Who Will Replace David Letterman? Our Top 5 Picks

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When David Letterman announced he’d be retiring in 2015 yesterday, the Internet shed a collective tear, and then immediately started buzzing about who would take his place as CBS’ future Late Show host. While many of the names bandied about are already talk show hosts, a few names thrown into the mix are a bit surprising (and refreshing), albeit somewhat unlikely.

Celebuzz decided to rank our top picks to be Dave’s successor.

5. Craig Ferguson: Another Old Guy

A veteran of late night, Scotland-born Ferguson has quietly been building up a loyal fan base for 10 years on CBS’ The Late Late Show. Ferguson seems to be the safe, if somewhat boring choice for the network.

4. Conan O’Brien: The Guy It Should Have Been a Few Years Ago

After a brief and hellish stint as The Tonight Show host in 2009-2010, Team Coco found a loving and stable home on TBS. Conan has been extended through November 2015, so a move to CBS could be a real possibility and probably a great move for the network and O’Brien.

3. Neil Patrick Harris: The Long Shot

So, this seems a little out of left field, but is there a show NPH can’t host?! Harris, whose long-running CBS (!) sitcom How I met Your Mother just ended after a successful nine-year run, is currently starring in Hedwig and The Angry Inch on Broadway, but once that’s over … well, let’s just say the father-of-twins seems up for anything.

2. Stephen Colbert: The Guy That Could Give the Jimmys a Run for Their Money

Full disclaimer: The Colbert Report is probably my favorite show on the air right now.  Colbert’s Bill O’Reilly send-up simply never gets old. Colbert, whose half-hour Comedy Central show is a spin-off of the legendary The Daily Show, is the person who could actually keep up with the stiff late night competition right now.

1. Amy Schumer: The Guy That’s a Lady

Another full disclaimer: I have only seen snippets of Comedy Central’s hit show Inside Amy Schumer, which stars Schumer playing “heightened versions” of herself. The show’s second season premiered on April 1st. But hey, isn’t it time to have a woman get into the late night game? Sorry, Chelsea Handler. We’re talking the Big Three television networks here. We don’t really know if Amy could pull it off, but we’d certainly like to see her try.

What do you think? Who should replace Dave Letterman when he retires?