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Will Brian Williams Have to Choose Between Fallon and Letterman?

With just weeks to go until Jimmy Fallon takes over as the host of NBC’s “Late Night,” rival CBS host David Letterman thinks Brian Williams may never appear on his show again.

“They’ll make you go on Jimmy. You’ll never come back here. This is your last appearance,” Letterman said to Williams this week on “The Late Show.” “Do they mind you coming to see me?”

“Oh, they loathe it,” Williams joked. “But I honor my friendships. Jimmy’s just upstairs from me, I see him all the time. I would like to call myself a regular on his show, and dare I say on yours.” Watch:

Anderson Cooper Talks Dennis Rodman, Chris Christie on ‘Late Night’

During an appearance on “Late Night with David Letterman” this week, Anderson Cooper gave his take on Dennis Rodman‘s heated, drunken interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

“What was amazing about his interview he did with CNN was, he was so clearly drunk,” Cooper said. “Rarely will we say on TV, ‘I think this guy’s drunk.’ But he was so clearly the drunk guy in the bar.”

Cooper also discussed the Chris Christie bridge scandal, which dominated political headlines this week. Watch:

David Letterman Previews Bill O’Reilly’s ‘New Book’

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was on CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” last night. The government shutdown took up most of the conversation, but Letterman also asked O’Reilly about his book, and revealed what his next book should be: “Killing Time,” a history of the “Late Show” putting people to sleep.

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They also talked about the Washington Redskins, and whether the team should change its name.

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Brian Williams Does an Excellent Regis Impression

“NBC Nightly News” anchor and resident television news funnyman Brian Williams was on “The Late Show with David Letterman” Thursday night. Williams broke out a spot-on impression of Fox Sports 1 host Regis Philbin, who he referred to as “America’s pre-existing condition,” for the occasion.

“If you can find pound-for-pound a better entertainment value than that very compact man — we got a little booster seat for him, and we spent about half of the dinner talking about our mutual love for you,” Williams told Letterman. Watch:

After the jump, Williams talks about his knee replacement surgery. Read more

Jesse Watters Gets Meta: Interviews Letterman Audience After O’Reilly Appearance

Fox News “O’Reilly Factor” producer Jesse Watters presented one of his trademark “man on the street” segments on the program last night.

Watters decided to get meta, asking audience members of CBS’ “The Late Show with David Letterman” how his boss Bill O’Reilly did on the program, after he appeared earlier this week.

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Bill O’Reilly Talks Father’s Day, JFK

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly talks to the AP about adapting his many books for TV.

“Killing Lincoln: was a hit for Nat Geo, and now “Killing Kennedy” is in production. O’Reilly is an executive producer of the TV adaptations, but he emphasizes that he doesn’t get in the way:

“I’m a creative guy and I don’t like meddling in my writing or my broadcasting,” O’Reilly said. “They run stuff by me but I’m a 90-percenter … they know what they’re doing. It’s a successful machine, so why do I want to muck it up? … They can take a little bit of a creative liberty to move the narrative, but they can’t change the facts. And it’s as simple as that.”

O’Reilly also appeared on CBS’ “The Late Show” for Father’s Day. He and David Letterman talked about their young kids, who are the same age (h/t Johnny $).

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Brian Williams Doesn’t Blink When asked about ‘Today,’ ‘Tonight’ Changes

NBC Newsman Brian Williams went on “Late Show with David Letterman” last night and, right out of the gate, Letterman asked him the news about the news at NBC, both the “Today” show and the “Tonight Show.” Williams didn’t blink, even when Dave asked him after a long recap of the news: “If I’m on to something, blink twice.” Williams didn’t. (Clip after the jump)

Letterman moved on congratulating Williams on his 20 years at NBC News, calling him, “the heart and soul of America’s most-watched regular nightly news program.”

Later, Letterman asked about Williams being on a list of those who could take over hosting “Jeopardy!” when and if Alex Trebek retires. “While it is true that my legal representative got a call from Herb Schmendrick at Sony Studios to say ‘would he ever be interested we would love to have him.’ I answered in the form of a question ‘Who is Herb Schmendrick?’”

Williams said it’s become a family joke: “Oh, that will be when dad’s the host of ‘Jeopardy.’”

And when asked if he’d ever consider doing late night comedy, Williams said he’s “more wired for what I’m doing,” but added, “I’m not sure I’d never leave the venue of news. It chews people up and spits people out. It’s a young man’s game and any other cliches you want to pile on there.

When I go I’m just going to go. I’ll be at the Jersey Shore on a P.O. Box. But I’m not going to stay on it forever.”

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John Harbaugh Making The Rounds, Including His Favorite Morning Show

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is making the TV rounds after leading his team to a Super Bowl championship last night.

Obviously CBS had the scoop last night during the post-game coverage, but the Harbaugh interview tour continues today. The Ravens coach appeared on “CBS This Morning” and on “Today.” One network had the rights to the Big Game, while the other had the morning show that Harbaugh and his wife watch at home:

“We were watching your show on TV this morning in the room, you guys do a great job, we love your show,” he told Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist.

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Harbaugh will be appearing on CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” Thursday. His “CTM” interview is after the jump.

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Letterman’s Top 10 Changes Coming To CNN

From last night’s “Late Night with David Letterman,” the top 10 changes coming to CNN. The full list in print form is after the jump.

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Al Gore To Make TV Rounds To Promote Book That Trashes TV News

Former Vice President Al Gore, who sold Current TV to Al Jazeera a few weeks back, is about to make a round of TV appearances. The appearances are ostensibly tied to the release of his new book The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change, but viewers should expect the Current TV sale to play a big part in the conversations.

Gore is currently slated to appear on NBC’s “Today” and CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman“ on Tuesday, and “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart Wednesday.

The appearances are particularly interesting, as Gore trashes television news in the book, as noted by New York Times book reviewer Michiko Kakutani.

He also complains that “virtually every news and political commentary program on television is sponsored in part by oil, coal and gas companies — not just during campaign seasons, but all the time, year in and year out — with messages designed to sooth and reassure the audience that everything is fine, the global environment is not threatened, and the carbon companies are working diligently to further develop renewable energy sources.”

Such remarks serve to remind the reader of a business deal Mr. Gore recently made that has ignited charges of hypocrisy and greed: selling Current TV (a channel he helped to found in 2005) for an estimated $500 million to Al Jazeera, the influential Arab news giant, which is financed by the government of oil- and gas-rich Qatar. Mr. Gore, who will reportedly make about $100 million from the deal, describes Al Jazeera in this book as “feisty and relatively independent.”

(h/t Brian Stelter on the Times review)

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