On Monday, Craig Ferguson announced the sad news that he is leaving “The Late Late Show.” The audience expressed their disappointment, but Ferguson quickly lightened the mood by poking fun at the situation. He jokingly stated “About two years ago, I had decided after eight years that it was probably time for me to move on and do something else. 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. At the end of this year, I will be stepping down. Then I’ll go and do something else, probably. I’m thinking carpentry, but I haven’t made my mind up yet. I don’t know what I’m going to do yet but I feel doing this show for 10 years, that’s enough.” He referred to his situation as being very similar to Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin‘s separation. He stated “CBS and I are not getting divorced, we are consciously uncoupling, but we will still spend holidays together and share custody of the fake horse and robot skeleton, both of whom we love very much.”
Ferguson’s announcement came two weeks after CBS decided to choose Stephen Colbert as the replacement for David Letterman, when he retires in 2015. Rumor has it that Ferguson was highly upset at the network for not choosing him for the gig. An inside source told HollywoodLife.com that not only did CBS not consider him a worthy replacement for Dave, but they also were planning to give Ferguson the boot from his own show. The source said “They have been secretly shopping his time slot and he got wind of it.”
Ferguson emphasized that it was his decision to leave “The Late Late Show” and that he wasn’t pushed out by third parties. Ferguson told the viewers that CBS has been great with him over the past decade. He said “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 stated that during fall 2014, he will host the “Celebrity Name Game.” It’s a syndicated game show starting this fall 2014. He is also developing TV projects through his Green Mountain West production company.
Are you sad to see Ferguson leave? Do you think he should’ve been chosen as the replacement for David Letterman, instead of Stephen Colbert?”