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Report: Cable Host in Talks With CBS for Late-Night Program TheWrap

The host of a current late-night talk show is reportedly in discussions with CBS about a late-night show. TheWrap.com reports that Chelsea Handler, who recently announced she’s leaving E! when her contract expires at year end, is in talks with the network.

Handler was in talks with CBS before David Letterman announced his retirement, the piece reports. CBS had reached out to the comedian to talk about hosting a syndicated show, although Handler reportedly isn’t interested in that format.

Instead, CBS has reportedly been talking with Handler about taking on the 12:30 a.m. slot, now filled by Craig Ferguson. But with Letterman’s announcement that he’s stepping down, Handler is now eyeing the earlier “Late Show” spot, the piece reports.

“Either time slot would make her the first woman to host a late-night broadcast show since Cynthia Garrett hosted NBC's “Later” from 2000-2001,” the story notes.

The discussions suggest that CBS is thinking about replacing Ferguson, although the “Late, Late Show” host also reportedly has right of first refusal for Letterman’s job. Ferguson’s show has been losing ground to NBC’s “Late Night” recently, the story adds, and CBS may not want him him in Letterman’s spot.

CBS declined to comment.

Handler has also been approached by CNN chief Jeff Zucker, who is interested in a role for her on CNN or HLN, and by FX, the piece adds.

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