Craig Ferguson has announced he will be leaving the Late Late Show on CBS at the end of this year. He’s been host of the Late Late Show since 2005.
The Scottish-born host has been a huge success with US audiences, and has won critical acclaim with several awards – including the prestigious Peabody Award in 2009 – and a nomination for an Emmy Award in 2006.
Ferguson made the announcement during a taping of the Late Late Show (the same way Letterman announced his retirement from the Late Show recently) which was broadcast on CBS last night.
Chairman of CBS Entertainment, Nina Tassler, said in a statement:
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.
Craig Ferguson joked a little about his plans to step down from the programme, saying “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”.
Craig said “doing this show for 10 years… that’s enough”.
Speaking to Variety, Craig said “It wasn’t contentious. I was just like, ‘I feel like I’m done,’… we were all fine and were tying up loose ends. And then Dave surprised everybody with the (April 3) announcement and that threw a spanner in the works. And I had to sit and keep my mouth shut while speculation raged wildly”.
Variety also reports “Ferguson initially planned to sign off this summer, but CBS asked him to stay until December to give them more time to set a replacement. Ferguson agreed because it gives his staff and crew more time to find new gigs”.
Also in the Variety exclusive interview, Ferguson explained “it’s an inevitable thing when David announced his retirement, people are going to say ‘Oh he’s leaving because of that.’ No matter what I say or what I do, they’re gonna say that. Well they can say what they like. It’s America. I understand”.
It’s not yet been said who will replace Craig in 2015. CBS will now have an all-new late night lineup when Stephen Colbert starts the Late Show next year.
— Craig Ferguson (@CraigyFerg) April 29, 2014
Watch the announcement: