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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

Conan O'Brien says Stephen Colbert is the 'right person' for 'Late Show' -- VIDEO

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Don’t feel bad for Conan O’Brien. Again.

The 50-year-old talk show host said he was never a contender to take over CBS’ the Late Show when David Letterman announced his retirement last week. The funnyman, who has hosted his talk show Conan on TBS since 2010, said he believes Stephen Colbert is the “right person” to take over the show from Letterman.

“I wasn’t up for it,” O’Brien said backstage Friday during a break from rehearsing for Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards, which he’s hosting for the first time. “I’m very happy where I am, but I love Stephen. I think Stephen is great. I’m a huge fan of his as a comic and as a human being. I think it’s fantastic. I’m really glad that he got the job. I look forward to seeing his show.” READ FULL STORY

CBS explains why they picked Colbert, confirms dropping conservative character

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

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Why Colbert?
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.

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Josh Charles on 'Late Show': 'Everything's going to be okay!' -- VIDEO

In his first interview since his character took a fatal bullet on last night’s The Good Wife, Josh Charles taped an installment of The Late Show With David Letterman on Monday to talk about keeping the secret — and the reaction from fans.

“A lot of the, you know, the response on Twitter has been much the same and I just want to say to the fans that, you know, I really appreciate all of your comments,” Charles said to Letterman. “I don’t know where I’m looking, but I just want to tell them that I really appreciate that … It’s meant a lot. I get invested in characters in TV shows, too, so. Everything’s going to be ok!”

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CBS extends David Letterman deal through 2015

Despite all of the late-night shifts announced within the past year, it looks like David Letterman isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

EW has confirmed that Letterman’s deal with CBS has been extended through 2015, meaning he will continue to serve as host of Late Show with David Letterman for at least two more years.

“There is only one Dave, and we are extremely proud that he continues to call CBS ‘home,’” CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves said in a press release.

And just like that, the longest-running late night talk show host in history keeps chugging along.

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

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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:
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