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NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles) –  It’s been a while since America has seen a black late-night show host in the person of Arsenio Hall (late 1980’s to mid 1990’s).

White male comedians and talk show hosts have dominated late nights on the boob tube.  But are they now a dying breed in America? Apparently so. They’re all retiring or moving on to something new — the likes of David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.  And the television networks are having a very hard time finding their replacements who are, well — male and white.

On Monday, Comedy Central announced that Trevor Noah, a biracial South African  will replace Jon Stewart as the new host of “The Daily Show” when the latter steps down later this year.

One can just imagine the shock with which White America learned of Stewart’s replacement. “Comedy Central is going nuts,” said one late-night TV redneck fan. “How dare they put someone on late night TV who looks like just 13% of the population?”

“He’s not even an American,” quipped another talk show enthusiast from Texas. (Nevermind that talk show hosts Craig Ferguson is Scottish and both James Cordon and John Oliver are Brits).

Noah, left, and Wilmore

Noah will become the second black late-night show host when he takes over ‘The Daily Show,’ joining Larry Wilmore, who is also black, host of ‘The Nightly Show.’

As the British like to say, “Keep Calm” America, White is on the way out. Black is in. Can we all just get along?


Letterman, Fallon, Meyers
Letterman, Fallon, Meyers

New York City, New York- This week is turning out to be “retirement week”  for television late-night talk show hosts, with David Letterman announcing that he will retire as host of the “Late Show” come 2015.  Letterman made the announcement during a taping of his CBS show on Thursday. He has been host of the show since 1993, when he moved to CBS after his former network, NBC, opted to hire Jay Leno to take over the “Tonight Show” when longtime host Johnny Carson retired.

Following Letterman’s announcement, both Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers announced that they will be retiring in 2044.   Fallon, 39, is currently the host of the “Tonight Show,” taking over the reins from Jay Leno who retired early after hosting the show for 22 years. Meyers, 40, is host of  “Late Night With Seth Meyers.”  Fallon and Meyers said that their announcement will give the NBC television network ample time to line up their respective replacements when they reach retirement age.

Walters, left, and Rivers
Walters, left, and Rivers

Meanwhile, two of the most recognizable women faces on television, Barbara Walters, 84, and Joan Rivers, 80, have said they have no immediate plans of retiring. “Women age more gracefully than men, so I am have no plans of stepping down any time soon,” Rivers said.  Walters told reporters that “women have the staying power and I will keep on going, and going.”