The rumor mill is buzzing about the possibility of Joel McHale taking over as host of the Late Late Show once Craig Ferguson departs in December.
CBS head honcho Les Moonves didn’t really allude to anything while he led the CBS upfront presentation in NYC, rather the focus was on David Letterman as it was probably his final upfront for the eye network. But it was Moonves’ wife and CBS news anchor, Julie Chen who tweeted a photo of her, her husband, and McHale hanging the night before at the upfront dinner.
This was amplified when Norm Mcdonald put out a tweet congratulating McHale on getting the job and used it to jokingly amplify his Twitter campaign to make himself the host.
— Julie Chen (@JulieChen) May 14, 2014
Add on the appearance of Neil Patrick Harris on The Howard Stern Show, another rumored host. Harris stated that he was approached at one point but wasn’t too into the idea as he’d be bored by the repetition.
So, McHale, Harris, and Chelsea Handler seem to be the big names tossed around in the media. This all forced Moonves to address the questions during a sit-down with Bloomberg Television today.
Moonves stated that Harris’ claims weren’t “exactly true.” Describing the situation that he’s close with NPH and after his nearly decade run on How I Met Your Mother they had a conversation about his future, but in a much broader sense – did Harris want to run a new series? Did he want to host a late night show? He wasn’t offered the show per se but they’d try to figure out what his plans would be with CBS in the future.
When is came to McHale, Moonves stated that he hadn’t previously met but stated that McHale was a “wonderful talent and they’d love to have him at CBS in some way but there was no discussion about 12:30.”
Moonves was equally dismissive of Handler stating similarly that she’s incredibly talented but there’s nothing official with her either.
In a nutshell, if something has been decided, CBS is keeping mum until at least after the upfronts to declare their intentions.
Here’s the full Bloomberg interview with Moonves.