It’s been less than 24 hours since David Letterman announced his retirement from late night television. While it’s an iconic moment from a true television icon and we should respect that, it’s at the same time the perfect chance to think who could potentially replace his seat. The late night landscape has changed a lot this last year, Letterman represents the last of the “old guard.” While it’s perfectly natural for these moves to happen, it can’t be denied that the competition of Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon, who not only skew younger, but have really helped capitalize on the social/internet aspect of late night. Once Fallon took over The Tonight Show and his ratings boomed, Letterman all of a sudden appeared old and unhip; two descriptions he’s never been labeled. Leno was that guy, that safe bet, Letterman was edgy and was cool. While it can only be rumored that these factors played any part in Letterman’s decision, it’s still his time and he’s still the king.
Here’s a list of people we think would be worthy successors to his throne.