play the victim card. Pick up a newspaper and you'll see that happening, day in and day out, all around the country. What silly hypocrite you are. You really did make me laugh with your comment — it would be like Michael Moore calling someone a “fatty.”

          • Colininla

            You seem to need both attention and a target. What a rich, full life you must lead.

          • Don Miller

            You seem to be a shallow liberal who is easily threatened by ideas you don't agree with.

          • Colininla

            Just tired of blowhards who hijack any convenient net board with self-serving, hackneyed nonsense. Your angry ramblings have nothing to do with the topic with which it's associated. But, you already know that.

          • erkcyclisme

            Don, stop torturing yourself in liberal Hollywood (if that's where you live). Move out here to Georgia (lots of movies, TV shows shot out here). Spend weekends with your peers on freeway overpasses holding placards denouncing Obamacare, social safety nets and encroaching government tyranny — despite the fact 25% of the population is on government assistance. There might still be time to enter Sen. Paul Broun's raffle for the same assault rifle used at Sandy Hook. Be forewarned, however, smoking (and use of all tobacco products) on all state college campuses will be outlawed Oct. 1.

          • Don Miller

            Oh, how funny. The thought of me choosing to live with the fruits and nuts in California — especially in Hollywood — is hilarious. Good luck with those earthquakes, the millions of illegals who are sucking your taxes dollars and forcing your hospital emergency rooms to close, your Democrat leaders who are pushing the state to bankruptcy with unsustainable pension plans for state workers, your unbelievably high tax rates, your 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which is considered a joke, your EPA which has forced thousands of farmers into bankruptcy thanks to the diversion of massive amounts of water, your Mexican gangs, your worship of Political Correctness as a religion, your Hollywood style “morality,” and your liberal self-destructive mentality. Maybe the new state motto should be: California, America's Liberal Arm Pit?

          • erkcyclisme

            Gee, Donnie, this is a website devoted to Hollywood. It's not a stretch you might live in CA. But then you already forgot my post. I said I wasn't sure what state you live in. Wow, no resentment of the Golden State in your post. LOL Yeah, the Dems are really bankrupting the state. Must have driven you nuts when CA easily kept Obama in the White House — for a second term. Stop watching Fox News. It's corrupting your common sense — and reality. The state is back in the black after erasing a $26 billion deficit in two years. Supply and demand keep the cost of living high here — not taxes. Basic capitalism. Big surprise, you also hate immigrants, the EPA, court of appeals, etc. Good luck living on your island of hate.

      • John

        I'll bet you devote your life to earning respect. But then little boys aren't fair, doncha know. Oh yeah, “no one” is two words.

    • RufusVonDufus

      Go play on the freeway, respectfully!

  • twinkie1cat

    Colbert would be worth watching. I have seen some of his stuff on the web because I don't have cable and he is a pretty good satirist, but he wouldn't attract many conservatives. I have about quit with the late night shows and gone on to bed as I dislike Kimmel and Fallon doesn't hold a candle to Leno for me even though I like the Roots very much. I gave Fallon a month and never felt satisfied so now I watched his monologue sometimes and see who he is going to have on the show.

    Never have cared for Letterman. He just seems nasty to me, always leering at his female guests who, with the exception of Rachel Maddow, seem to have a penchant for dressing naked, and not letting anyone talk but himself. Top 10 does not hold a candle to Headlines.

    Neil I only liked in the days of Doogie Howser and have avoided his comedies. They remind me too much of Friends, which I never liked either. I don't think Ellen would make it in late night although she is a pretty good interviewer. I get bored with her show very quickly when I try to watch it. Why not bring back the greatest and put Leno back on TV! He would give CBS a real boost!

    • RufusVonDufus

      Late night sux so bad right now they will try anything. None of them are worth two cents!

      • twinkie1cat

        How about an extra episode of Bones or Criminal Minds instead?

    • Jim Rasmussen

      I don't think God Almighty has enough money to lure Leno back to TV.

      • twinkie1cat

        Maybe not. Although he threw some pies in the last year of the show, he was clearly trying not to be bitter. But when he and his wife appeared on 60 Minutes you could clearly see that she was the one doing the anger. He just divorced himself from it.

  • fbbob96

    Craig Ferguson is the funniest guy on TV. He should be the replacement…..hands down

    • David Brown

      Only problem there is he would have to tone things down a bit with the earlier time-slot. That could be a really downer.

  • rship19

    WHAT?! No Kathy Griffin?

  • RufusVonDufus

    Ellen? Maybe she could liquor lady friend right on stage during commercials.

    • Jim Rasmussen

      “liquor”?

  • mibtp

    Does it have to be a white guy AGAIN? Hello? What about Chelsea, or Kevin Hart?

    • Jim Rasmussen

      Chelsea? Yeah, let's put on a drug addled, alcoholic, nymphomaniac, glorified piece of trailer trash who looks great for a 60 year old … while being only 39. Hart, however, might be a possibility.

  • bigcritic

    Johnny Carson had impeccable comedic timing, wit and finesse. Jay Leno had a barrage of jokes, some good, mostly bad. David Letterman brought originality to late night, an edge, and a no holds barred no matter who you were. Success is based on ability to entertain with thought, not just giving gifts to your audience.

  • Daryl Zer0

    Neil Patrick Harris is the best choice and more importantly the only one who would and could inherit a fairly big show like “Late Show”. He wouldn't alienate/ He could slowly build the audience. And he isn't too big for that show. That show is a step down for ED, JS, CH and SC. It WOULD be interesting for a time if JAY did the show; because of his “feud” with Letterman. But that would be a definite step down for him and may devalue “The Tonight Show's” markee brand a bit IMO.

  • NotInMyLifetime

    Leno is retired. Craig Ferguson or, as much as I hate to say it, John Stewart. As for the rest of the list, the Late Show is out of their league.

    • Clarence Bodicker

      The problem is that Ferguson would have to rein himself in too much in the 11:35 slot. Leave Craig, Geoff and Secretariat right where they are.

    • ScootFla

      Why do you hate to say Jon Stewart (you obviously can't spell his name correctly either — its Jon, not John)? Jon is the only newsman on TV actually reporting the news and he has to report the ACTUAL FACTS on Comedy Central. Yet you hate to say his name. Why is that?

      • NotInMyLifetime

        Here we go again with that “facts” word being haphazardly thrown around. Surely you jest! He's a political hack. Albeit, possibly the funniest one of them all; Letterman being the most unfunny one of them all. Any more questions?
        Btw, thank you for correcting my spelling of Jon Stewart's name. It was done in the most immature way but, nevertheless, thank you.

  • bmp001

    just wait until my “W SCORES” come out… they think a Bear in a Dress should host. this speculation and made up Q scores is the dumbest waste of time there is.

  • Adam

    Sheesh..what's with all the Ellen hate? I agree, I don't think she's suited for late-night TV, but she has some pretty hilarious segments on her current show, and that woman's wit is not only incredibly fast, but it's also fairly CLEAN! Her lack of vulgarity is part of her appeal (and why she has such a wide-spread appeal). Not everyone wants to listen to a cynical satirist, or a downright raunchy beotch all the time—it gets old. I like Chelsea Handler in SMALL doses, Stewart and Colbert in SMALL doses; and Ellen I don't think could do it, but NPH seems like the best fit.

    P.s. I have never found Leno to be funny. Not one word out of that man's mouth has ever made me laugh.

    • Don Miller

      What's up with this disgust over a militant lesbian who shoves her perversions into America's living rooms everyday, as she pretends to be a man in her all-male wardrobe? Gosh, I dunno. At least it was funny when Flip Wilson or Robin Williams got into their drag wardrobes. But Ellen as a man? No, not the least bit funny. Creepy, yes. Funny, no.

      • Don Miller

        Sorry for my anger. I'm really just really really scared of the real world.

        • Don Miller

          Your militant homosexuality and your need to normalize sodomy is a valid excuse for your irrational anger? No, it isn't.

        • Don Miller

          “Don Miller”? Hey Michael, now you're using my online name because you lost every single debate on this board? Hey Michael, you're a coward who has to keep changing your screen name. And why are you afraid to let anyone read your past posts. Silly liberal.

      • http://rationaldreaming.com/ Mike

        Militant lesbian? Ellen DeGeneres? She is about the least threatening “militant lesbian” there is, and that scares you because people see just how normal and unthreatening she is.

        • Don Miller

          A woman who claims she never wears women's clothing is “normal?” A woman who pretends to be married to another woman is “normal?” A woman with a manly voice and a manly walk is “normal?” I guess if you live in a gay bathhouse, a gay bar, or in Sodom and Gomorrah, she might be considered “normal.” But everywhere else, she's a another symptom of a society that's falling into an immoral sewer. As for your comment about the “least threatening militant lesbian,” I hadn't realized there were different degrees of “militant lesbianism.” Is that like different degrees of militant pedophilia and militant incest?

    • tom s

      Most men are not fans of DeGeneres. And more people found Leno funny than any other late night host, ergo his #1 ranking. So you are out of the mainstream my friend. They have to appeal to the widest possible audience, period.

  • Joe T Plumber

    I'm putting my money on Rupert Pupkin.

  • tom s

    Craig Ferguson is a no brainer. He's the guy that can keep and even expand the audience. Stewart ain't moving over, Colbert couldn't do an hour every night, DeGeneres is appealing mainly to women and Harris, HUH? Leno ain't coming back and that kind of show is something Seinfeld has zero interest in. They're gonna put their money on the best bet, period. The person with the widest appeal gets the spot.

    • http://rationaldreaming.com/ Mike

      An hour? More like 40 minutes not including the ads, and only an 8 minute monologue instead of 15 minutes on his current show. The rest is filled with inane chatter and “bits” along with a straight interview which is easier than the persona-driven interview he has to do on his current show.

      Not saying it would be easier, but it wouldn't be much more of a workload, especially given the much larger budget he'd have to work with.

  • Ursus_Indomitus

    It'll probably be another leftist useful idiot hack.

    • Clarence Bodicker

      They could try someone like Dennis Miller again, but he already failed 3 times with his own show. Right wing and funny (on purpose) is a hard thing to come by.

      • Ursus_Indomitus

        Maybe they should try to lure P.J.O'Rourke.

      • Js

        Why even suggest this idiot if he consistently failed at his job. Typical right wing moron.

        • Clarence Bodicker

          Kinda my point. Right wing zealots are NOT funny and they never will be. At least, not when they try to be. It's only when they're trying to be dead serious that they'll elicit a laugh.

  • guestface

    Why would Stewart or Colbert take the job? They're already the kings of their castles and would lose far more than they stand to gain. Same with Ellen, she knows her audience and is right where she needs to be. This list is total bullshit.

    • Don Miller

      Ellen knows her audience? Is that why Ellen usually follows Jerry Springer in most television markets?

      • Artestis

        Don, isn't there a Klan meeting you can go to?

        • Don Miller

          Oh, how clever. Anyone who mocks liberal freaks like Jerry Springer and Ellen Degenrate is an klansman?

          • Artestis

            Get over yourself.
            EVERY statement you make is worthy of entrance into the Klan. You attempt at every turn to provoke people of conscience to be appalled at your lack of human empathy, and you succeed. You're obviously a very lonely man, who attempts to replace friends with people who will argue with you online. Your frequency illustrates this clearly.
            You're hateful, sad and pathetic. Your internal level of self-loathing must be tremendous; certainly the loathing you receive from moral human beings shows such levels.
            You need to get yourself into a group of skinheads immediately. There, you can find the “human” contact that will help you escape your loneliness. While they won't change your disgusting anti-human attitudes and prejudices, they will hone your violent tendencies and help you commit genocide against those who are not carbon copies of yourself.
            You're truly a putrid soul, rotting from the inside. I pity people like you, and the world that puts up with you and your ilk.

          • Don Miller

            Human empathy? I should empathize with someone who chooses to engage in a self-destructive behavior like homosexuality, incest or pedophilia, and who then demands public approval for their actions? Celebrate perversity, right? The blind rage, bizarre accusations and irrational name-calling in your post should be a wake up call for you. Thanks for showing the world the ugly face of militant homosexuality and the intolerance of opposing viewpoints. I've never said this to anyone on Disqus before, but you really do need a mental health evaluation. But I'm guessing that you've probably heard that before.

          • Artestis

            Just FYI, you need to do a wee bit of very simple research: incest and paedophilia are predominantly practiced by us, the heterosexuals. Connecting it to homosexuality is a scare tactic used by people for whom facts are secondary to their opinions.
            There's nothing blind about either my rage or my labeling you. You are a classic example of bigotry and stupidity based on enormous ignorance. You are not to be tolerated by any decent human being. Tolerance is reserved for those who would do no harm unless attacked. You, on the other hand, are filth incarnate.

          • Don Miller

            What a bizarre convoluted post. It's obvious that logic isn't your strong suit. And why do I feel like I'm babysitting a spoiled little child whenever I reply to one your posts? Okay, here goes — and I'll try to use your language and your arguments, so that maybe you might understand. You homosexuals claim that what two consenting adults do in their bedroom is no one's business. And according to you, everyone should show “empathy” whether it's two men or a father and daughter in that bedroom, as long as they're consenting adults. Sorry, but you can't have it both ways. If you support the one, then you'd be — in your words — an ignorant bigot for not supporting the other. You liberals have told us that morality is obsolete and that there's no such thing as God. And you dare call me ignorant? This time, I'm done with you. Please stop wasting my time with your tired liberal clichés.

  • pocketfrog

    Letterman should've had guest hosts, just like Carson did, so that a successor would be easier to determine.

    • Clarence Bodicker

      He's got over a year to go. He might do exactly that.

      • pocketfrog

        Yes you're right, but I think he should've had them before the announcement of his retirement. Now every guest host he has will be scrutinized to hell and back.

  • Nodrog001

    I like handler

  • Jim Straughan

    Maybe CBS could give Pat Sajak another crack at a talk show (JOKE). Ferguson should be the heir apparent, Handler's ratings are down at E, which should speak volumes as far as her popularity goes. Ellen might be able to pull it off, but she'd have to revamp her “daytime fluff” interview style. My vote would have to go to Tina Fey.

  • ramubay

    Way to think outside the box. We already have TOO MANY late night talk shows, many doing EXACTLY the same thing. Often they tell the EXACT same jokes since they are about the news, they do some lame unfunny comedy bit, and they have the same guests on some promotional tour and they end up with some band no one remembers five minutes later. Those in the earlier slots get the stars, the later night spots get the supporter actors. Same format. How about programming something completely different. Keep the budget down but something different that's not another talk show or video clip show.

  • Juliius

    my penis hurts

  • Jonjon

    How about Amy Poehler?

  • jenneva

    none of those…
    JOAN RIVERS.
    fearless and let the censors sweat as she asks anything..
    bring some reality to the late night talk shows.
    and don't give me that age crap..
    she will be torqueing them past 90 and be sharp as a tack, funny as hell…never lost any of her edge and never will.
    the rest of these are PALE in comparison

  • David Lightfoot

    I like Ellen DeGeneres, but I don't think she should end her own show to take over for Letterman. Neil Patrick Harris would be good, and he deserves a shot at late night. I'm surprised Patrick Warburton isn't on this list. Also a good actor, I'm pretty sure he'd kill it in the ratings.

    • Don Miller

      Ellen and Neil would make a cute couple.

  • Not Gramsci

    How about Jim Gaffigan?

  • edrebber

    I think they would pick Ellen, because they can try to guilt people into watching or accuse them of being homophobic.

  • RyansTake

    Is NPH even a possibility? That would be awesome!

  • Jeffry Heise

    Please God,not Chelsea Handler, anyone but her…How about Keith Olbermann?

  • Jimbo

    I'm struggling to believe that the No.1 spot is 10 points above the no.2 and all other spots. Just doesn't sit right…

    Anyone have the data to back this up?

    I think Neil Patrick Harris would be a good choice, he's a smart cookie and quick on the ad libs.

    Alternatively we can send you another UK presenter but you've got to keep Piers Morgan, okay?

  • DS

    Ellen and Neil Patrick Harris have a higher score. That's unusual, you know why. I don't want neither Ellen or Neil Patrick Harris to take Dave's show.

  • Silk

    Totally agree with you fbbob96! It's the late show with Craig Ferguson got a nice ring to it!

  • Jimmy

    They should look for a guy named Jimmy so it'll be the three Jimmies at late night

  • Doomblade

    Ellen DeGeneres #1? I don't dislike her, but I doubt her format of talk show would work late night. Craig Ferguson or Conan O'Brien would get my vote, and they're both, curiously, at the bottom of the list.

  • Joey

    These Positive Q-scores and similar metrics are nonsense. They are based on vague information provided by people without any real context attached to it. Anyone who thinks that Conan is the least liked hasn't seen his supporters en masse when he performed live (Or this past week that he did in Texas). This is how I see the lineup of potentials.

    Ellen – She was built for daytime. That being said, she isn't an awful choice as she is a clear alternative to people like Fallon and Kimmel.

    NPH – He'd have to give up on the idea of outside projects (Broadway, etc.) if he signed up. And at a time when he is at his hottest. He'd be great at the job, but the fact that he is great at all his jobs makes me question if he would take the job,

    Jon Stewart – I'm not entirely positive that he would want to be a long term replacement for anybody at this point. I picture him finishing his run at the Daily Show and bowing out.

    Colbert – Do people not get that the have never seen Steve Colbert (pronounced Coal-Burt) on Television? He has always been a character. I think that the real man could do a good job on this show, but how would people react?

    Seth Meyers – He just started his new job, He is not proven yet. He isn't going anywhere.

    Jay Leno – It would be the biggest story out of all of the choices and it is the choice most likely to keep the bulk of the audience that they have now. Again, you have to figure that he would not be a long term replacement.

    Craig Ferguson – I don't know much about his show, but people seem to like him. If he fits in with the goals that CBS has for the Late Show moving forward, then he stands a good shot

    Chelsea Handler – She stands a better chance at this than people probably would think. She is edgier than the other choices on this list. Again, it's all about what CBS wants the show to be.

    Conan O'Brien – Please remember that the person who drove Conan off of the Tonight Show wasn't the fans or the ratings. It was a guy who, when he was in college as an editor of the Harvard Crimson, had Conan (the editor of the Harvard Lampoon) arrested for pulling a prank on the paper. Anybody who didn't see that the move was political was blind. Conan would be the ideal choice if a) CBS wanted to get a younger audience than what they currently draw and b) If they wanted to make a statement to NBC. I think that they would keep him in LA for the sake of the LA/New York Contrast with the Tonight Show. If CBS wanted him and put a lot of support behind the show, he would make it apparent that he was the best choice.

  • Samara Morgan

    All this political talk about Dave as a radical liberal that has popped up in recent years is really funny to those of us who have loved and watched Dave since 1982. I grew up thinking Dave was conservative because he gave Hollywood snotheads a hard time! Bill O'Reilly started it all years ago when he lumped Dave with his worst enemies Shirley MacLaine and Rosie O'Donnell, both of whom have trashed Dave over the years, which I thought was ironic.The consensus for 30+ years has generally been that thoughtful, educated, good-natured people love Dave, and hard, cold-hearted folks hate him. Dave was on the air for 33 years and has as many award and praise and devoted fans as he does because he is really good. Period.

    • Sabran

      It must be hard for you to get through a day with out saying the word “liberal” for no apparent reason.

  • valerie

    They should give Craig Ferguson a chance instead of paying him off. I do like Ferguson and think he can get at least the same ratings David Letterman was getting.

    • Artestis

      The basic problem with Ferguson is that, like Letterman, the interview was never about the guest as much as it was about the host.

      • Damien W

        Then you've never understood Letterman all these years. Dave knows the guests are the meat of the show, and even if he's interviewing someone he may not care for, he is, as Tina Fey said at his Kennedy Center tribute, the Professor Emeritus of the “Here's Some More Rope” Institute.

        Meanwhile, Ferguson has constructed his own Pee Wee's Playhouse, and invites guests to sit down and play with him for a few minutes. It works because it suits his personality. But neither of them possess the ego-centricity that you speak of. They're both about the audience.

  • jamison

    John Olivier please . He owned The Daily Show when Jon Stewart left to direct a film . I didn't miss Stewart .

  • Artestis

    Go for someone new, and leave the others where they are.
    Okay, NPH, maybe, since he's leaving his gig and has some awesome chops… but he's pretty successful in other areas, and may not want to commit.

  • impy1951

    Forget about the Q-score Think outside the box. A female black woman would really get some notice, Like Whoopi or Wanda Sykes ??

  • Me

    I read recently, Chelsea does NOT want the job on CBS. And if they hire Carson Daly, “Taps.”

  • Damien W

    Where's Drew Carey? Arsenio Hall? Also, anyone notice Tom Bergeron just gave up AFV, and DWTS has been reduced to one night a week?

    Also, putting Ellen and Seth Meyers on there is laughable. One doesn't need the job, the other has been behind a desk for 5 minutes and is under NB–excuse me, Lorne Michaels’ thumb for years to come. .

  • Jake P Hall

    9 out of 10 times the only thing a celebrity interview proves is what “little self awareness” most celebrities have. They focus on the external and are always promoting some project they are part of, how completely boring and uninteresting. Is the goal of Hollywood to lower people's IQ and promote GMO foods through ad revenue?

  • erkcyclisme

    Limbaugh terrifies liberals? LOL I listened to him, Hannity, O'Reilly, Prager, Elder, etc. for years when I lived in L.A. They're wingnut opportunists making lots of money for themselves and their employers catering to sycophants like you. My enjoyment was listening to O'Reilly spin in his self-proclaimed “No Spin Zone,” and then pick apart his opinions. When pushed about his aggressive style, he always had THE answer: “We're just entertainers.”

    • Don Miller

      Wingnut opportunists? Personal insults and no specifics? That's no surprise. You frightened liberals have resorted to some pretty nasty tactics to have Rush Limbaugh removed from radio, but you claim you're not threatened his influence on politics? Oh, sure you're not. Now go back to listening to that moron Ed Schultz or watching MSNBC, and keep telling yourself that you have a grasp on reality. It seems that I'm a magnet on this site for third-string liberals. Lucky me.

      • erkcyclisme

        At least you are amusing Don. Why would I want to have the EIB Network removed from the airwaves? It's pure entertainment. That goes against supply and demand. I used to listen to Limbough in college when he was still in Sacramento. I've never heard Ed Schultz or watch MSNBC. Re-read my post, I prefer Fox News and conservative talk radio. Subscribe to O'Reilly and Ann Coulter's web columns.

        You want examples. O'Reilly once spent weeks on the radio attempting to bash the liberal media and Rosie O'Donnell for what he claimed was their over-the-top mean-spirited bombast. He was so fixated on Rosie, he apparently forgot about his own Fox News, talk radio or Coulter. When brought up, he dismissed all conservative radio talkers as entertainers looking to push buttons and rating. Probably true. He then admitted Coulter went too far and dropped the topic.

        Another time, O'Reilly opined that anyone making less than $30K annually should not pay taxes. Shortly thereafter, he whined about low income earners not having to pay taxes while his were going up — as if you or I wouldn't trade tax brackets and income with O'Reilly in a heart beat.

        A third time, he bashed climate change advocates as fools, but another time wondered out loud why the GOP continues to argue against the environment since legislation protecting it is a good thing.

        Like I said, he spins and spins cuz he's an entertainer.

        • Don Miller

          You listened to Rush Limbaugh, but you can't even spell his name? Oh, sure you listened. If you were a conservative as you claim — which is a complete lie — then you certainly wouldn't be referring to the right-leaning moderate Bill O'Reilly in the same breath as Rush Limbaugh. Seriously, I don't believe a word you say and I really have no interest in babysitting an angry, arrogant little liberal who can't debate his way out a wet paper bag. Buh-bye.

          • erkcyclisme

            Love pushing your buttons. Now, O'Reilly is a moderate? You don't know your conservative talkers much. Keep waving the flag you nothing about.

          • Don Miller

            You're a proven LIAR who deserves zero respect from me or anyone else on Disqus. I don't waste my time on liars. No go pretend to be a conservative, a liberal, a homosexual, or whatever you pretend to be today, somewhere else.

          • Colininla

            I see the career as an internet cliche is working out for you. You've found the right place to spew your outrage. Literally read by tens of people.