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Ferguson wants Jon Stewart to replace Letterman

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 11th 2008 3:00PM

Craig FergusonAwwww, isn't it nice when one late night host gives a compliment to another?

Late, Late Show host Craig Ferguson says that he would like to see Jon Stewart take over for David Letterman if and when Letterman retires. Letterman's current contract with CBS is up in 2010, which just happens to be the same time that Stewart's contract is up with The Daily Show and Comedy Central.

But that's not the most interesting part of this interview with Ferguson over at Broadcasting and Cable. Ferguson hints strongly that if Letterman stays, he'll stay, but if Letterman does indeed retire, he'll probably retire too. And he really doesn't have an interest in the 11:35 slot (Ferguson has already said he might leave CBS when his six year contract is up).

As I've said here before, it would be great to see Jon Stewart take over for Letterman. Sure, he's had crazy success with The Daily Show and has become sort of an icon in that role and has probably been influential in some way, but as he has said a thousand times in interviews, success doesn't last forever in this business, and he might see the timing of the late night shake up (Leno leaving NBC in 2009, Conan taking over for him, Letterman and Ferguson possibly leaving in 2010) as a way to move on to the next thing in his career. Plus, he looks up to Letterman and would probably like to be part of that family again.

Maybe if Letterman retires, Stewart can get the 11:35 slot and Colbert can come over too and get the 12:35 slot? That would be an interesting shift in the late night network talk show landscape.

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I will cease to watch the Late Show if Jon Stewart ever takes over for Dave.

I cannot stand Jon Stewart

February 12 2008 at 4:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If Jon Stewart did take over Letterman's show, it would completely fit his profile. He's already taken over The Garry Shandling Show and The Daily Show. One suggestion, if he does take over The Late Show: Bring back Hank Kingsley.

February 12 2008 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Kilborn was horrible, that said Jon Stewart's was God awful as a comedian and even worse as a talk show host.
I am telling you I couldn't stand this guy, but he did a 180 when he started hosting TDS.
He found he niche, but he will fail if he does the Late Show, his interview skills are below that of Carson Daily.

February 12 2008 at 5:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

craig is consistently the funniest thing on tv.

February 12 2008 at 2:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris Shifty

Why is Stewart loyal to Conan? Because they appeared on each other's shows during a Writer's Strike? Late Night has a bulletin board with a list of guests on other talk shows and the Daily Show isn't on that because according to producer Jeff Ross, they're not their competition.

He may be quite happy doing his 22 minute episodes 4x a week (he's been cleaning up with Emmy wins) but if he's still allowed to poke fun at politicians and the media and interview more guests and have a bigger budget then why not? He could do it for 5 or 6 years and do something else. These guys (Craig, Jon, Conan, Colbert and Jimmy) are already approaching their mid40s and don't seem like Letterman or Carson and will continue until their 60s.

Of course Letterman's viewers may not like Stewart but they're also getting older each year and thus less important to CBS. Stewart on CBS will attract a younger audience.

February 11 2008 at 10:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Stewart won't take Letterman's spot simply because he's also loyal to Conan and I don't think Stewart would want to be seen as a rival for Conan.

February 11 2008 at 10:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah I really don't see Stewart going to CBS. He seems like he prefers interviewing politicians to celerities and he won't be able to do that with the Late Show. Plus, I sort of remember him saying on his show that he was very happy where he was, but that was a few years ago so I guess plenty can change.

February 11 2008 at 7:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joey Geraci

Ferguson is painful.

There is no way that Stewart is leaving Comedy Central; he is comfortable in his little fiefdom, and I can't see why he would want to rock the boat.

February 11 2008 at 7:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I highly doubt Stewart would take Letterman's place, but if he did, CBS would be messing up big time; I am pretty sure a lot of people who watch Letterman would quit watching if anyone replaced him, especially those like Stewart. Plus Comedy Central would lose viewers too. Colbert '08!

February 11 2008 at 7:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why would Jon Stewart leave a show that is successful and that he has creative control over?

February 11 2008 at 6:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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