It seems another late-night shakeup is coming at NBC. While reports swirl that Jay Leno will be replaced by Jimmy Fallon, we can't help but wonder if the entire situation would be improved by bringing in some new blood entirely. Click ahead to see the stars we'd like to see host their own late-night show.
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Since Fey looked comfy behind the Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" desk as co-anchor, let's give her another desk for late-night where her comedy genius can flourish. Her special brand of whimsicality will have an ever-changing battalion of special guests (may we suggest 30 Rock alums?) to work with and will have the audience "Lizzing" themselves in no time.
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Neil Patrick Harris
There's a reason that the How I Met Your Mother star has an Emmy on his mantle for hosting the 2009 Tony awards. Because he's that good. Harris would be an ace at interviewing the A-listers, but thanks to his many other skills (his humor, his singing, his dancing), the actor would no doubt veer away from the traditional monologue and freshen up the entire format with sketches and pre-taped bits much like Jimmy Fallon. After How I Met Your Mother ends its run in 2014, why not hire Harris for a gig that would put all of his talents to good (and regular) use?
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Up All Night may be all but officially canceled, but that shouldn't stop Rudolph from taking the skills she honed there as an Oprah-esque talk show host and parlaying them into her own real late-night chat fest. With Saturday Night Live and Bridesmaids also on her resume, Rudolph would be a hilarious addition to the nighttime talk shows. And, she'd be a great pick to infuse some estrogen into the male-dominated after-hours shows.
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Everyone wants a piece of the silver fox these days. If AC doesn't host Jeopardy! or the Today show or a new CNN show with Kathy Griffin , he'd be perfect for late-night. He's no comedian, but he can definitely bring the snark (see: The RidicuList), and his journalism background and pop-culture savviness make him one of the few people who can intelligently talk to the president about real issues and a Real Housewife about fake drama.
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Ansari could channel the oblivious confidence he as Tom Haverford on Parks and Recreation to turn even the most awkward interviews with A-listers into hilarious segments. And with a background in standup, Ansari wouldn't have to resort to tired clichés or slamming his bosses to liven up his nightly monologues.
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How many different straight white men can we watch yapping behind a desk each night? Yawn! Why not switch it up a bit? Ru is a quintuple-threat: He's a comedian, singer, dancer, actor and damn, is he fierce! As we've seen on Drag Race, he also has a bevy of Hollywood friends willing to come on his show and act a fool. Plus, Ru would never be afraid to throw shade at anyone who tried to make him sashay away.
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Those who remember Mayer's 2004 special John Mayer Has a TV Show know the singer is built for late-night. From his snarky comedy and pranks that would make Jimmy Kimmel proud, to his deadpan interview-style, Mayer would be the male Chelsea Handler the world never knew it needed.
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For those who want to keep their childhood memories pure, a Saget late-night show isn't for you. But if you've ever wanted to see Danny Tanner get down and dirty five-nights a week, then get in line! The comedian's raunchy humor would be a fun break from the typical, squeaky-clean talk shows. Not to mention, it'd be the perfect platform for a Full House reunion!
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Sure, everyone knows the SNL funnyman could hit the monologue out of the park every night thanks to his years behind the "Weekend Update" desk. But, thanks to his many stints last year as Kelly Ripa's substitute co-host, Meyers showed he can do talk-show banter and celebrity interviews with the best of them. He is the rare combination of being extremely smart while also being extremely approachable. The only reason not to move into the late-night game? Because then there would be pretty much zero reason to watch the already mediocre SNL without him.
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Damon Wayans Jr. and Eliza Coupe
If you don't Save Happy Endings, then help us make this happen. These two crazy kids are just that: crazy. Between their improv skills, quick (and dirty) wits, and insane chemistry, this would be the most unpredictable show yet. Plus: They can do more Blackass stunts.
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When the stand-up comedian was first approached to enter the late-night sphere on his fictional FX comedy, to say he was an odd choice would be an understatement. But with a little time and a lot of help from a late-night coach (played by David Lynch), Louie proved himself a disarmingly charming host who could handle celebrity interviews with a touch of awkwardness and self-deprecation reminiscent of David Letterman. Jerry Seinfeld may have gotten the job in the end on Louie, but in real life, we'd like to see Louis come out on top.
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Galifianakis already hosts our favorite webshow, Between Two Ferns. Imagine what he could do with more than 10 minutes at a time! Galifianakis' antagonistic and inappropriate questions never fail to produce off-the-cuff hilarity from his celeb guests. A Galifianakis talk show would truly be the most unpredictable show on late-night TV. Maybe Speed Stick would even sign on as a full-time sponsor!