Many were wondering why it was that Craig Ferguson didn’t step in and take David Letterman’s chair when the host retired recently, the same way Jimmy Fallon took over for Leno when that host stepped down. Well, here’s your reason.
As it turns out, Ferguson was planning to leave as well after ten years on the job, and now it’s quite clear why the job eventually went to a fresh face like Stephen Colbert. Though this may seem abrupt and oddly timed given Letterman’s departure, Fergson swears there’s no ill-will between him and CBS.
“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.”
CBS had similarly kind words for Ferguson as the announcement was made:
“During his 10 years as host, Craig has elevated CBS to new creative and competitive heights at 12:30,” CBS chair Nina Tassler said in a statement. “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.”
Now CBS gets to start their host search all over again, and maybe names that were in consideration for Letterman’s job, Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler, could be considered again for The Late Late Show, even though it’s not quite as prestigious.
Will you miss Ferguson? Who should fill his shoes?
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