Craig Ferguson Is Stepping Down from The Late Late Show


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?


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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
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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.
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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.
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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!
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A simple "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!" sums up my feelings. Why? :(
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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So basically, this time next year, the longest-tenured talk show host on late-night TV will be Jimmy Kimmel? This saddens me.
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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.

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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.
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He never wanted Letterman's job, I don't know why he'd be upset at not getting it.
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A $5 mil bonus. He's crying all the way to the bank.
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Craig is my favorite too for so many reasons. I love his show. And Doctor Who!
But I have 1 idea that could work. What if they combined both shows and make it a Stewart/Colbert block, alternating segments? Something that hasn't been done before and these 2 guys could pull it off....
The Stewart/Colbert Daily Report!
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WT-ooh la la!
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This sucks big time. CBS is to blame for this. They did not show any respect towards him for not even trying to keep him.
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As Craig explains in his announcement (see video above), this was HIS decision. CBS was fine with him, and he's fine with CBS.
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Shame to hear about this. Ferguson has a more diverse show compared to the others which in some respects makes him the best host.
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Ive seen every episode the last 4-5 years and although he has lost a bit of his edge, he is still by fair the most entertaining non-comedy central based late night host. He'll be sorely missed and I doubt they'll find a replacement whose show I'll actually "acquire" every day =/
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i'm really glad i got to see craiggy when i was on vacation in LA last year, and will continue to support his stand-up tours. very sad to see him go as he is the only late-night show i actually watch! mostly feel bad for his supporting cast.
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Craig is my favourite late night host. He makes interviews so relaxed and entertaining. Late night is dying, all that's left that I like is Conan. But, no one can even come close to making me laugh like Craig does. He's genuinely a nice person and has a hilarious sense of humor.
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I sure hope they get Jon Stewart. Then the ABC lineup would just be the Comedy Central block but 40 minutes instead of 20, and it would air without those constant two week breaks.

I'll really miss Craig, he's been the most consistent host. But I'm kind of glad seeing as it gives me a reason to start watching him again. I can't wait to see him completely screw with the format now that he knows the end is near.
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I watch Craig every night, or the next day thanks to my DVR. Sad to seem him go but at least it won't be abrupt, it's his decision, he's not getting pushed out, CBS isn't screwing him over, and he'll be going out on top. Sure, Dave will be retiring after 21 years(?), but he's always been too stale for my taste.

I hope Craig moves on to do something where he can curse without being censored because I laugh my ass off when he does that. Also, what will happen to Geoff? That's probably largely up to the guy who voices him and any entity that may actually own the rights to Geoff as a character.
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I have rarely watched any late night, but if I had to chose one host in the most recent years, he is the funniest to me.
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I was hoping all those little jokes about season 10 being the right time to get out etc. were just that, merely jokes, but unfortunately they were just hints of the terrible news that was to come.

He is easily the most talented and innovative host in late night and it is a terrible shame that he is going.
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I don't watch his show often, but when I do I usually laugh my arse off. He is quite funny.

I also used to LOVE his bit on the Drew Carey Show, where he continuously fired people in interesting ways.
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Nooooooooo no no no he's my favourite :(( Can't we at least know what he's gonna do next?
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No Really ?!?!?!?
What a big news ...
Of course he's leaving after the Late Show choose Stephen Colbert , there was no other option !!!!
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His leaving had nothing to do with Colbert. Craig never wanted Letterman's job - there's no reason he'd be upset at not getting a job he didn't even want.
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Ok i hope so too ...
one thing for sure CBS is not NBC !!!!
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I forgot to mention the fun visual graphic bleeping to @*#*%, @##*#$*#, @#$$*#ity, $:*&%%Y&#*#, $##*#*#*#*#*, and $#*#*%#$*$*$, $#*#Y#&#&#&#, #$&#$&##sucking #U&$#%#&$#&, #$&#$&#&#&#&#$&, $#&*#$&#$&#.

Great host, great show.

Fallon and Colbert will never say f$#*, f#$*, f@#$, f$&#ity f$&#.
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The only late night show i watch is Conan so doesnt really affect me
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I will miss him. I've always liked his casual interviewing style. It's more like a discussion which just flows in all kinds of surprising directions. Other hosts have very specific questions that they just slam on the table right away, that seem very random after just greeting the guest. But Craig just has a conversation with his guests and this is helped by the fact he is very knowledgeable about many topics.

However, the problem I have with him is that he has become more pervy over time. Earlier he just politely greeted and maybe complimented female guests, but nowadays he makes a big deal out of talking about how the women look: admiring their outfits, drooling over their shoes, asking to see them, touch them and so forth. Sometimes he wastes almost half an interview fawning over a female guest. It is clear that some guests are really uncomfortable with it. They just want to move on with the interview and promote whatever project they are working on, and Craig is talking about how shiny their legs are. It is supposed to be funny, and the guests try to play along and smile about it, but to me it's so overtly creepy. Are we supposed to laugh at a middle-aged man ogling a woman, like it's a funny joke, and doing it almost every night? I thought we were past that, and seeing an otherwise smart man like Craig behave like that makes me frustrated. It's such a stark contrast to how he behaves with male guests which just emphasizes the double standard in how men and women are treated on these shows. To me his behaviour is not endearingly goofy, despite his sexy accent, but just disappointing.
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Sad times :/ Living in Wales, we don't get many late night shows, but I could watch entire episodes of Craig on Youtube, which was great. I'll try to catch Colbert when he takes over from Letterman though.
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I predicted this in my WTF for the week. He's been making some subtle hints, and he has a game show in the works..
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Well, that was unexpected! Really enjoy his silly Scottish humour, self-deprecating irreverence and how he takes the mickey out of his guests. Cheers, Craig. and here's to "keeping it classy till Christmas!"
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I don't watch late night talk shows that often but Craig Ferguson and Conan O'Brien are my favorite hosts. They seemed the most intelligent and the most humorous, to me. I'm going to miss Craig and Geoff's witty banter!
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Marijuana doesn't lead to carpentry the Late Late Show leads to carpentry. Proof that CBS is worst for your health than pot, it's a gateway network.
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lol
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Aw....I really have enjoyed being in the audience when he tapes. Everyone has so much fun, and we get to see the guests' silly sides. Ben Kingsley was one of the best. I never knew how funny he is.

The studio is just a couple of miles from me. I wonder if there will be any late night shows taping in LA.
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stanking is right.

The Fat Lady is singing.
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When it rains it pours, not I really care, I didn't watch any of these people. I was holding out hope that they would get a fresh new face to host one of the two previously abandoned talk shows but neither of those came through, maybe now they'll finally take a chance and give it to someone new. They don't even have to be new to show business, in fact it would be better if that weren't the case, just get a good comedian with time on his (or maybe her) hands.
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When Craig did his show with Stephen Fry, just the two of them talking for an entire shows length, no gags or bands or studio audience, that's the best piece of late night television I've ever seen.

Seeing him go I wish I had found more time to watch him when he was on. True genius.
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Craig was the best of the network hosts. I can only hope that he has something better lined up.

In a perfect world, it would be on a show that could afford to put Kristen Bell on the full-time payroll.
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Is this because he didn't get the Late Show?
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I was wondering the same thing. To be honest, I wouldn't be surprised if it was. However, we'll probably never know.
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No, it had nothing to do with not getting Letterman. He never wanted that job. I have to wonder if anyone actually listened to/watched the video. He explains quite clearly that it was his decision, made two years ago.
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no
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WTF! CBS is letting go of the best, smartest and most sincere host on all of television! Late Night shows are dead to me now. Can't believe he is going out before friggin' Letterman.
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Noooooooo!!!!!!!!!! Craig is my favourite, I love his show so much! All the great memories over the year. I especially liked when he did his show in France and Scotland.
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And now I can never watch CBS again. Their programming is awful and Craig was the only thing I watched on that channel.
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I'm more than a little disappointed as I tended to check every other shows guest list before I considered watching them but knew I could count on Craig every night regardless of the guest.
I guess all of the voiceover work has really filled the old bank account.
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that and the 5-10 million he got for cbs not giving him dave's spot. oh yes i remember you - but surprisingly enough i'm going to miss craig too. a lot.
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seriously, you clearly have a crush on me, so thank you. I don't care if you're an ass as long as we both are willing to admit it.
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well we both like batman, GoT, and craig but other than that i don't think i care for you at all. who the asshole is is highly debatable. and by highly debatable i mean it's you.
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then do us both a favor, stop reading and replying to my comments, in case you hadnt noticed, i dont go looking for yours, asshole
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The wonderful thing about craig ferguson is that his humor was most often directed at himself. He was not reknowned for his monologues that skewered others. His humor ismiles past any of the others. Plus no other host would even know who Stephen Fry is , and craig did a whole episode devoted to him that was insightul and eloquent
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Stephen Fry's extremely famous. I'm pretty certain the other late night hosts know who he is.
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Damnit this sucks. Craig does late night like no other - so smart, so funny. Letterman leaving, fine. Jay leaving, good riddance. Colbert moving to cbs - meh not great but ok. But Craig leaving - oh hell no! Before he goes, I've just got to ask - Dear Aquaman, why does that guy from the Beatles keep trying to solve murders on my grandma's tv?
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Can he co-host The Price is Right now?
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I was expecting Letterman's retirement, but Craig!?!?! Say it isn't so. For my money, his show is the loosest, loopiest and funniest program on TV. I am now very sad.
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Can we please just call time of death for late night talk shows as a thing? Please? It's over. It's been dying for years now - there are just too many other options to fill that time for this generation. Let's move on.
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What he said.


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Give some examples of what kinds of programs you think would make for a good replacement for late night talk shows.
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reruns of The Larry Sanders Show would be better than most of the late night hosts. Hey Now! but not craig of course - he rules.
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Anything you've got on DVR or your Netflix queue.
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Infomercials? 'cause that's what we're going to get.
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I feel like I just got blasted with a 10....and not in the good way.
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WTF!! OMG!
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