We’ve seen many beloved hosts come and go, move around, and trade places… mostly with each other. The transitions ranged from public beefs like Jay Leno and David Letterman to supportive hugs between Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers, and who can forget Jay and Jimmy humorously passing the torch with their West Side Story spoof duet “Tonight, Tonight.” No matter how they went out or arrived, these funny men and women (represent, Chelsea Handler!) give us nightly laughs wind down with and an excuse to stay up late, eating a whole pack of ring dings (it doesn’t count if it’s that late, amiright?).
In honor of recent and major changes in late night — Stephen Colbert’s new role as the host of The Late Show as Letterman retires and Jimmy Fallon stepping up for Jay Leno on The Tonight Show — we remember some of the most iconic moments these leading men and women have brought us over the past decade.
10. Seth Meyers The Kanye West Interview (2014)
Taking a huge leap from the SNL to the Late Night stage, Seth Meyers has only been a host for a few short months, but we give him major props for interviewing arguably the biggest ball buster in entertainment on only his second night. Meyers didn’t let the infamous tough and (overly) serious exterior of Kanye West get to him and even cracked some jokes about the artist. When commenting on West’s recent return to the studio after the birth of his baby girl, North, Meyers asked: “Are you the new Wiggles?” He even got Kanye to smile! Bravo! Kanye’s awesome performance of his greatest hits medley sealed the deal.
9. Craig Ferguson CAN CAN Dancing (2011)
When in Paris…or LA! Craig Ferguson was so excited about naked ladies who danced at the famous Moulin Rouge after his Paris visit, that he had them open an episode of The Late Late Show when they were in the states…Yes, they were clothed! Ferguson you dirty little man! We love you for it.