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Craig Ferguson Stepping Down as 'The Late Late Show' Host

 

Craig Ferguson Stepping Down as 'Late Late Show' Host

 

It's official: CBS is undergoing a complete late-night facelift.

Just a few weeks ago, David Letterman announced he would be stepping down from his 20-year-long reign as host of 'The Late Show.' And now word has spread that Craig Ferguson is jumping on the retirement bandwagon as well.

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Ferguson told his studio audience Monday that, come December, he will make his final exit from 'The Late Late Show' — a program which he has successfully hosted for the past 10 years. His contract with the network expires in 2015.

Undoubtedly, many fans will find this news to be a hard pill to swallow. Losing Letterman AND Ferguson around the same time definitely marks the end of a truly great era of television. The Scotland-born host has earned Emmy and Peabody nominations for his hosting duties on a show that constantly aimed to shy away from the traditional late-night format. (His co-host was a talking robot, after all.)

Even his celebrity interviews went refreshingly against the grain. Ferguson would often go off-script with his guests and shift the conversation in unique and sometimes highly bizarre directions. But that's what made the show so wonderful to watch. It reveled in its unconventionality and Ferguson made for a great ring leader.

“CBS and I are not getting divorced, we are ‘consciously uncoupling,’" Ferguson said in a statement. "But we will still spend holidays together and share custody of the fake horse and robot skeleton, both of whom we love very much.”

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CBS chair Nina Tassler also had a few words to say: “During his 10 years as host, Craig has elevated CBS to new creative and competitive heights at 12:30. He infused the broadcast with tremendous energy, unique comedy, insightful interviews and some of the most heartfelt monologues seen on television. Craig’s versatile talents as a writer, producer, actor and comedian speak to his great days ahead. While we’ll miss Craig and can’t thank him enough for his contributions to both the show and the Network, we respect his decision to move on, and we look forward to celebrating his final broadcasts during the next eight months.”

Unlike Letterman, who we already know will be replaced by Stephen Colbert, it's unclear who the network hopes will come forward to fill Ferguson's late-night shoes, though we're sure it's only a matter of time. But, in the meantime, let's all just take a moment for an awkward pause (or use of a mouth organ, if you prefer) to honor of a true comedic gem.


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Show:
- The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
Person:
- Craig Ferguson
Network:
- CBS

Written by: Kelly Schremph
Apr 28th, 2014, 11:18 am

Images courtesy of Sonja Flemming/CBS

lockjaw

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Message Posted On May 14th, 2014, 7:50 pm

His broad sense of humor and his totally irreverent style will really be missed. He turned the late night talk show format inside out while actually keeping it much the same. His voice in this arena will be sorely missed. I wish him well in his future undertakings and I hope he'll get a chance to do more sitcom work.

FMcCartney

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Message Posted On May 5th, 2014, 7:36 pm

This is very sad news for me. I love the show and I am really going to miss his rants! But I think it is going to be great for him. He is a genuinely funny actor, I love him in Hot in Cleveland and in everything he does. Hopefully he will have more time to dedicate to sitcoms, his gameshow and his production company.

Dave09

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Message Posted On May 3rd, 2014, 12:27 pm

I couldn't believe it when i heard it, as he's the only one i like along with Letterman who Craig said is the only he bows down to. Also it was in his contract that he'd get $5 million if he didnt get Dave's job, but i heard also Dave done the same thing 22yr ago when the same thing happened to him afaik.

Sure are gonna miss him & his anarchic humour as most of it is improvised & doesnt need a tonne of writers to look good.

As Fallon is so fake along with his fawning over guests.

Strange fact though as Leno who left/pushed from his job, his mother's from Scotland also & a brother in law in Limerick in an interview with Chris o Dowd.

 

 

Checkout a few hilarious videos on youtube as i cant yet post links here, including his stay in Bonnie Scotland in which he took Mila Kunis with him for the trip

If you thought one Ferguson was funny check out his sister Lynn Ferguson on the show:

 

 

In where he takes up the audience to the stage inc 2 Irish girls on a J1, check out the date
2013/08/06 on youtube

& more interesting to find out where his paternal mother came from, explains his sense of humour, ah bejesis with ya!

ab

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Message Posted On Apr 28th, 2014, 9:41 pm

I don't think Craig wanted to be a talk show douche for the rest of hs life.  He has a game show coming on in the fall, right?  And he writes books and does a lot of standup.  I'm happy for him, but I'll definitely miss his show.

Anonymous

Message Posted On Apr 28th, 2014, 5:48 pm
Once again, the powers that be at CBS have proven themselves to be complete idiots. Hey Fox, are you ready to start competing in the late night talk show arena yet? I understand that there's a great host that will be available come 2015.
Pentar
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Message Posted On Apr 28th, 2014, 1:43 pm

I think the writing was on the wall when he didn't get Dave's job. I don't think Craig fit the corporate button down image of Leno & Letterman, and now Fallon.

msd85
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Message Posted On Apr 28th, 2014, 11:28 am

Between the end of The Colbert Report and the loss of Craig, the late night landscape isn't going to be nearly as much fun next year.

 

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