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Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show' will stay in New York

Los Angeles may be the long-reigning entertainment hub, but New York’s getting a grip on the nation’s talk shows.

CBS’s Late Show will remain at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, even as Stephen Colbert takes over hosting duties from David Letterman next year. The decision was announced Wednesday by network CEO Leslie Moonves and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. READ FULL STORY

On the scene: Another walkout as Joan Rivers visits 'Letterman'

Joan Rivers made it clear during a CNN interview last weekend that she wouldn’t take any crap—which is, in a way, exactly what got her in trouble during a visit to the Late Show With David Letterman on Tuesday.

EW was on the scene as Rivers summoned her trademark inappropriate humor to make even the seasoned Letterman blanch by making a joke about losing out on a Depends commercial to June Allyson, quipping that the ’50s star would shill the adult diapers by saying, “Hi, I’m June Allyson. While I’m talking to you, I’m taking a dump.” Yesterday just happened to be the anniversary of Allyson’s death.

It all proved too much for Letterman, who tossed off his jacket and walked off the set, leaving Rivers to her own devices as both host and guest. Of course, she went straight for the vagina jokes: READ FULL STORY

David Letterman addresses Craig Ferguson exit: 'His show was unlike any other'

Outgoing Late Show host David Letterman took a moment during his Tuesday night show to address Craig Ferguson’s announcement Monday that he would be stepping down as host of CBS’ The Late Late Show in December when his contract expires.

Letterman said:”Did you hear this last night? Craig Ferguson announced that he will be leaving his show, The Late Late Show, which comes on right after this show, at the end of the year, which is too bad. He’s been on that program, the star of the show, since 2005 and he’s going on to do other things, I guess a new show that is in the works for him. But his show was unlike any other late night show, and I’m telling you, to be unique in the world of television — virtually impossible. So congratulations to Craig on a great run and we all wish him well.”

Letterman was likely referring to Ferguson’s new gig as host of the syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game this fall.

CBS explains why they picked Colbert, confirms dropping conservative character


Why Stephen Colbert? CBS’ Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler spoke to about choosing the Comedy Central host to replace retiring Late Show icon David Letterman.

Nina Tassler
: He just is head and tails above everybody else and Dave is a very big seat to fill. We’re huge fans, he’s inspired and talented for all the obvious reasons.

I’ve heard you’ve had at least hypothetical conversations for awhile now running up to Letterman’s announcement. How long has this deal been in the works?
Tassler: During the last year of the extension we knew at some point Dave was going to retire. We’ve been planning. Obviously the world changed the day after his announcement. We pulled together our resources and put everything in motion.

What does this mean for Craig Ferguson?
Tassler: We’re big fans of Craig. We had an 11:30 issue. That was our first order of business.

Saying it’s the first order of business seems to suggest there’s a second order of business.
Tassler: Obviously, as much as we knew that this day would come with Dave, Craig is here and doing his show at 12:30 and we love having him there.

We’ve been hearing that Colbert will drop his conservative Colbert Report character, is that correct?
Tassler: Correct. READ FULL STORY

David Letterman reveals the real reason he's retiring on Friday's 'Late Show' -- VIDEO

Legendary late-night talk show host David Letterman, who announced he would be retiring in 2015 during Thursday’s show, addressed Friday night during his Late Show monologue the real reason he would be hanging up his hat: makeup.

“Dave, there’s really nothing more I can do,” he said, quoting his longtime makeup artist Jane — who he joked had a pretty “lousy job.” He also joked about his future prospects, saying that a year from now, “I will be on a beach with a metal detector.” READ FULL STORY

Arsenio Hall talks David Letterman: 'My plan is working perfectly!' -- VIDEO

When we think of the Late Night Wars that erupted when Johnny Carson retired in the early ’90s, we tend to recall the conflict as fought between two fierce adversaries: David Letterman and Jay Leno. There was, however, another dog in the fight as well: Arsenio Hall, who came out guns blazing in 1989 and, once Leno had officially taken over Tonight, memorably promised to “kick Jay’s ass” in the pages of Entertainment Weekly.

Of course, by now, all that bad blood is ancient history. Leno and Hall would eventually make up, enjoying a mutual friendship and respect — and clearly, Hall feels the same way about his other onetime rival. Or does he?!

After announcing the news of Letterman’s impending retirement on his syndicated series, Hall noted that late-night talk-show hosts seem to be an endangered species: “Man, they are dropping like flies! First Jay, now Dave…” Which led, of course, to the perfect punchline — “My plan is working perfectly! Dig that Evil Overlord Laugh, Arsenio.


Bill Clinton to appear on 'Late Show With David Letterman' for ninth time


Former President Bill Clinton will be a guest on The Late Show With David Letterman on Monday, CBS announced today.

It will be his ninth time on the show. His last appearance was on Oct. 12, 2011, when talking points included Clinton’s conditioner, trade deficits, and philanthropy. Clinton will be in New York for the annual meeting of his Clinton Global Initiative, according to the network’s press release.

The Clinton Global Initiative “convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges,” according to its website.

Bill Murray channels Liberace for 'Late Show with David Letterman' 20th anniversary -- VIDEO

On Aug. 30, 1993, Bill Murray was the first guest to ever appear on Late Show with David Letterman. And tonight, Murray is back (and more glamorous than ever) when he hits the Late Show stage with a Liberace-inspired persona.

To help Letterman celebrate his 20 years at CBS, Murray prepares the grandest of entrances, complete with a white vintage Rolls-Royce, a toy poodle, and even a cape. And when Letterman claims he didn’t know Murray had a dog, the comedian remains in character and replies, “I had to get something that went with this outfit.”

In addition to Murray’s entrance, the 20th anniversary show will feature a billboard Murray readied for the occasion and a time capsule full of “artifacts,” according to a press release.

Watch Murray’s entrance below:

Melissa McCarthy's inside guide to the talk show circuit

Which late night host has such slippery floors that Melissa McCarthy “consider[s] it a victory” if she doesn’t fall? Which one did the Heat star once mistake for a lookalike? And who does McCarthy think was born to helm a network talk show?

Find out in this clip from the actress’s interview with Entertainment Weekly managing editor Jess Cagle, which aired this week on EW’s Sirius XM channel. Bonus: You’ll also get to hear a quick snippet of Jess’s ace Leno impression.


'Late Show with David Letterman' books Lindsay Lohan

Late night TV isn’t generally kind to Lindsay Lohan — which may be why the actress hasn’t done a formal interview there (or anywhere else) since her Liz & Dick promotional tour last November. Happily, Lohan’s long absence from the airwaves will end Tuesday, April 9, when the Mean Girls star will stop by the Late Show to promote her upcoming appearance on Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management. (Her next stop: Rehab.)

Lohan hasn’t appeared on David Letterman’s couch since May of 2007, shortly before Georgia Rule‘s theatrical release and her first DUI arrest. In 2011, the actress drew criticism after supposedly withdrawing from a planned Late Show Top Ten bit; as Letterman himself eventually explained, Lohan had never actually agreed to read the Top Ten list in the first place.


'Kennedy Center Honors' producers take us inside the year's best awards show

Year after year, The Kennedy Center Honors remains the most entertaining awards show on the air — a reverent ceremony with unmatched warmth and appreciation radiating between the stage, the audience, and the box of eclectic honorees, which this year includes David Letterman, Dustin Hoffman, blues great Buddy Guy, prima ballerina Natalia Makarova, and Led Zeppelin. We spoke to producers George Stevens, Jr., who co-created the Honors 35 years ago, and Michael Stevens, who’s won four consecutive Emmys with his father for the variety special, to find out how they do it. The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, taped earlier this month, airs Dec. 26 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How do you choose who will speak and perform on behalf of the honorees? Let’s start there.

MICHAEL STEVENS: There are two phases to our process. One is interviews, talks, and research with the honoree and/or the honoree’s team, just to get a deeper insight on who are close friends, fans, and admirers. From that, we get a list of names. And then the other approach is just to do research on our own to find unlikely connections. For example, Stephen Colbert last year and Yo-Yo Ma: Through some research, we had found that Stephen Colbert’s mother, through an arts festival in South Carolina, had become friends with Yo-Yo. So it really is a task of trying to find a meaningful connection to an honoree, and sometimes we try to go outside that honoree’s discipline to show the width and appeal of that honoree. For example, Morgan Freeman this year for Buddy Guy: That’s something where we knew of Morgan’s long-time appreciation and love for the blues, and of course he’s familiar with and loves Buddy Guy’s music, but they were not pals, per se. They just had respect for each other.

I think back to Jon Stewart speaking for Bruce Springsteen in 2009. I still remember the story he told about listening to Springsteen’s music each night on the way home from the bar he worked at. Was it just the Jersey connection that made you think of him?

MS: Yes, and then we did some prowling around, and then we talked to Bruce’s [manager] Jon Landau. It’s discreet discussions with managers and representatives to see if our instincts are right, or the manager or representative would come to us and say, “So-and-so’s a really big fan of so-and-so’s, you should put that on your list.” What’s become interesting is that over the course of the last five to 10 years, people have become attuned to what kind of questions we’re going to ask, so they say, “This person might be a good person to do your opening talk. And this might be a good person to do a spoken tribute after the film.” I think we have to attribute a lot of it to YouTube. There’s, in a way, research for the representatives or the honorees themselves to do about the honors. And as you mentioned, Jon Stewart is one spoken tribute that is cited many times — either out of great admiration or great fear that there’s no way what Jon Stewart did could be topped.

Watch Jon Stewart’s Bruce Springsteen tribute below READ FULL STORY

Obama responds to Romney video on 'Letterman': 'As president you represent the entire country'

President Obama is making his second-ever Late Show with David Letterman appearance Tuesday night, and Dave couldn’t resist asking the incumbent for his reaction to the election buzz of the week — yes, that video in which his opponent, Mitt Romney, is caught on camera saying that 47 percent of the voting public don’t matter to him. CBS released some of the interview early on YouTube.

“One of the things I’ve learned as president is you represent the entire country,” Obama said, in an appearance that starts off with some humor, but gets pretty serious quickly. “My expectation is if you want to be president you have to work for everybody and not just work for some”

Letterman did joke with Obama about staying fit (he weighs 180, for those keeping score at home).

For the rest of the interview, Letterman airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS and we’ll have our take on the President’s appearance later tonight. Check out the preview below:

Michelle Obama to make return visit to 'Late Show with David Letterman'

First Lady Michelle Obama is set for another chat with David Letterman.

Her next appearance on Late Show with David Letterman will air on Wednesday, Aug. 29, right in the middle of the Republican National Convention, which runs Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla.

As for where the interview falls in Obama’s schedule, she will be in the midst of her back-to-school media tour “where she will discuss helping parents get their children ready to return to the classroom as well as important changes to school lunch programs nationwide to provide healthier, more nutritious food,” according to a CBS press release.

Next week’s show will be Obama’s third visit to the Late Show. She took on the program’s Top 10 duties in June when she presented the “Top Ten Fun Facts about Gardening,” and in March, she talked to Letterman about her Joining Forces initiative and which stores are worth “sneaking out” of the White House for (Target, of course! And PetCo too).

The episode will air at Aug. 29 at 11:35p.m. on CBS.

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