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VARIETY REPORTS LETTERMAN NEGOTIATIONS WITH COMPETITION

 VARIETY REPORTS LETTERMAN NEGOTIATIONS WITH COMPETITION
 NEW YORK, May 17 /PRNewswire/ -- According to an exclusive report in


Variety's May 18 issue, David Letterman's agent, Creative Artists Agency honcho Mike Ovitz, is negotiating with other suitors for a Letterman show once his contract expires in January. NBC, in turn, is already making alternative plans should Letterman actually land elsewhere: they're negotiating with "Saturday Night Live" star Dana Carvey to take Letterman's place.
 Variety reveals that ultra-secret talks are taking place between Ovitz and several suitors over the idea of a Letterman exit, with Paramount and ABC as the frontrunners. NBC has been negotiating with Carvey's manager, Brad Grey, trying to get him to leave "Saturday Night Live" once his contract expires in November, and take over the show at the start of 1992.
 According to Variety, a Paramount signing of Letterman could alienate its reigning talk star Arsenio Hall. Though an ABC deal would probably keep Letterman in his late night timeslot, following "Nightline," a deal with another suitor might push him into direct competition with freshly crowned "Tonight" host Jay Leno.
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