With all the controversy surrounding Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien and NBC, I'm wondering who you think is among the best of the best late night talk show hosts. There's a poll where you can pick your favorite, but a list of your favorites in order of preference, who you think might make a great host, or any other commentary, is a welcome addition to your vote. Or ... just say anything you want about the late night shows.
My order of preference:
1) Craig Ferguson: he's just a natural, like Johnny Carson. He also has the Howard Stern-like talent of getting his guests to open up and talk about themselves.
2 [tie]) David Letterman: a fan of his since his late daytime talk show.
2 [tie]) Conan O'Brien: when he first replaced Letterman as host of Late Night, the critics balked, but I thought he was going to go far, and gain a cult following.
4) Jay Leno: nice guy, good interviewer, but kind of on the bland side. He and Ferguson probably have the most old-school Johnny Carson spirit, though. I didn't think his 10:00 show was that bad.
5 [tie]) Jimmy Fallon: fan of him on SNL, but still a weak interviewer. Deserving of a chance.
5 [tie]) Jimmy Kimmel: he's allright, I guess.
7) Carson Daly: too LA-centric, too much pandering to the MTV crowd. Douchebag vibe. Scab.