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With Kilborn out, CBS turns to guest hosts

September 03, 2004|by Zap2it.com

Comedians D.L. Hughley and Amy Sedaris are among those who will guest-host "The Late Late Show" while CBS and producer Worldwide Pants search for a permanent replacement for Craig Kilborn.

Michael Ian Black and ESPN/sports radio host Jim Rome will also take turns as host of the late-night show, the Hollywood trade papers report. "The Late Late Show" is currently in reruns; new episodes are scheduled to begin Sept. 20.

Sedaris, the star of Comedy Central's "Strangers with Candy" and an upcoming feature film based on the show, frequently has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Kilborn because of her connection to "Late Show" host and Worldwide Pants principal David Letterman. She's been a guest on Letterman's show several times, and both the "Strangers" series and film are Worldwide Pants productions.

The company produced the NBC series "Ed," which co-starred Black. The actor is also known for his commentary on VH1's "I Love the ..." shows.

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Hughley, one of the "Original Kings of Comedy," appeared in the feature film "Soul Plane" earlier this year. He created and starred in the ABC/UPN series "The Hughleys" and has hosted Comedy Central's "Premium Blend."

Rome's sports-talk radio show is one of most popular in the country, airing on close to 200 stations. He hosts a weekly talk show on ESPN called "Jim Rome Is Burning."

Kilborn's five-year tenure on "The Late Late Show" ended last week after he opted not to seek a renewal of his contract.

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