What a 'Late Show' with Ellen would have looked like
April 10th, 2014
04:31 PM ET

What a 'Late Show' with Ellen would have looked like

Both Ellen DeGeneres and Stephen Colbert were considered possible replacements for David Letterman after he announced he's retiring from "The Late Show" next year.

With Colbert landing the job DeGeneres is officially out of the running, but thankfully, she wasn't gunning for it anyway.

On Thursday's episode of her talk show "Ellen," she admits that she's happiest in daytime.

"I heard a rumor that one of the people being considered to take over 'The Late Show' is me," she tells her audience. "I am flattered, but I really love doing my daytime show. Nighttime is very different, there's a lot of political humor, which I don't do."

But since she believes that you don't know if you're good at something until you try it, DeGeneres gave her own spin on how her version of "The Late Show" would look (complete with jazzy intro music!):

If DeGeneres were to transition to late night, you could expect her monologues to include jokes about her sexuality - "thank you, ladies and gentlemen! I haven't had that much trouble coming out since 1996" - attempted jabs at what's going on in the news - "There's so much happening in politics right now ... Europe. Asia. Um, Hillary Clinton, am I right?" - and a "Top 11" list that's just a ranking of her pets.

"I'll stick to daytime for now," she says after her test run. "I would like to say to David Letterman, you are an incredibly brilliant and clever man. I've been a fan, I've loved watching you, you've made us happy for over 30 years."

And now, as Letterman prepares to step down, it's Colbert's turn.


Filed under: Celebrities • Late Night comedy • television

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