CBS Denies That They’re in Talks with Chelsea Handler to Take Over ‘Late Late Show’
Despite the rumors, CBS is not in talks to have Chelsea Handler take over The Late Late Show for Craig Ferguson. Last week, The Wrap reported that Handler has been in negotiations for the job and last night, Handler posted a photo to Instagram of herself with a stack of papers with the CBS logo on one with the caption “Business meeting.” CBS told Splitsider in a statement, “There are no discussions with Chelsea Handler regarding the network’s 12:30 late night broadcast. Her meeting with CBS yesterday was a general meeting with our syndication group.”
Handler announced last month that she’s leaving her long-running E! late night show Chelsea Lately at the end of the year. A few days later, David Letterman announced he was retiring from CBS and Stephen Colbert was subsequently named his replacement. There’s no word on whether Craig Ferguson is staying at his post at The Late Late Show once his contract is up this year, but it’s possible that he and CBS will part ways timed to the Letterman/Colbert transition.