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The changing face of late night

Updated 10:46 AM ET, Tue February 2, 2016
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James Corden's résumé isn't limited to "The Late Late Show," which he started hosting in March. He's a Tony winner and movie actor ("Into the Woods"), and CBS just announced he'll be hosting the 2016 Tony Awards. As "Late Late Show" host, Corden replaced Craig Ferguson, who left the show in December 2014. The face of late-night TV has changed considerably in recent years as many longtime hosts have moved on to other things. Here's a look at the leading players. Getty Images
Comedian Trevor Noah succeeded Jon Stewart as host of "The Daily Show" in September.
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With his barbed jokes about political hypocrisy, Jon Stewart won enormous acclaim over his 15-plus years hosting "The Daily Show." He announced in February that he was leaving the Comedy Central fake-news program this year to focus on other projects. His directing debut, "Rosewater," was released in late 2014. Rick Kern/Getty Images for Comedy Central
Stephen Colbert, a former "Daily Show" correspondent, took opinionated cable news network hosts' me-first, confrontational style and parodied it mercilessly on "The Colbert Report." He replaced David Letterman on "The Late Show" in September. Scott Gries/PictureGroup/Comedy Central
Larry Wilmore took over Colbert's Comedy Central slot with "The Nightly Show," which premiered in January 2015. Prior to "Nightly," Wilmore was the "Daily Show's" "senior black correspondent." Comedy Central/Peter Yang
John Oliver, another former "Daily Show" correspondent, went to HBO for his "Last Week Tonight" and has gained acclaim for his in-depth -- and still humorous -- looks at such issues as the Miss America pageant and Internet neutrality. HBO
Jimmy Fallon took over the "Tonight Show" from Jay Leno in 2014, and unlike the previous hand-off -- between Leno and Conan O'Brien -- the transition went very smoothly. Fallon has brought in a younger audience, and his bits often go viral. Mike Coppola/Getty Images for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Kimmel oversees ABC's late-night show, "Jimmy Kimmel Live," which has gained popularity for such bits as "Mean Tweets" and his alleged triangle with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Randy Holmes/ABC/Getty Images
Conan O'Brien took over Letterman's NBC "Late Night" spot when Letterman departed for CBS and hosted the "Tonight Show" for about seven months in 2009. After leaving NBC, he joined TBS (like CNN, a part of Time Warner) and has been hosting "Conan" there since 2010. MEGHAN SINCLAIR/TBS
Seth Meyers hosts "Late Night" on NBC. The show was taken over by Fallon after O'Brien left, and Meyers -- a former "Saturday Night Live" writer and "Weekend Update" anchor -- started hosting it in early 2014. Peter Kramer/NBC/Getty Images
David Letterman was the Grand Old Man of Late Night -- but he's now left the stage (and desk, chair and mic combination) to his younger colleagues. He signed off May 20, 2015. Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS/Getty Images