Amy Sedaris, D.L. Hughley are among ''Late Late Show'' guest hosts. ''Ed'''s Michael Ian Black and sportscaster Jim Rome are just a few of those filling Craig Kilborn's vacated chair

By Gary Susman
August 31, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

Who’ll replace Craig Kilborn as the host of CBS’ ”The Late Late Show”? CBS has yet to pick a permanent replacement, but it has announced four guest hosts to fill in for awhile. They are comic actress/writer Amy Sedaris, of ”Strangers With Candy” fame; D.L. Hughley, known for his sitcom ”The Hughleys” and his stand-up performances as one of the Original Kings of Comedy; ”Ed” costar and former ”Viva Variety” and ”The State” regular Michael Ian Black; and ESPN sportscaster Jim Rome. They’ll start sitting in Kilborn’s old chair on Sept. 20, though it’s not yet clear how long of a turn each will take, what order their rotation will take, or when CBS will announce a permanent new host.

Kilborn, whose final show aired on Friday, left the post-David Letterman slot after five years, citing a desire to try something new (he says he has ideas for a couple of sitcoms he’d like to produce). As for whether any of the guest hosts are being groomed to replace Kilborn, some pundits are betting on Sedaris, who’s a favorite guest of Letterman’s (he’s also the producer of ”The Late Late Show,” and he’s co-producing Sedaris’ film version of ”Strangers With Candy”). On the other hand, Rome has the background most similar to that of Kilborn, who also was an ESPN talking head before serving as the inaugural host of Comedy Central’s ”The Daily Show,” which led to his CBS gig. Let the auditioning begin.

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