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Chelsea Handler denies CBS rumors on 'Ellen' -- VIDEO

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Earlier this week, Chelsea Handler posted a photo on her Instagram of a large dog sitting on her lap — but the dog isn’t what got people talking. It was the CBS logo on the piece of paper Handler’s holding in the photo that sparked rumors she was in talks with the network for a new talk show.

With all the recent changes in late night TV, Handler had been one of the names being tossed around as a replacement for David Letterman — before Stephen Colbert was officially named last week. But, Handler squashed those CBS rumors on The Ellen Degeneres Show Thursday saying she has no plans to go on a regular network.

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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.

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Jimmy Fallon passes the baton -- err, pickle -- to Seth Meyers -- VIDEO

In 2009, Jimmy Fallon received a pickle from Conan O’Brien when Fallon took over The Late Night reins.

And now that Fallon is moving on to The Tonight Show, he gave the pickle to new Late Night host Seth Meyers. Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

Seth Meyers calls impending 'SNL' exit 'heartbreaking,' admits to 'Late Night' nerves

We knew it was coming — but Seth Meyers has finally set an end date for SNL.

Today at the Television Critics Association press tour, where Meyers held a panel to talk about his new Late Night gig, Meyers revealed that Feb. 1 will his last time behind the Weekend Update desk, as he prepares for his new show’s Feb. 24 premiere. “It’s heartbreaking, but I’m really happy I came back and did this first half of the year,” Meyers told reporters after the panel. “There was talks when this came up — because I found out before my last show last year — and I knew I wanted to come back, and I’m really glad I did. The nice thing about SNL is that you’re busy that you don’t have much time to reminisce.”

Meanwhile, plans for the body of his new Late Night show continue to progress. Meyers said their theme song was just sent out to a few composers this week, and they are in the process of finding a band. He added that the writers, who include former head Weekend Update writer Alex Bays, are hoping to develop a slate of characters — not unlike Stefon and Taran Killiam’s 18th century reporter, Jebediah Atkinson –  “who belong on our show as opposed to SNL.” READ FULL STORY

Watch the first promo for Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' -- VIDEO

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NBC has released the first promo for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which will debut Feb. 17. It highlights the passing of the baton throughout the years (yes, even Conan). Watch it below.

Seth Meyers takes over Fallon’s desk at Late Night on Feb. 24. READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Fallon announces 'Late Night' special Jan. 5

Jimmy Fallon has announced a two-hour primetime special via — what else? — his Twitter feed. The Best of Late Night will air Jan. 5 from 9-11 p.m. ET.

It’s anyone’s guess as to how he’ll manage to cram five years’ worth of solid-gold ridiculata into just two hours! Seems daunting.

As we know, Fallon will replace Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show following the Sochi Winter Olympics in February.

'NCIS' star Mark Harmon opens up about Cote de Pablo's exit

NCIS fans have long been voicing their thoughts Cote de Pablo’s exit from the hit show but star Mark Harmon has finally opened up with his own thoughts on the impending departure

Speaking on The Arsenio Hall show last night, Harmon said the actress’s exit, announced in July, is the latest of many “changes” the show has experienced over its lengthy run and acknowledged,  “it’s up to this highly professional group to use that as a springboard to get better, to improve and to stay No. 1.”  READ FULL STORY

President Obama to appear on 'The Tonight Show' for sixth time

If you were waiting for President Obama’s thoughts about Carlos Danger, you might just hear his punchline on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno next week.

The President will be a guest on the program Tuesday, August 6, NBC announced today. The chat will focus on his jobs initiatives and the economy, according to a press release by the network.

This is President Obama’s sixth time on Jay Leno’s couch, and his fourth since taking office. He was last on the program October 24, 2012, during the height of his re-election campaign.

Seth Meyers and producer Michael Shoemaker talk 'Late Night' plans (and their 30 Rock ID photos)

In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly out Friday, Seth Meyers and Michael Shoemaker tell EW about The Awesomes, the 10-episode animated superhero series they created, debuting Aug. 1 on Hulu. But the duo, who met at Saturday Night Live in 2001, also chat about their next adventure: Late Night With Seth Meyers. Shoemaker guided Jimmy Fallon’s transition to late night and will be Meyers’ producer when he inherits the show in February 2014.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What kind of conversations are the two of you having at this point?

Seth Meyers: One of the main things we’re doing now, which will be the most essential part of the success of the show, is staffing. You’re trying to find people who you trust and like their comedic voices. That’s been a really fun part of this summer so far. I don’t think we’re gonna try to deconstruct the late night model. But I feel like every time one of these shows succeeds, it’s because it’s built around the strengths of the host. So we’re trying to recognize my strengths. [Laughs]

Michael Shoemaker: Seth being delighted with other people is my favorite thing to watch. Watching Seth set someone up for a joke and then have it appear is the most satisfying thing. He did Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld. Watching that, I realized every time I would pause, I was grinning, and it was just because he was having such a good time. That’s what I want to see.

Meyers: It was like the greatest four hours of my life. There was a reason I looked happy.
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Jimmy Fallon's 'Game of Thrones' parody will be a ball -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

He titilated you with The Jersey Floor. He intrigued you with Downton Sixbey. And now he’s going to enchant you with Game of Desks, an elaborate parody that spoofs TV’s most beloved epic fantasy.

In this exclusive clip from Late Night‘s latest lengthy send-up, host Jimmy Fallon enters an elevator as himself — and exits it as a long-haired, bearded, fur-and-leather-clad refugee from Westeros, ready to punish a writer from “the Late Night‘s Watch” for writing bad jokes

We can’t know for sure which of Games‘s characters will get the parody treatment when the full clip airs tonight at 12:35 a.m. ET — maybe Jay Leno will be looped in as the deposed Mad King Aerys? The video does at least give us a glimpse at Late Night‘s take on Varys, King’s Landing’s gelded Master of Whispers. Here, Fallon announcer Steve Higgins plays the part by stepping into elaborate robes and looping a very special necklace around his throat. Put it this way: If you touch the pendant, he’ll turn his head and cough.

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Seth Meyers will return to 'SNL' this fall, leave for 'Late Night' in 2014

Who will replace Seth Meyers at Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update desk? We’ll have to wait at least until January to find out. Meyers explained on the Today show this morning that he plans to return to SNL this fall, continuing to anchor Update through the end of 2013.

“I just am nowhere near emotionally ready for Saturday to be my last show,” the comic explained to Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie in a voice that sounded choked with emotion. (In reality, Meyers is just nursing a particularly nasty cold.) SNL‘s most devoted fans probably feel the same way, especially if Saturday marks the exit of Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis as well as Bill Hader — the only cast member who is confirmed to be leaving the show.

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Chris Hardwick gets a late night show on Comedy Central

Comedy Central just scribbled another line onto Chris Hardwick’s jam-packed dance card.

The 41-year-old comedian, who got his start hosting MTV’s dating show Singled Out in the mid ’90s, already produces his weekly Nerdist podcast, hosts AMC’s Walking Dead companion talk show Talking Dead, hosts a weekly Nerdist chat show on BBC America, runs Los Angeles’s Nerdist Theater, and voices one of the title characters on Nickelodeon’s upcoming cartoon Sanjay and Craig. And later this year, he’ll add another line to his resume: EW has confirmed that Comedy Central will launch a Hardwick-hosted late night show to air after The Colbert Report four nights a week, starting this fall. Deadline first reported the news. READ FULL STORY

Alec Baldwin in talks to host late night show on NBC -- report

Ready for a little more turnover in NBC’s late-night landscape?

The Peacock is apparently in early discussions with Alec Baldwin to host a talk show that would possibly air at 1:35 a.m. — real estate that is currently occupied by Last Call with Carson Daly — according to The New York Times. A source tells EW that the proposed program could be a Tom Snyder-esque intimate interview talk show. NBC declined to comment.

The 55-year-old actor, who won two Emmys during his seven seasons on 30 Rock, has some shiny emcee credits on his resume: He has hosted Saturday Night Live no less than 16 times, he has co-hosted the Oscars, and he hosts a weekly interview podcast called Here’s the Thing on WNYC, in which he journeys into the homes and dressing rooms of celebrities like Chris Rock, Michael Douglas, David Letterman, and Lena Dunham.

Last week, NBC confirmed the news that Jimmy Fallon will succeed Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show in February, which means Fallon’s Late Night chair will need to be filled.

In addition to Last Call, which is in its 12th season, Daly also hosts NBC’s The Voice.

(Additional reporting by Lynette Rice)

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