Last night host David Letterman closed the curtains to his long-standing career over at The Late Show. As usual he ran down his Top Ten list of things. With it being the last one, several special guest stopped by including Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin and Bill Murray. When it came down to Chris’s moment to speak on “Top Ten Things I’ve Always Wanted To Say To Dave”, he ended taking a light jab at Dave’s replacement being another white host.”I’m just glad your show is being given to another white guy,” Chris sarcastically suggested. Dave then followed up by saying, “You know, I had nothing to do with that.” Moments before the last episode aired, Chris had a few people convinced that he was replacing Dave after sharing a picture of himself sitting at Letterman’s desk. For year’s there have been talks on the want to see more black late night host. Just last year, W. Kamau Bell who had a talk show executive produced by Chris on FX, penned an open letter on the need of a black late night host.
“Don’t get me wrong. I’m super excited to see what Stephen Colbert does with The Late Show,” he wrote.”He’s unquestionably a comedy genius. But you can’t tell me that Wayne Brady wouldn’t do as good a job as Jimmy Fallon.” – W. Kamau Bell
Even while watching last night’s episode, Chicago stand-up comedian Damon Williams put the focus on the lack of black perspectives on late night. Damon went on his Twitter to point out that Dave didn’t have a single black writer on his staff, as the finale aired.
Watching the final show of #DavidLetterman he shared a behind the scenes look at the show Not one black person in the writers room
— Damon Williams (@DamonWilliam) May 21, 2015
As for now, color on late night talk shows are limited but with the recent emergence of series like Empire & Black-ish, don’t be surprised if we do see Chris on late night soon.