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 Show, Jimmy Fallon has assumed Leno's old spot, Seth Meyers has taken over Fallon's former role as the host of Late Night, David 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?