The four-man race for Craig Kilborn's vacated desk on CBS' The Late Late Show is heating up. This week, MTV's TRL host Damien Fahey, 24, has returned for a second stint as guest host. How hungry is he to land Kilby's old job? Very. A final decision is expected to be made sometime next month. Here, he sits down with TV Guide Online to size up the competition and figure his chances.TV Guide Online: We enjoy the bedhead haircut you're sporting on Late Late Show.
It's like a 45-minute procedure to make it look this messy. It's all done with mirrors like a David Blaine
TVGO: So your rivals for the host gig are Ed's Michael Ian Black, sitcom star D.L. Hughley and... who's the other guy?
TVGO: Who the hell's that? He probably has no chance if I can't even remember his name.
There you go. We're actually doing a sketch on the show tonight called "Who Is Craig Ferguson?" He's actually Drew Carey
's boss on The Drew Carey Show
... No, no, you're not gonna lure me into bad-mouthing the other guys.
TVGO: In all seriousness, do you really have a prayer of getting hired permanently?
Fahey: David Letterman
and the folks at [his production company] World Wide Pants have a big say. I've been told I have as much chance as anyone else, which is kinda wild because I am 24. So if this actually happened... Obviously, it's awesome for my career, but personally, this is a dream come true and surpasses anything I thought I'd accomplish in my life.
TVGO: So you thought you'd live out your days as a well-paid niche-cable TV sub-lebrity?
No. From Day 1, I was always convinced I'd have a couple of bad focus groups and that'd be it. I'd be out the door and operating a tollbooth on the Jersey Turnpike. So I'll always try to step it up and do better. If I get this, I'll be satisfied, happy and confident in my longevity. But obviously, you worry. The track record is more MTV VJs going the way of Jesse Camp
TVGO: True. Your next stop could be Game Show Network, like Kennedy!
Fahey: (Mock horrified)
Please no. That'd be like hosting Sabado Gigante
in Spanish on Univision.
TVGO: Hopefully, you'll be the one to replace Kilby. Not sure I liked him much. The guy always had that cocky, frat-boy date-rape gleam in his eye. You're odd, too, but definitely sweeter than he was.
So I don't have the date-rape gleam? OK, very good. Maybe I just have more of that jaywalking look in my eye. Like I might cross against the light, but that's the extent of it.