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The reality is that all of these shows are bad and ill-fitted for the modern world. CBS & NBC would have done well to just let their respective shows die when Leno & Letterman left, and instead changed to a 30-minute format followed by Seinfeld, NCIS, & Law and Order reruns (which would pull better ratings for less money!).

When Fallon & Colbert were hired I said, “these are the right guys to do a show, but that show is not the Tonight Show or the Late Show.” Even when Fallon was “killing it” and now that Colbert is “surging” those sentiments remain true, they all need reworking, and even if you can find ratings with a Trumpian pivot or a few viral videos, those are just delaying the inevitable.

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