Craig Ferguson Is Stepping Down from The Late Late Show

By Kaitlin Thomas

Apr 29, 2014

One day in the not-too-distant future, the annals of history will remember 2014 as "The Year That Late-Night Television Played Musical Chairs and We All Lost," because Craig Ferguson has announced that he's stepping down as the host of The Late Late Show WIth Craig Ferguson

First things first: Before you start drafting an email to CBS to request custody of Geoff the Robot, you should stop because I've already called dibs note that Ferguson will continue hosting The Late Late Show until December, which means there's still time for him to change his mind! Okay, fine, that's very unlikely, but that doesn't mean I can't hold out hope. 

“CBS and I are not getting divorced, we are ‘consciously uncoupling,’" Ferguson told his studio audience during the taping of Monday night's episode, adding that "we will still spend holidays together and share custody of the fake horse and robot skeleton, both of whom we love very much.”

Here's a clip of the announcement:

This news certainly couldn't have come at a more unstable time for late-night TV. Ferguson has hosted The Late Late Show since 2005, and until now, he's been a constant presence in the late-night landscape as the winds of change have swirled like crazy. Already this year, Jay Leno has said goodbye to The Tonight ShowJimmy Fallon has assumed Leno's old spotSeth Meyers has taken over Fallon's former role as the host of Late NightDavid Letterman has announced his retirement from Late Show, and CBS has named Stephen Colbert as Letterman's successor. In that context, Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel, and Conan O'Brien have felt like the glue holding late-night TV together as the newbies find their footing in their new homes.

Ferguson's special brand of humor may not be broad enough for him to be a serious contender for other late-night gigs, that's exactly what makes The Late Late Show stand out from its peers. Where else are we going to find a host who rips up his interview questions, plays with puppets, is an unabashed Doctor Who fanboy, celebrates Magic Week, and is basically besties with Kristen Bell? The last three items on that list are probably what I'll miss most when Ferguson signs off in December. I mean, who can I turn to now for intense Doctor Who appreciation stunts? Chris Hardwick?

What are your favorite Late Late Show bits? How much will you miss CraigyFerg?

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  • mettana May 22, 2014

    Definitely think it was the right thing for Craig Ferguson. I loved his show and watched it regularly. Recently I could see how bored he was and am glad that he's made a decision to do something new and fresh!!!! Good luck, Craig. ULAL

  • NancyHerman May 04, 2014

    I've counted on Craig's show for the nightly laughs, intelligent conversation, and the wonderful connection he makes with his audience. Sad that he's leaving but happy for Craig, who has plenty of things planned - new game show, science show, film production (Last Man Out) and more. One of the things I love most about Craig is his honesty. He's made it clear he never wanted Letterman's spot, and he's been planning to go for two years, so I don't get why people continue to examine his reasons. He'll bring his creativity to his game show this fall (on CBS among other places) even before he leaves late night. Hope that helps with the separation anxiety.

  • keithviverett May 03, 2014

    I will miss all the interesting ways and things he used to interview beautiful women and have them do when they came on his show.

  • current Apr 30, 2014

    It's a shame indeed. I've been aware of him since his Red Dwarf appearance and a fan since. It is odd that he at first scoffed at internet rumours, even on his show, for days but then turned tail basically saying they were correct - or as much as net stuff often gets.
    Nevertheless, I'll certainly miss his show, along with the talent Josh Robert Thompson and Joseph Bolter and Ryan McGowan (the 'interns') doing Secretariat. Oh, and Michael the racist!

  • joy9585 Apr 30, 2014

    A simple "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!" sums up my feelings. Why? :(

  • mrjimmyjames Apr 29, 2014

    Craig's future was probably directly tied to Letterman's. He produces his show. The minute Letterman announced his retirement, Craig's future was sealed. Now that Dave won't be there anymore, CBS probably wanted to take that hour back from him as well a remodel the entire lineup. Kind of like how Carson produced Letterman's Late Night until Dave left for CBS. Then it was totally back to NBC (who basically gave it to Lorne Michaels).

  • bgrhu May 04, 2014

    Craig's future had nothing to do with Letterman. If you watch the video above, you'll see Craig explain this very clearly. It was his decision to leave - something he'd been planning for two years. He's expressed zero interest in Letterman's job in dozens of interviews over the past several years, as well as even less interest in doing late night television for the long-term. It's as simple as that.

  • mrjimmyjames May 05, 2014

    So in other words...when someone says something like "a celebrity has been hospitalized with exhaustion" etc. you believe it. You clearly buy into spin a little too much; of course he's going to say what he said. If he didn't want Dave's job then he wouldn't have put a clause in his contract to be paid a bonus if he was passed over.

  • mrjimmyjames Apr 29, 2014

    I've been a fan of Craig ever since the Drew Carey Show (Carrrraaaaaayyy!) He's long been successful (very competitive with the hosts of Late Night) and is the only host that was able to make the Late Late Show relevant. It amazes me to see every host of Late Night (which again he was very competitive with) be considered for the Tonight Show easily but Craig was apparently never even considered for the Late Show. He should at least be able to stay on in that slot. I hope he ends up on another network's late night schedule.

  • shocker713 Apr 29, 2014

    So basically, this time next year, the longest-tenured talk show host on late-night TV will be Jimmy Kimmel? This saddens me.

  • Kleinke Apr 29, 2014

    Oh crap. I'll miss him. I was hoping he'd do this for a couple more years, but... oh well.

    In the words of one wise robot skeleton: Balls.

  • Akyriel Apr 29, 2014

    I like him, but I won't really miss him. Some of the stuff I liked, like the puppet numbers, he no longer does. He can be annoying sometimes as well. I was hoping he would change his interview format a little too. My guess is that it is 10 years and with Letterman going, he sees it as an opportunity to do the same at the same time giving CBS a clean slate to deal with. That, and perhaps it's his way of politely saying to CBS, "screw you" for not giving me Letterman's slot and/or beefing up his own show budget-wise. He can't cry though, as I understand it, he gets a bonus for not being Letterman's replacement.

  • bgrhu May 04, 2014

    He never wanted Letterman's job, I don't know why he'd be upset at not getting it.

  • wudntulik2know Apr 29, 2014

    A $5 mil bonus. He's crying all the way to the bank.

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