CBS missed a chance at history by picking a white guy to replace David Letterman
Stephen Colbert is great and all, but our columnist says history is on the side of women, blacks.
CBS would have made history by choosing Chris Rock to replace David Letterman. CBS had a chance to make history but chose to play it safe instead. With Steven Colbert set to replace David Letterman next year, late night television will remain an all-white boys club. The network could’ve hired Ellen DeGeneres, Tina Fey, Chris Rock or dozens of other funny, smart females and people of color to replace Letterman. Instead execs chose the safest, least surprising route possible with Colbert. Sure he’s one of the smartest, funniest guys on TV and obviously has earned the gig, but these jobs open up so rarely and CBS poobahs moved so swiftly to name a replacement, they missed an even bigger opportunity to change the face of late night television.
That said, as a company, CBS is behind the syndicated reboot of “The Arsenio Hall Show” and also home to “The Talk,” a daily program that features the most diverse cast in daytime TV — including Julie Chen — who is married to CBS chief Les Moonves. For now though, no high-def color TV can alter this reality: late night TV remains a black and white issue.