Late Night Free-for-All

In the so-called "good ol' days," there used to only be one undisputed King of Late Night Television, and his name was Johnny Carson.  Any rapscallions who dared attempt to usurp his mighty throne were doomed to failure. The gutters of late night were littered with their beaten carcasses -- Chevy Chase, Pat Sajak, Joan Rivers, and others. Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a bit, but not by much.  Carson's Tonight Show ruled the airwaves.  Then it became a battle between Jay Leno and David Letterman, but now it's a wide-open battlefield!

Conan O'Brien is on TBS after the NBC brass backstabbed him, ABC booted its Nightline news series to make way for Jimmy Kimmel. Arsenio Hall is returning. Jon Stewart will be taking a hiatus from his Daily Show during the summer to work on a movie, so John Oliver will take his place for a while.

There is plenty of competition all around, on practically every network across every late night time slot -- Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Handler, Carson Daly, Kathy Griffin, Joy Behar, Bill Maher, Jenny McCarthy, and anyone else who can handle hosting a talk show.

Each seem to have a loyal following and some piece of the success-pie. Who is your favorite? Will we ever reach a point when one lone host earns sole possession of the Late Night Crown again?

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