Bette Midler, Johnny Carson
They yap, they yammer, they sometimes even yell, but where would we be without our trusty talk-show hosts? Their programs pep us up for the day ahead and soothe us into slumber at night — that is, when they're not shocking the heck out of us! Here are the biggest, wildest, funniest and, yes, even the most tragic moments from the great wide world of chat.
David Letterman and Jennifer Lawrence
Our top moments of the week:
14. Best Power Move: Annie finally kills Henry on Covert Affairs in an empty alleyway in Hong Kong, but the biggest game-changer comes halfway around the world. Back at Langley, Calder is nominated to fill the vacant DCS seat, at least temporarily, after Braithwaite's suicide. Though hesitant to accept it at first because he doesn't want to overstep on Joan, who's just...
Andy Cohen and Jay Leno
Jay Leno is putting an end to rumors about a feud with David Letterman.
"We started out together, he still makes me laugh as much as anybody." Leno told Andy Cohen, a guest on his show. "Brilliant wordsmith, very funny guy."
9 TV shows on the bubble
During an appearance on The Tonight Show, Cohen asked Leno to play his favorite Watch What Happens: Live game, "Plead the Fifth," in which Cohen asks three questions and the guest must answer two. Leno's admission came when Cohen asked, "What is the misconception about you that irritates you the most?"
Tom Hanks has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, he revealed onMonday's Late Show.
According to the actor, 57, he had been dealing with high blood sugar numbers since he was 36, but recently his doctor told him, "You've graduated. You've got Type 2 diabetes, young man."
David Letterman has extended his contract to continue hosting the Late Show through 2015, CBS announced Friday.
Bill Murray and David Letterman
Apparently someone was a big fan of HBO's recent TV movie Behind the Candelabra!
Bill Murray returned to the Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday to help ring in the show's 20th anniversary, and boy did he make an entrance!
Bill Murray, who was the first guest on The Late Show with David Letterman when it premiered in 1993, will return to the show to celebrate its 20th anniversary later this month.
Murray will make his 26th guest appearance on Thursday, Aug. 29, CBS announcedMonday. Murray was also the first guest on David Letterman's Late Night show when it premiered in 1982.
Tina Fey and David Letterman
Celebrities, they're just like us! They also get robbed!
Fox orders Tina Fey college comedy to series
Tina Fey detailed an unfortunate story of how her laptop was stolen on the Late Show Wednesday night. The 30 Rock alum told David Letterman that...
There is a new king of late night, according to TV Guide Magazine's annual survey of star salaries. And he's a very rich king.
The Daily Show host Jon Stewart is now earning between $25-30 million a year, according to several sources (his network, Comedy Central, did not comment). That puts Stewart ahead of the past perennial late night salary leaders Jay Leno and David Letterman. Leno took a significant pay cut last year, as NBC wanted to reduce costs at Tonight. He now earns around $20 million a year after being up near $30 million. Letterman is also said to be in the $20 million range as the license fee CBS pays to his production company, Worldwide Pants, for Late Show has been reduced in recent years.
Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo
CBS CEO Leslie Moonves wants to make one thing clear: The network didn't let NCIS' Cote de Pablo leave the show without putting up a fight.
"We offered Cote de Pablo a lot of money, and then we offered her even more money," Moonves told reporters at the Television Critics Association fall TV previews Monday. "We really didn't want to lose her. We love her; we think she was terrific. ... Ultimately she decided she didn't want to do the show."
Cote de Pablo exiting NCIS
De Pablo announced her exit earlier this month, one week before the show was scheduled to begin production on its upcoming 11th season. She expressed her gratitude to the show and its cast and crew and said she would return for a few episodes to end her character's story. But how could CBS lose the leading lady of the No. 1 show on television?
"It was purely her decision," Moonves continued. "NCIS was the highest-rated show on television last year. We don't like losing anybody, but we did everything humanly possible. We feel like we exhausted every opportunity, and she just decided she didn't want to do the show."
Some other highlights from Moonves' executive session....