Craig Ferguson Stepping Down From 'Late Late Show'
By JACKIE WILLIS
April 29, 2014
First David Letterman and Chelsea Handler, and now Craig Ferguson! This year is seeing a lot of turnaround in the late-night scene as Craig Ferguson is the third host to announce he's "consciously uncoupling" his show.
"About two years ago, I had decided after eight years ...that it was probably time for me to move on and do something else," Ferguson began his cold open on Monday's The Late Late Show. "And CBS came to me at that time and said, 'Well, you could hang around and we'll give you a fancy new studio and a podium for your gay robot skeleton and a stable for your horse and an invisible band behind a curtain. We'll give you all the trappings of late-night television.'"
That's when the 51-year-old Scottish TV host revealed, "At the end of this year, I will be stepping down as host of this show." Amid the moans of the audience, Ferguson joked, "Thanks everybody. That was quite convincing."
Squashing rumors before they started, the host added, "This is not Jay [Leno], Conan [O'Brien] of NBC. ...This is not Dave [Letterman] and Jay all these years ago. It's not that."
Doting on CBS, he noted, "[CBS has] been great with me. I have a good relationship with them. I'm still in business with them on other stuff, so please don't picket them or go up to CBS with flaming torches, unless you're angry at me, then, you know, get in line."
Ferguson took over The Late Late Show in 2005 from Craig Kilborn. Who do you think should host the program next?
Here's a few Hollywood Twitter reactions following Ferguson's announcement:
The first talk show I ever did was @CraigyFerg. He made me feel smart, special and beautiful and he is all three.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) April 29, 2014