Top 10 Candidates for David Letterman’s Desk Job

After 30 years, Letterman's planning to go to bed early once he retires in 2015. Who should pick up the microphone?

By Andy Simmons and Brandon Specktor
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    So, Dave is retiring.

    It’ll be tough to replace those gap teeth, but here are a few people who might be able to pull it off …

    Paul Shaffer

    He’s already on the set—he just has to move his chair over.

    Jay Leno

    With no late-night gig right now, CBS might even be able to get him for cheap.

    Jimmy Fallon

    OK, he's got The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. But Fallon seems like he'd be up for zipping crosstown to do both.

    Rob Ford

    From what we understand the Toronto mayor is used to working on videotape.

    Jerry Seinfeld

    Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee proves he's an able talk-show host. Plus he'd probably be willing to go the extra mile and pick up his guests.

    Andy Kaufman

    Responsible for some of the most memorable scenes in Letterman history, Kaufman helped shape the show’s edgy tone. Only downside? He’s dead.

    Guinness and Stella

    Everyone loves pets! These dachshunds have a chemistry that rivals Letterman and Shaffer's. Downside: They’re not allowed on the couch.

    Dave's Mom

    The original source of Letterman humor.

    Tina Fey

    Only if they move the show to 30 Rock.

    ...David Letterman

    Of course, we could always ask him to stay.

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