Top 10 Late Night Talk Show Appearances of the Decade
In the first of what will be Movieline's many investigations into the decade, we inspect the 10 greatest talk show guests of the 2000s. Some of the listed winners were in on the joke, and some were pretty decent jokes themselves. Grow a beard, recall your favorite menu items from prison, and enjoy.
10. Bob Barker on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (December, 2006)
Viewers suspected something was afoot when Bob Barker, who was at that time finishing up his run on The Price is Right, started harassing host Craig Ferguson about the flimsiness of his desk. Little did they know that Barker was a trained martial artist who would actually break the (admittedly styrofoam) desk right on air. The self-effacing jab about "not having that many climactic moments" at his age is also a scream, particularly with Barker's Beauties standing right there.
9. William Shatner and Sarah Palin on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (December, 2009)
I was nervous about putting three 2009 spots on this list (stay tuned!), but Shatner and Palin shocked the hardcover-purchasing populace when they read from each other's autobiographies in this Tonight Show segment. Shatner is also one of Conan's best "In the Year 2000" cue-card readers, and that status helped bumped him onto this list. And can you believe it? Palin is a believable TV personality with a knack for punchlines. Insert your own.
8. Heidi Klum on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (October, 2003)
An appearance from Heidi Klum as she dons an $8 million diamond-studded bra is welcome anyway, but when the current Project Runway doyenne looked down and murmured, "I think my bra has broken," an unprecedented wave of confusion and delight rippled through the audience. Jay and guest Martin Short offered their jackets to cover the supermodel as she made some impromptu adjustments.