Conan O'Brien admits that the feud between him and Jay Leno remains fierce.
The bitter rivalry began in earnest in 2010 when, barely six months after replacing Leno as host of The Tonight Show, Conan was ousted from the show. "In some ways, that was more intense than Jay versus Dave [Letterman]. It felt like the younger guard [supporting Conan] against the old guard [Leno]. People were having rallies, making videos slamming NBC, and NBC was thinking, 'How is Conan doing this?' I was being credited as a genius when I didn't have the slightest idea who these people were," Conan told ShortList magazine.
Conan - who now hosts a new self-titled talk show - added that some of his most ardent fans even went so far as to get a tattoo as a show of support. He was, however, quick to point out that he didn't necessarily appreciate the gesture. "They've tattooed my face on their body. I always feel like, 'Look, I'll pay to have that removed,'" the talk show host added.
Neil Patrick Harris was asked to present The Late Show.
The How I Met Your Mother actor - who raises twins Harper and Gideon, three, with partner David Burtka - was asked to replace David Letterman on the nightly talk show and even got as far as meeting with CBS executives to discuss the opportunity.
"They called me in and sat me down and asked if that would be something that I would be interested in doing," he said. However, despite the lucrative offer, the 40-year-old actor turned down the job as he worried about getting "bored" and wanted more flexible working.
"In that instance I felt like I knew what my skill sets were. I was surprised that he pitched me that idea, and I sort of sat for a minute with it and told him the things that concerned me about the longevity of that kind of gig. I would get bored of the repetition fast, and the structure is so set that I don't have any interest in doing monologue, commercial, sketch, guest, guest, musical act, good night," he said on The Howard Stern Show.
Chelsea Handler has been in talks to host a daytime show.
The 39-year-old presenter - who is to leave E! when her Chelsea Lately contract ends - had sparked speculation she was to replace Craig Ferguson on The Late Show on CBS after posting an Instagram picture of her holding papers branded by the network, but insiders insist she won't be taking on the 12:30 am slot.
"There are no discussions with Chelsea Handler regarding the network's 12:30 late night broadcast," an official statement from CBS read.
Instead, sources told the New York Post newspaper that she met with executives to discuss the possibility of a syndicated daytime talk show, following in the footsteps of the likes of Kris Jenner, Katie Couric and Anderson Cooper. However, it seems the outspoken star could have jeopardized the plan with her social media posting. "Chelsea Handler is a pain in the butt," an executive told the newspaper.
Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman on the Late Show.
The 49-year-old host, who currently fronts The Colbert Report, will be taking over from the 66-year-old star on the CBS show when he retires next year.
"Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead. I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth," Stephen said in a statement.
Stephen hosts his Comedy Central show, which he has fronted since 2005, in the character of a conservative cable news anchor and, although the late-night program will finish its run in eight months time, it is not yet known whether his alter-ego will live on.
Oprah Winfrey is taking a self-help show on tour.
The media mogul will go on the road this autumn for two-day arena events called Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend.
The show will see Oprah, 60, take to the stage on a Friday night, and the following day a host of people who have featured on her talk show or her OWN network will also join the discussions, with Iyanla Vanzant, Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert and Pastor Rob Bell among those who will appear at each of the eight cities on the tour. Additionally, author Deepak Chopra will be an occasional guest.
"It's about living the life you want, because a great percentage of the population is living a life that their mother wanted, that their husband wanted, that they thought or heard they wanted," Oprah said.
The tour will begin in Atlanta, Georgia, across the first weekend in September. And those wishing to attend the shows will have to pay out quite a sum, with ticket prices starting at $99 and rising to a staggering $999 for a chance to meet Oprah.
"I read that and I loved it and we'd gone through rehearsal and I could barely breathe in rehearsal and when we got to the show, I honestly thought that I would be fine. It seemed like if I take a breath first [it would be ok]…'and of course his mother,' and before the 'M' even came out of my mouth I'm like, 'I'm done. I'm just done.'"
- Stephen Colbert recalls a rare moment when he broke character and laughed at the pronunciation of Munchma Quchi, the mother of Suq Madiq, an Arab-American viewer who had recently donated to his Super Pac.
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Alec Baldwin is to host a chat show.
The 30 Rock actor has been confirmed to present a prime-time weekly talk show, entitled Up Late With Alec Baldwin, at 10pm on MSNBC in October in which he will give his take on current affairs and culture and interview guests on such subjects.
"I've been talking with Alec for a while and can't wait to bring his personality and eclectic interests to MSNBC. He's got such passion for ideas and what's going on in the world - he's going to be a great addition to our line-up," MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a statement.
Alec has been getting plenty of interview practice on his podcast Here's the Thing for radio station WNYC, which has seen him put the questions to several stars including Lena Dunham and Chris Rock, and he believes it has been the perfect preparation for his TV show. "After two seasons of my WNYC podcast, I've developed a fondness for hosting a show that involved talking with smart, talented and engaging people in every imaginable field. I'm grateful to MSNBC for helping me bring a similar show to television," he said.
Barbara Walters will be retiring. The chat show veteran has decided to end her phenomenal TV career in 2014.
"I am very happy with my decision and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead both on The View and with ABC News. I created The View and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it. I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain. I want instead to sit on a sunny field and admire the very gifted women - and, OK, some men, too - who will be taking my place," she said in a statement.
The 83-year-old star - who will continue to serve as executive producer of The View - began her career in 1961 and has spent five decades at the forefront of television. She co-hosted NBC's morning news program, The Today Show, for 15 years before moving over to ABC to co-host the Evening News. Ben Sherwood, ABC News President, said, "There is only one Barbara Walters. We look forward to making her final year on television as remarkable, path-breaking and news-making as Barbara herself. We look forward to a year befitting her brilliant career filled with exclusive interviews, great adventures and indelible memories."
Kris Jenner's daytime talk show Kris will air this summer.
The showbiz matriarch - who has masterminded the reality TV careers of her entire family, most notably daughter Kim Kardashian - will present a one-hour show featuring celebrity guests and fashion, beauty and lifestyle discussions, after agreeing a deal with Twentieth Television.
"This is something I have wanted to do all my life so it's definitely a dream come true! I can't wait for this new adventure to begin," she said.
Twentieth Television believe Kris' experience as a manager to her celebrity daughters Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian and Kylie and Kendall Jenner, will help her be a great TV host. "The latest adventures, successes and disappointments surrounding the extensive Kardashian and Jenner family fill entertainment magazines and create daily online headlines. [In the middle] of this fascinating empire is Kris Jenner - a dedicated mom and a successful business woman. Whether offering real advice to her family or sharing personal moments with viewers, Kris is honest, compelling, entertaining, and unscripted - all excellent qualities for a daytime talk show host," said Stephen Brown, Twentieth's EVP of Development & Programming.
Hugh Grant is a "big pain in the ass." The Music and Lyrics actor was blasted by The Daily Show host Jon Stewart for being rude to his staff and Jon says he will never be invited back.
Speaking at a fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival in New Jersey recently, Jon said, "He's giving everyone s**t the whole time, and he's a big pain in the ass. And we've had dictators on the show." Jon also revealed Hugh complained about the clip of his flop movie Did You Hear About The Morgans? which was played on the show, asking "What is that clip? It's a terrible clip" to which the host replied, "Well, then make a better f***ing movie."
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