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David Letterman announced his retirement as the host of The Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday, April 3. The late-night television veteran of three decades will leave in 2015 when his contract expires with CBS. Letterman has won five Emmys during his 11-year run with NBC’s Late Night and recently celebrated his 20th year with CBS in 2013.
With the news of his retirement, speculations have arisen over who is going to take over for the 66-year-old. While names have included Chris Rock, Neil Patrick Harris, and Conan O’Brien, others believe a woman comedian should step up to the plate.
Some of the most iconic late-night talk show hosts include Johnny Carson, Dick Clark, Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno, and Letterman. Very few women have had the opportunity to host their own late-night show, and now is the perfect time to see it happen.
Female celebrities like Melissa McCarthy, Sandra Bullock, and Jennifer Aniston have proven they can have both beauty and humor. It would be great to see a comedic woman step into Letterman’s shoes. Here is our list of the top 10 women comedians who would be perfect to succeed Letterman at CBS.