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Watch Conan O’Brien Take the ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge

It might be the best one yet

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Conan O’Brien is the latest high-profile star to take on the ALS ice-bucket challenge — and outdoes everyone in the process. That’s because he seemed to have misunderstood the whole point of the ALS campaign.

“Apparently if I get ice water poured on my head, ALS will then pay me $100. That’s a pretty sweet deal,” said O’Brien as he looked into the camera.

In the video featured on Thursday night’s episode of Conan, the late-night host stood in a black T-shirt and gray shorts as a staff member poured the ice-cold water onto his head.

“Whoa! Wow that was cold!” gasped O’Brien. Someone off-camera then explained that he had to donate money in addition to completing the challenge. He jokingly fired back: “I pay? Why would I do both?!”

O’Brien, of course, did end up donating to ALS. But not before he revealed a hilarious trick of his own. Watch the video to find out.

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Chelsea Handler’s Late Night Show to End in August

Chelsea Handler at the amfAR Inspiration Gala on Dec. 12, 2013 in Los Angeles.
Chelsea Handler at the amfAR Inspiration Gala on Dec. 12, 2013 in Los Angeles. Dan Steinberg—Invision/AP

Chelsea Lately will finish its seven-year run on E! on August 26, a few months before Handler planned to leave the network

Chelsea Handler is finally getting her wish — sort of. After months of speculation and complaints from the star herself, E! announced Wednesday that comedian Handler’s night-time talk show, Chelsea Lately, will finish its seven-year run with a live finale on August 26. A special month-long run-up to the last show will look back on the show’s most memorable moments.

“I myself am more surprised than anyone that I was able to hold down a job for seven years, and it was a fantastic seven years,” Handler said in a statement. “I will always look back at my time on E! as most people look back at their time in college. I’m glad I went.​”

Handler’s manager told The Hollywood Reporter in March that she intended to leave the network — which she called “a sad, sad place to live” during a recent Howard Stern interview — when her contract was up at the end of the year.

The show’s ratings haven’t been the same lately: her audience declined 32 percent between 2010, the year before her most recent contract negotiation, and last year, Deadline reports.

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Stephen Colbert: A Video Primer

Can you tell where the character ends and the real Colbert begins?

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Long before he was tapped to replace David Letterman on CBS’s “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert was making his mark on late night television. From his “reporting” on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” to his own “The Colbert Report,” to black-tie events, rallies and animated movies, the one time actor and comedy writer who pronounces his surname with a silent “t” has become synonymous with no-holds-barred, politically-charged satire, at all hours of the day.

ICYMI, here’s a handy compilation of some of Colbert’s most memorable TV moments from the past 12 years.

 

 

 

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Colbert on Replacing Letterman: ‘I Do Not Envy Whoever They Put in That Chair’

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Stephen Colbert and David Letterman during a taping of The Late Show in 2012. John Paul Filo—CBS/Getty Images

The satirical late-night host is due to break character to succeed David Letterman, who's retiring next year, but not before he jokes about how hard it will be. "Those are some huge shoes to fill," he said of Letterman's role, "and some really big pants"

Stephen Colbert praised David Letterman during the opening of his show Thursday, calling the man he’ll replace as Late Show host someone who “has influenced every host who came after him and even a few who came before him.”

“This man,” Colbert said. “He’s that good.

“I do not envy whoever they try to put in that chair,” Colbert added during The Colbert Report, which he’s leaving next year to succeed the retiring Letterman at CBS. “Those are some huge shoes to fill. And some really big pants.”

Colbert went on to praise Letterman’s run as a late night host, which he said spanned his “entire adult life.”

“Late night premiered my freshman year of college. I learned more from Dave than I did from going to my classes,” Colbert said. “Especially the ones I did not go to because I had stayed up until 1:30 watching Dave.”

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Stephen Colbert To Succeed David Letterman

Stephen Colbert during the "Been There: Won That: The Returnification of the American-Do Troopscapeon" special of The Colbert Report on Sept. 8, 2010 in New York City.
Stephen Colbert during the "Been There: Won That: The Returnification of the American-Do Troopscapeon" special of The Colbert Report on Sept. 8, 2010 in New York City. Scott Gries—Picturegroup/Comedy Central

The Comedy Central host who plays a conservative pundit will drop the character when he takes the reins from late-night legend David Letterman, who recently announced his plans to retire, CBS announced on Thursday

Stephen Colbert will take over as host of the Late Show when David Letterman retires, CBS announced Thursday.

Colbert, the host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report since 2005, was rumored to be CBS’s top choice to replace its iconic late night host. Letterman said last week on his show that he will retire in 2015, ending more than three decades in late night.

“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves said in a statement. “David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night.”

Colbert’s ascension will mark a touchstone for his career, which first gained traction while he was a contributor on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and then exploded when he got his own show following Stewart’s.

“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” Colbert said in a statement. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.

“I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me,” Colbert said, before adding a playful dig at Letterman’s teeth: “Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.”

As Late Show host, Colbert will drop the caricature of a conservative pundit he has played to great effect at Comedy Central. Colbert has become known for almost never breaking character in public.

“I won’t be doing the new show in character, so we’ll all get to find out how much of him was me,” Colbert told ABC. “I’m looking forward to it.”

CBS said the producers and the location of the new Late Show have not yet been determined. The network said a premiere date for the show will be determined after Letterman decides when his last show will be.

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David Letterman Will Retire from Late Show in 2015

Late night icon made announcement during taping of Thursday's show

David Letterman plans to retire from the Late Show on CBS in 2015, the host announced during a taping of his show on Thursday, CNN’s Brian Stelter reported via Twitter. Mike Mills, the bassist for REM—the musical guest on the show Thursday—broke the news on Twitter.

According to a statement, Letterman said that he had informed President and CEO of CBS Corporation Leslie Moonves that he will step down as his contract expires:

The man who owns this network, Leslie Moonves, he and I have had a relationship for years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance. And I phoned him just before the program, and I said “Leslie, it’s been great, you’ve been great, and the network has been great, but I’m retiring.”

During a standing ovation by the audience at the Ed Sullivan theater, he added: “We don’t have a timetable for this precisely down — I think it will be at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future, 2015 for the love of God, in fact, Paul and I will be wrapping things up,”

Letterman has been a late night broadcaster for more than 32 years. He has recorded almost 6,000 episodes. He was the first host of Late Night at NBC beginning in 1982. He moved to the Late Show at CBS in 1993 and has been there since. The Late Show has won eight Emmys and been nominated for 108 during his tenure. It also received a Peabody.

Other late night hosts, celebs and journalists have already responded to the announcement:

Others on Twitter are speculating that Jay Leno will take his spot. Letterman outlasted Leno for the title of longest-serving late night host in history.

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