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David Letterman Honors Robin Williams With Touching Tribute

August 19th, 2014 4:50pm EDT
Robin Williams and David Letterman
David Letterman paid tribute to late friend Robin Williams on Monday night's show, telling stories about when the two first met 38-years ago at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles.

Letterman had yet to acknowledge his friend's passing as The Late Show was on hiatus last week, and upon his return to the airwaves he spoke for just over eight minutes about last week's shocking news that Williams had passed and reflect on Williams' rise to fame before airing a two-minute tribute video of clips from the star's appearances on his show.

Letterman compared himself and fellow comedians like Jay Leno a...
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Rumor Patrol: Neil Patrick Harris Turned Down 'Late Show,' Selena Gomez Pregnant, More

May 17th, 2014 12:00pm EDT
Rumor Patrol: Neil Patrick Harris Turned Down 'Late Show,' Selen
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Neil Patrick Harris Offered Late Show: Did CBS want to stay in-house for David Letterman's replacement? There were several rumors they gunned for How I Met Your Mother star before ultimately getting Stephen Colbert. So did Harris turn them down, or was Colbert their #1 choice?

Verdict: Harris turned them down. He told Howard Stern, "Yes, I was in conversation with them (Moonves and CBS TV President Nin...
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20 Incredible David Letterman Moments That Kept Us Watching

April 28th, 2014 6:00pm EDT
20 Incredible David Letterman Moments That Kept Us Watching
The landscape of late night TV has changed dramatically over the last year. Jay Leno retired, for good this time, and was replaced by Jimmy Fallon. Seth Meyers was brought in from SNL to take Fallon's old slot. And then just when everyone thought things were settling down... the best late night talk show host since Johnny Carson dropped a bomb.

David Letterman's announcement that he will retire in 2015, followed by the quick naming of Stephen Colbert as his replacement by CBS sent shockwaves through the industry. Jay Leno may have been ahead in the ratings when he left but ask most comedy ...
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Stephen Colbert Hired To Replace David Letterman On 'Late Show'

April 10th, 2014 2:03pm EDT
Stephen Colbert Hired To Replace David Letterman On 'Late Show'
It only took a week for CBS to find the right person to replace David Letterman.

Just as rumors suggested, Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's Colbert Report will take over for Letterman some time in 2015 when the venerable talk show host's contract ends.

CBS made the official announcement today. CEO Les Moonves said in a statement, "Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television. David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he establis...
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Neil Patrick Harris Calls 'Late Show' Job 'An Asinine Amount Of Work'

April 8th, 2014 6:03pm EDT
Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris hasn't turned down possibly hosting Late Show when David Letterman retires, but he doesn't sound too thrilled about the job.

Harris has been rumored to be on CBS's wish list to replace Letterman after the hose leaves the Late Show in 2015. Other names include Stephen Colbert and Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson.

Harris told the New York Observer, "I’m super focused on Hedwig at the moment, so that hasn’t even been a conversation at all." The former How I Met Your Mother star is currently a Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Itch. He added, "But I’m a big fan...
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CBS Might Pay Craig Ferguson $8 Million – To Not Host 'Late Show'

April 6th, 2014 10:03am EDT
Craig Ferguson
Craig Ferguson might be sending David Letterman a big retirement gift – because whether he replaces Letterman as the Late Show host or not, he’s getting paid.

The New York Daily News reports Ferguson was sly enough to add a clause in his contract that promises him a pay-out if he doesn’t get the Late Night job when Letterman retires. The number ranges anywhere from $8 million to $12 million, according to reports.

If the rumors are true, CBS is gunning to get a star from outside the network to replace Letterman. Right now, hot names include Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert and Neil Patric...
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Rumor Patrol: James Franco's Viral Stunt, David Letterman's Replacement, More

April 5th, 2014 12:03pm EDT
James Franco
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

James Franco's Viral Stunt: As you have probably heard by now, Franco is embroiled in a scandal after he allegedly sent texts to a teenage girl who was visiting New York with her parents. However, many believe the whole story is a stunt to draw attention to his independent project Palo Alto, which follows a man in an relationship with a younger girl.

Verdict: False. Unfortunately for Franco, we really ...
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Shining Stars And Falling Stars: David Letterman And James Franco

April 4th, 2014 1:00pm EDT
Shining Stars And Falling Stars: David Letterman And James Franc
Shining Star: David Letterman - Dave has just announced that his retiring from his CBS show "Late Show With David Letterman" in 2015. The man is 66-years-old and has been a late night television staple for 33 years (including 2015). He has been quite a gem among a sea of late night hosts and will be missed.

Watch his "Late Show" announcement below:

Kudos to David Letterman for putting in such a long tenure at CBS being a great late night host. This guy is so cool that he has a guy parody him on the "Howard Stern Show" called "Evil Dave." That guy seriously does an excellent impres...
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Rumor Patrol: Full-Frontal 'Fifty Shades', Julia Roberts Pregnant, More

December 14th, 2013 3:03pm EST
Fifty Shades of Grey
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Full-Frontal Nudity In Fifty Shades of Grey: We knew the film adaptation of Fifty Shades would be steamy - but now rumors are saying stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson could be completely naked in scenes of the erotic film.

Verdict: Leaning True. While it has not been confirmed, there are several hints the film is headed that way. For example, producer Dana Brunetti said in a recent interview there ...
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Selena Gomez Sizzles In A Crop Top And Double-Slit Skirt For Her Appearance On 'The Late Show'

October 18th, 2013 5:12am EDT
Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez paid a visit to David Letterman's show at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City Thursday evening, looking better than ever.

The "Come And Get It" singer bared her belly in a Navy blue crop-top paired with a Navy blue double-slit skirt showing off her sexy legs.

Selena broke down on stage during her0 concert in Brooklyn Wednesday night because for some reason she wasn't allowed to take photos with her fans after the show for her Instagram page, something she does at every stop.

The 21-year-old teared up during her song "Love Will Remember", which is reportedly about ex-boy...
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Bill Murray Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of 'The Late Show' Dressed As Liberace

August 30th, 2013 12:00pm EDT
The Late Show With David Letterman
Bill Murray, who was the very first guest on "The Late Show With David Letterman" in 1993, celebrated the show's 20th anniversary by exiting a vintage car on stage and dressing up as Liberace.

It was the 26th appearance for the actor.

Murray made a grand entrance in a white vintage Rolls-Royce. He wore a flamboyant cape, carried a white toy poodle, and donned Liberace's signature hairstyle. He was escorted out of the vehicle by a young, blonde man wearing a gold and white chauffeur uniform.

"Wow.  Delightful...I didn't know you had a dog," Letterman commented.

"I had to get something th...
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Lindsay Lohan Talks About Upcoming Rehab Stint, Tears Up On David Letterman

April 10th, 2013 12:26pm EDT
Lindsay Lohan on Letterman
Lindsay Lohan's excuse for skipping a court deposition in Los Angeles? She was busy making an appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman" in New York City.

The actress, who recently returned from a promotional trip to Brazil, decided to show up for the talk show instead of deal with photographer Grigor Balyan, who claims he was hospitalized in 2010 after Lohan hit him with her car outside a nightclub.

In her first TV interview since November, Lohan promoted her guest spot on Charlie Sheen's "Anger Management" and opened up to Letterman about her upcoming stint in rehab. She must be...
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David Letterman Banned 'Spring Breakers' Director From 'Late Show'

March 27th, 2013 2:07pm EDT
Spring Breakers
David Letterman hasn't banned many people from appearing on his talk show, but that's what he was forced to do when he witnessed what Spring Breakers' director Harmony Korine was doing backstage.

While talking to Spring Breakers star James Franco, the actor revealed that Korine had been on the show to promote his previous works and was listed for a fourth appearance, only to be bumped from the show. Franco had heard that Korine "pushed" Meryl Streep backstage and was kicked off the show.

"Harmony is a very sane guy now -- a great artist and great person to work with. But I think he had a ...
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Selena Gomez And David Letterman Made Justin Bieber Cry

March 19th, 2013 10:59am EDT
Selena Gomez on Letterman
Selena Gomez got in a couple of jabs aimed at ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber during her visit to the Late Show With David Letterman on Monday night. The actress was in the Big Apple promoting her new film Spring Breakers.

"Wow, that's almost an outfit you're wearing," Letterman said when Selena, wearing a very short skirt and showing plenty of leg, sat down for her interview.

The two discussed her new film's director, Harmony Korine; and Dave brought up one of his past appearances, saying there was "something wacky" about him. Selena said her mom was a big fan of the director and encouraged h...
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Bill Murray Gets Kidnapped and Tazed Before His 'Late Show' Appearance

December 7th, 2012 11:55am EST
Bill Murray
Bill Murray was blindfolded and bundled into the back of a van with his hands tied behind his back as part of a phony kidnapping for David Letterman's talk show this week.

The Ghostbusters star staged a dramatic entrance for his appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday and was seen being pulled from the trunk of an SUV by two burly men as part of the opening sequence.

Murray's hands were untied and a black bag was removed from over his head before he was dragged to the TV studio entrance, sobbing and begging his captors, "Please don't kill me!" He was then hit with a...
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The Show Must Go On: Jimmy Fallon And David Letterman Still Air Shows Despite Hurricane Sandy

October 30th, 2012 11:41am EDT
Jimmy Fallon
Late night talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman weren't going to let a little thing like Hurricane Sandy get in their way Monday evening, as both hosts aired their shows with skeleton crews and without studio audiences.

Like the United States Postal Service the two comedians refused to let weather stop them and they provided the much needed comic relief from the superstorm -- for those who still had power, that is.

Fallon began his show by stepping outside his Rockefeller Center studio in Manhattan to show the nearly empty streets and explain that the show would go on despite ...
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Dustin Hoffman, Led Zeppelin And David Letterman To Receive Kennedy Center Honors

September 12th, 2012 4:01pm EDT
Dustin Hoffman
Honors will be given out to Dustin Hoffman, Led Zeppelin, David Letterman, blues legend Buddy Guy and Russian ballerina Natalia Makarova, for their cultural contributions to the arts at this year's Kennedy Center Awards in Washington, D.C.

A formal State Department dinner and ceremony will take place December 1, where the recipients will receive their medals. Following will be a White House reception on December 2, with a performance given at the Kennedy Center - which will air on CBS December 26, at 9pm EST. A nice day after Christmas gift, don't you think!

The group will join a long lis...
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ABC Moves Jimmy Kimmel's Timeslot To Take On Jay Leno And David Letterman

August 21st, 2012 5:07pm EDT
Jimmy Kimmel
While Jay Leno deals with layoffs and pay cuts, Jimmy Kimmel will be moving up a half hour to compete against the stars of late night. ABC has moved the comedian's popular Jimmy Kimmel Live program up from 12 AM to 11:30 PM.

The new timeslot will have Kimmel up against NBC's Jay Leno and CBS' David Lettermen. Cable late night shows, which do not have to wait for local news broadcasts, start at 11 - and include stalwarts like Conan O'Brien and Jon Stewart.

The popularity of the internet and cable has cut deep into late night shows, which were once huge money makers for networks. Stars pu...
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'Game Of Thrones' Wins Big At TCA Awards

July 30th, 2012 8:53am EDT
Game of Thrones
While many people were watching Olympics coverage, there was another notable happening in the television industry over the weekend.

"Game Of Thrones" won the coveted Program of the Year prize at the 2012 Television Critics Association Awards on Saturday night in Los Angeles.

Other big show winners included "Breaking Bad" and "Downton Abbey." "Homeland" actress Claire Danes and comedian Louis C.K. won the top acting awards.

David Letterman was honored with the Career Achievement Award, and the TCA paid homage to "Cheers" by presenting the beloved series with the Heritage Award.

The winne...
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Sacha Baron Cohen Settles Legal Battle With Palestinian Grocer

July 20th, 2012 8:19am EDT
Bruno
A Palestinian grocer who sued Sacha Baron Cohen after appearing in his 2009 movie Bruno has settled his lawsuit with the comedian.

Ayman Abu Aita filed a $110 million defamation suit at Washington, D.C.'s Superior Court after a caption in the controversial film described him as "Terrorist group leader, Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade."

His case later moved to a New York court after he included TV host David Letterman in the suit for airing the clip on his talk show.

Abu Aita claimed to have suffered a "loss of reputation" and death threats after the movie's release, but lawyers for Cohen argu...
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Did David Letterman Give Away The Ending Of 'The Dark Knight Rises'?

July 14th, 2012 12:30pm EDT
Anne Hathaway and David Letterman
Anne Hathaway was the main guest on Thursday night's episode of the Late Show With David Letterman; appearing in support of her latest film, The Dark Knight Rises.

During her interview, host David Letterman revealed that he's already seen the movie - and his comments on the final installment in director Christopher Nolan's trilogy may have spoiled the ending!

Letterman told Hathaway that he was "amazed at how quickly" the two-and-a-half hour film goes by.

"What a deal this thing is," he says. "I'll tell you in all honesty. I went to the movie, and it's two hours and forty-five minutes. S...
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Conan O'Brien Talks Jay Leno With David Letterman

May 18th, 2012 11:07am EDT
Conan
It was obvious that the topic of Jay Leno would come up when Conan O'Brien stopped by David Letterman's late night show - since Leno had a part in pushing them both off of NBC.

Leno famously received Johnny Carson's time slot when the legend retired, causing Letterman to leave for CBS. A few years ago, Leno stepped down and let Conan take his show - only for Leno to un-retire and take it back. An angry Conan went on a national tour before being signed to TBS.

However, when the topic was brought up, Conan said, "I feel terrific, I really do... I'm very lucky to get to go on television and ...
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Don Rickles To Be Honored At 2012 Comedy Awards

April 3rd, 2012 4:20pm EDT
Don Rickles
Funnyman Don Rickles will be the toast of the 2012 Comedy Awards later this month after landing one of the evening's most special honors.

Rickles, who made a number of guest appearances on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show, will be handed the TV legend's namesake award for Comedic Excellence on April 28th.

An overjoyed Rickles tells BroadwayWorld.com, "I've been blessed with many highlights in my career but guesting with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show was particularly memorable for me as they were more than just appearances; they became events. Carson was Mr. Magic.

"He always made ...
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Regis Philbin Signs Off Live After 28 Years

November 18th, 2011 11:28am EST
Regis Philbin | Photo Credits: ABC
In the end, it wasn't just Regis and Kelly, or Regis and Kathie Lee ... it felt more like Regis and everybody. After some 16,000 hours in front of a television camera, Regis Philbin signed off Live! with Regis and Kelly Friday morning.

Ending a 28-year run, the "Farewell Special" began oddly ...

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Taylor Lautner Shark Dives Down Under

September 22nd, 2011 2:10pm EDT
Taylor Lautner
Twilight star Taylor Lautner conquered his worst fears recently and swam with sharks in Australia.

The actor, who was Down Under promoting his latest action film Abduction, fuelled his desire for adventure and headed to a nearby aquarium to swim, cage-free, with sharks.

He says, "Usually, when we travel, we only get to see, like, the inside of hotel rooms and I wanted to make it a point to do something exciting. And I'm terrified of sharks, so I said, 'Let's go shark diving.'"

Proudly displaying photos of himself underwater in a scuba suit with the fierce fish during an appearance on ...
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David Letterman Back At Work After Terrorist Death Threat

August 22nd, 2011 8:55pm EDT
David Letterman
Talk show host David Letterman has returned to work a week after a threat against his life was posted on a terrorist website.

The Late Show host was back behind his desk on Monday following a two-week vacation, during which a man named Umar al-Basrawi urged fellow Muslims to "cut the tongue of this lowly Jew and shut it forever" after Letterman poked fun at accused terrorist leader Ilyas Kashmiri, who was killed during a U.S. airstrike in Pakistan in June.

The threat against the TV personality, who is not Jewish, was made on Shumukh-al-Islam - a popular Internet destination for radical Mu...
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David Letterman Targeted By Al Qaeda Over Terrorist Jokes

August 17th, 2011 7:59pm EDT
David Letterman
Late night talk show host David Letterman has become the target of a terrorist death threat.

A website frequently used by members of terrorist group Al-Qaeda has posted an assassination threat against The Late Show host.

Muslims have been urged to kill the late-night presenter for making jokes about the death of accused terrorist leader Ilyas Kashmiri, who was killed during a U.S. airstrike in Pakistan in June.

Umar al-Basrawi, the man who first posted the threat, wrote: "Is there not amongst you a (terrorist) Sayyid Nosair al-Masri (may Allah release him) to cut the tongue of this lowly...
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Ashton Kutcher Is Highest Paid TV Actor, Will Make More Than 'Two And A Half Men' Costar Jon Cryer

August 11th, 2011 2:04pm EDT
Ashton Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher has joined Hugh Laurie as the highest paid actor on TV in America, according to a new magazine study.

Both stars will earn $700,000-per-episode for Two And A Half Men and House, respectively, when the two high-rated shows return to TV next month, but Kutcher also reportedly has a deal in place, where he'll profit further if his sitcom is a hit.

Kutcher is replacing fired Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men.

However, both actors' 2011/2012 TV salaries won't match Simon Cowell's package when he kicks off his new X Factor show - the study, carried out by TV Guide magazine, su...
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Ryan Gosling Lived In Yogi Bear Trailer Park Before He Got Famous

July 15th, 2011 9:10am EDT
Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling saved cash at the start of his career by moving into a trailer park.

The star made his acting debut when he was just 12 on Disney's variety show "The Mickey Mouse Club" alongside Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera.

But far from enjoying the lap of luxury, Gosling was actually living in a cramped mobile home near the series' Orlando, Florida, set.

Gosling tells talk show host David Letterman, "All the girls in my class were auditioning (for The Mickey Mouse Club), so I did too. Somehow I got on. I went (to Orlando) with my mom and we moved into a trailer...
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David Letterman's Studio Burglarized Again

July 14th, 2011 3:08pm EDT
David Letterman
David Letterman's The Late Show home at Broadway's Ed Sullivan Theater has been burglarized for the second time in a week.

James Whittemore, a struggling actor, was taken into custody on Sunday for allegedly breaking and entering the famed New York City studio, where the Beatles made their historic U.S. TV debut.

And, in the early hours of Thursday, a second intruder was arrested after he gained access to the venue's lobby by hurling a newspaper stand through the front door and causing $1,500 worth of damages.

Aspiring musician Alvin Moore, 42, was apprehended by a security guard and ...
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