Monday’s announcement that Craig Ferguson will be leaving CBS’s “Late Late Show” continues the great Late Night Television Change-Up of 2014, which has so far seen the addition of Seth Meyers, John Oliver, the promotion of Jimmy Fallon, and announced departures of David Letterman and Chelsea Handler. Every single time, the media has suggested the same handful of people for the role — this time is no different, with critics begging for a new face like Aisha Tyler, Amy Schumer, or Neil Patrick Harris to take the spot.
But a Twitter campaign is demanding a name not previously thrown in the hat: Norm Macdonald. And judging by his feed, he’s into it. Macdonald, like Meyers and Fallon, comes from “SNL’s” “Weekend Update” desk and does seems primed for the role. In 2011, he briefly hosted the “Sports Show” on Comedy Central and launched his own web series two years later. He could also channel his beloved “SNL” character Turd Ferguson, or turn the tables and interview David Letterman. Twitter fans and comedians (and a lot of dudes) urged support for Macdonald with #LateLateNormNorm, urging CBS to hire the comic:
Still, hiring Macdonald would be more of the same for late night television. CBS has a rare opportunity to embrace diversity and bring a woman (and/or!) person of color to the show — let’s hope they take it.