A couple months ago, the NBC late-night talk show landscape was altered dramatically. Jay Leno retired back in February, leaving Jimmy Fallon to take over The Tonight Show. Then Saturday Night Live alum Seth Meyers took over Fallon's former hosting position on Late Night. In the weeks following, it looked like things were calming down on late-night shake up front.
Well, folks, that's not the case. In fact, the epidemic of departure has spread to CBS. On the Thursday night broadcast of the Late Show with David Letterman, David Letterman broke the bombshell news that he plans to retire soon. People Magazine reports that Letterman's director only broke the news to the staff moments before he announced it to the cameras. Reportedly, many staff members were in tears as the host shared the announcement.
Interestingly, Letterman, 66, led the revelation of his retirement with a humorous story about a fishing trip with his young son. Indeed, he emphasized spending time with his family as a primary motivation for his decision. He made it clear, though, that there is not an exact timeline for his departure from his late-night post. It will occur "sometime in the not-too-distant future 2015," he said.
Letterman has been a staple of late-night television for over three decades. He began hosting the Late Show back in 1993, but previously hosted Late Night for 11 years. In 1992, when Johnny Carson retired from the The Tonight Show, fans expected Letterman to take over. However, NBC gave that position to Jay Leno and Letterman was then given his own Late Show on CBS. In addition, Letterman owns the production company Worldwide Pants Inc. It has produced primetime comedies like Everybody Loves Raymond in addition to producing The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (which airs in the timeslot following Letterman's show).
Now, media outlets are speculating about who will replace the television veteran, throwing around names like Ferguson, Stephen Colbert, Chelsea Handler and Ellen DeGeneres. One thing's for sure-Letterman's own brand of dry, sardonic humor will certainly be inimitable.
Moving on from late-night chaos, on Friday Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies re-arrested a man who was arrested the previous Sunday on suspicion of trespassing in Selena Gomez's Calabasas, Calif. home. Che Cruz, 20, admitted on Wednesday to trespassing and was sentenced to 45 days in jail and ordered to stay away from Gomez. Yet, he apparently returned to the vicinity of Gomez's house, leading to his second arrest on Friday. The Associated Press reports that Cruz's jail records show that Friday's arrest just eight hours after he was released from an only seven-day stint in jail for the trespassing case.
In other news-news I know all you pop-culturites were just so eager to hear-former Jersey Shore star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi announced on Friday that she is pregnant with her second child with fianc?(c) Jionni LaValle. She revealed in a blog post on her website that she is due this fall. Snooki, 26, and LaValle, 26, were engaged in 2012 and are parents to 19-month-old son Lorenzo Dominic. Reportedly, the couple's wedding is still on for this upcoming fall as well.
That's your pop-culture news for this week, Brandeis!