Viewers Wanted Tina Fey, Not Colbert, for Late Show

Last week CBS dropped a bomb on us when it announced out of the blue that Stephen Colbert will take over for David Letterman when he leaves the Late Show in 2015. Not a terrible choice (though we will miss our Colbert Report), but, if you believe a new set of stats from Keyhole, he wouldn’t have been the first choice of viewers. They wanted Tina Fey.

Keyhole, which collects data through #hashtag tracking, came up with these nifty charts showing how overwhelmingly more popular Fey was for the job. The first is a comment cloud:

commentcloud tina fey colbert

Keyhole also put together this easier-to-read bar graph, which pretty much drives the point home:

barchart tina fey colbert

Pretty solid results — if you trust hashtag polls. And we’ve decided we do on this one.

Source: FanSided

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  • Johnny Domino

    That was really never going to happen. Too close to Fallon, NBC and Lorne Michaels.

  • Turk502

    Yeah, but did anyone ask if Tina Fey WANTED to do it? She has two young children, a $45 million net worth, and her choice of doing just about any project she wants. Would you want to have the daily pain in the ass that is putting together a show four nights a week when you could instead pop out a movie once a year, work on whatever pet project you want, host the Golden Globes or Oscars occasionally and still have everyone love you while those syndication checks keep rolling in?

  • RightsTough

    Colbert is a poor choice.