Whether or not Craig Ferguson replaces Letterman, he is going to get a nice big check
. If he replaces Dave which would be great, he will get the nice big annual salary. If he gets passed over for the job he keeps his current gig and also gets a $5M bonus for being passed over. That is a big price to pay if you are not going to give someone the job. How does this scenario sound? You hire Craig for Dave's job and move Chelsea Handler over to Craig's job. It is a network and a high profile gig for Chelsea. She gets away from the NBC family and can still keep her brand of humor without any repercussions. She gets to stay in LA and has plenty of time for other projects. She would also get a bigger paycheck and more time off.