Who Should Replace David Letterman on the Late Show?

During the taping for tonight’s Late Show, David Letterman announced that he will be retiring in 2015 after 22 years on CBS. So soon after Jay Leno’s departure from the Tonight Show and with the late night ratings race more interesting than it’s been in years, the big question now is who CBS will tap to replace the current elder statesman of late night.

Since Jimmy Fallon took over for Leno he has roundly beat both Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel in the ratings week after week. The most troubling news for the aging Letterman is he descent to third place in the coveted 18-49 demo, which may explain his recent embrace of social media. If CBS wants to attract more young viewers to the show, it seems likely that they will pick someone in the Jimmys’ age bracket, though given its prime time programming, the network clearly has no problem focusing on an older crowd.

Below is a look at some of the likely candidates to take over for Letterman when he leaves the show next year, along with some longer-shot wild cards. Let us know who you think would be best by taking the poll and commenting below.

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