Kings of late night: W. Kamau Bell on the familiar face of nighttime TV
There's been a lot of changes to the late-night TV landscape this year. David Letterman is handing The Late Show over to noted satirist Stephen Colbert, and Craig Ferguson is passing The Late Late Show torch to rising British actor James Corden.
As cultural observers have noted: this means all nine of the biggest late night talk shows are hosted by white men.
Socially conscious stand-up comic and former talk show host W. Kamau Bell sees the situation as a missed opportunity. With talented personalities like Aisha Tyler, Tina Fey, Wayne Brady, Margaret Cho on the scene, he argues that the status quo need not hold.
"I'm not sitting here trying to go,'I demand a diverse host be hired on late night. That's ridiculous, that doesn't do anything for me. (Unless it's me ... I really want that job)," he laughs.
"I'm saying let's just notice that this is the case, and how should we deal with this?"