Every Top 10 List Starts Somewhere

By Jay Sedmak
SNPJ Publications Editor/Manager

Since last week when David Letterman announced that he would be retiring as the host of CBS’s “The Late Show” sometime in 2015, the media had been speculating over whom would best serve as his replacement. The answer came just yesterday when CBS revealed that Stephen Colbert, the host of “The Colbert Report,” currently airing on Comedy Central, would fill “The Late Show” seat upon Letterman’s departure.

Letterman was quick to applaud the CBS announcement, though in typical comedic fashion: “I’m very excited for [Stephen Colbert], and I’m flattered that CBS chose him. I also happen to know they wanted another guy with glasses.”

Not to be outmaneuvered by the late night icon, Colbert followed suit: “Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career. 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. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.” Talk about not missing a beat...

While picking through a series of articles covering “The Late Show” drama, I ran across the very first of David Letterman’s “Top 10 Lists.” So without further adieu, from the fall of 1985, “Top 10 Words That Almost Rhyme With ‘Peas.’ ” (Hey, Dave, I also think you’ve got a pretty good list there...)


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