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Neil Patrick Harris, Ellen DeGeneres among the names being floated as possible successors to Letterman

David Letterman announced a few days ago that next year will be his last as host of The Late Show on CBS.

There are plenty of names being floated as possible successors and two of them happen to be part of the LGBT community: Neil Patrick Harris and Ellen DeGeneres.

It’s been nearly 30 years since a woman last hosted a late night show on one of the four broadcast networks – Joan Rivers on Fox in 1986-87. So it would be cool to have Ellen get the gig except she’s so wildly popular and at home in daytime.

NPH, however, would be perfect!

Smart, funny, talented and hugely popular – I’d tune in all the time.

The Wrap has published a chart of likely candidates and ranks their Q Scores which measures a performers recognizability and likeability. Ellen tops the field with NPH a solid second. Stephen Colbert is third followed by Jon Stewart and Seth Meyers.

See full list HERE.

Below is NPH’s most recent appearance with Letterman:

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  1. April 5th, 2014 at 6:00 am
    Gayer Than Thou says:

    Much as I’d love to see a woman hosting late-night TV — and an out lesbian at that — I don’t think the gig is right for Ellen’s persona. Daytime is the perfect niche for her. NPH would kill it. It might even get me to start watching late-night TV if he hosted.

  2. I can’t see Ellen leaving daytime. NPH would be great, although I would be surprised if he would be interested. He just got off of a long gig and would probably like to have more time to spend with his kids while they are young.

  3. April 5th, 2014 at 10:37 pm
    Richard S. says:

    Even though CBS’ audience skews older, I believe Les Moonves still craves higher ad rates which would mean that Ellen and Craig Ferguson are out of the picture. These days, viral videos, Facebook likes and Twitter followers are where it’s at to create buzz. Just look at Jimmy and Seth on NBC. Chelsea would be too racy and not mainstream… Colbert is not as well known for his true personality. If CBS keeps the show in NYC, they need a true New Yorker do Neil Patrick Harris would be perfect. Problem is that NPH doesn’t need the money and would rather focus on his kids while taking short-term roles on Broadway and TV and movie parts that shoot in The Big Apple.

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