Late night phone chat
Craig Kilborn took over in March 1999, having left The Daily Show to become the new Late Late Show host (previously he was an anchor on ESPN's Sports Center).
When Kilborn was on the show, it began with an image of a full moon wavering behind gray stratus clouds, to the tuning of an orchestra, while the announcer—the recorded, modulated voice of Kilborn himself—blurted out, "From the gorgeous, gorgeous Hollywood Hills in sunny California, it's your Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn.
The show differed from most of the other extant late-night talk shows during its first two decades on air in that it did not use a house band or an in-studio announcer.
Snyder would return to CBS to guest-host some episodes of the Late Show while Letterman recuperated from heart surgery in 2000.Tonight," and then the guests were announced, backed by the show's theme song, composed by Neil Finn.Then Kilborn was presented, "Ladies and gentlemen, *pause* Mister Craig Kilborn", with the 1970s disco band Wild Cherry song "Play That Funky Music".Subsequent guest hosts included: Jason Alexander, Jeff Altman, Tom Arnold, Michael Ian Black, Tom Caltabiano, Adam Carolla, Tom Dreesen, David Duchovny, Damien Fahey, Craig Ferguson, Jim Gaffigan, Ana Gasteyer, David Alan Grier, D. Hughley, Lisa Joyner, Donal Logue, Rosie Perez, Ahmad Rashād, Jim Rome, Aisha Tyler, and The Late Late Show head writer Michael "Gibby" Gibbons culminating in four finalists being involved for week long final tryouts: Craig Ferguson, D. Wick on The Drew Carey Show, was to become Kilborn's permanent replacement.David Letterman later said he made the selection based on the recommendation of Peter Lassally. followed by opening credits and a commercial break.