/// Craig Ferguson is Leaving The Late Late Show

April 29, 2014  |  Media Week

Because we can’t have nice things and because life is nothing but a series of searing disappointments, Craig Ferguson on Monday announced that he’ll be stepping down as the host of CBS’ The Late Late Show. Following the lead of his late-night running mate, David Letterman , Ferguson broke the news to his studio audience during the taping of tonight’s program. “CBS and I are not getting divorced, we are ‘consciously uncoupling,’” Ferguson cracked. “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 will leave the show in December. The antic Scotsman has hosted The Late Late Show for the last 10 years, in which time he has established himself as the single most inspired interview on the circuit. Ferguson is also delightfully inventive, crafting elaborate jokes at the network’s expense. (For example, the solution to CBS’ parsimonious refusal to supply Ferguson with a sidekick and/or house band was to commission the creation of Geoff Peterson , the aforementioned robot skeleton.) Having re-upped with CBS in April 2012 , Ferguson’s contract was set to expire at the end of the broadcast season. It would appear, however, that CBS has offered him a brief extension, so that he might have ample time to put together a proper send-off. (Obviously, the extra time also allows the network to make a much more exhaustive search for Ferguson’s replacement—although, then again, it didn’t take long to identify the new host of the 11:30 show.) Both parties intimated that it was Ferguson’s decision to move on. “During his 10 years as host, Craig has elevated CBS to new creative and competitive heights at 12:30,” said Nina Tassler, chairman, CBS Entertainment. “He infused the broadcast with tremendous energy, unique comedy, insightful interviews and some of the most heartfelt monologues seen on television.” Indeed, Ferguson was often at his best when the mood of the nation called for a less whimsical show. Back in July 2012, in the wake of the shootings at a Colorado multiplex, Ferguson delivered a particularly moving opening salvo . “If you are watching in Denver, or in Aurora I should say, and if you are any way connected to this awful business; I’m sorry,” Ferguson said. “I’m sorry that that happened. I know it’s just awful, and my thoughts and my sympathies go to the families and to the people who were there. And just remember that we are all diminished by this. Every time something like this happens, we are all diminished by it.” Ferguson also spoke eloquently about

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