Why Did Craig Ferguson Leave 'The Late Late Show'? Watch His Announcement
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Why Did Craig Ferguson Leave 'The Late Late Show'? Watch His Announcement

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | April 29, 2014 | Comments ()


Last night on the show, Craig Ferguson officially made the announcement that he’s stepping down from The Late Late Show at the end of the year. He kept it simple, brief, and as usual, did not spend a lot of time talking about himself.

Thirty-four seconds. After ten years, he allows himself 34 seconds to announce his departure.

However, he did explain to Variety the reason why he left, and it had nothing to do with Letterman’s retirement, nor was he pushed out by CBS. The truth is, he was ready to go, and in fact, had not only planned to leave at the end of his contract this year, but had seriously considered it two years ago when his contract ran out. He wanted to leave earlier this year (during the summer), but CBS convinced him to stick around until they found a replacement.

Ferguson was done, not because he didn’t like hosting The Late Late Show, but because he didn’t want to stick around long enough that he stopped liking hosting The Late Late Show. He fell backwards into the position in the first place, and as he tells Variety, he never, ever had any designs on Letterman’s job because he could barely keep it together at 12:30. When Dave announced his retirement, it threw a wrench into his own plans to announce, so he had to sit on his hands all month and wait for the right time, as stupid people on the Internet (like me!) besmirched CBS for not treating him better.

So, that’s the reality. He was going to go long before it became apparent that he was going to be replaced, which explains why Leslie Moonves was so cagey about discussing Ferguson’s position in late night.

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  • rsnation

    I love Craig, but I know I'll see him again somewhere. I"ll really miss Geoffrey and Secretariat though.

  • e jerry powell

    Shame on you, Internet Dustin!
    *shakes fist*

  • NateMan

    Get out while the getting's good, rather than staggering along on your past accomplishments. Good for him. I'll miss him on there, though, and it's definitely a blow for the format.

  • Jiffylush

    I am honestly saddened by this.

    His interview with Stephen Fry in an empty studio was the most personal experience I have ever had with a show. Craig with his history of substance abuse and strong recovery, Stephen with his cyclothymia and how it related directly to his substance abuse were so directly applicable to what I was struggling with at the time that it was amazing and I felt like the episode was made specifically for me. I still have that episode and will do my best to make sure I always do. If it matters I am bipolar I and up until two and a half years ago spent the majority of my life self-medicating.

    Please keep us posted on what he does next, I don't want to miss it.

    It's normal for 40 year old men to tear up at work about a tv show right?

    Thanks Youtube!


  • Stephen Nein

    Cheers to Craig for mentioning his predecessor, Tom Snyder, and all his foibles - and whom had one of the most underrated late-night shows in the last 20 years. It wasn't always the smartest, but it was unique and always challenging - even if the challenge was just trying to stay awake. :-)

  • dizzylucy

    I used to occasionally catch Tom Snyder's show, and always liked the atmosphere he created there. I keep hoping Craig will do something that still allows him to just have great conversations, and in my head I think I always picture it like Snyder's show.

  • dizzylucy

    I'm terribly sad about it but can understand if he's ready to stop. I stumbled across his show 5 or 6 years ago and have loved it ever since. I will really miss it, but I hope he moves on to something great. I'd love to see him have some kind of show where he can just talk to interesting people.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Time for an interview bucket list, I think. If he can get Tom Hardy to sit down with him, I'd be happy as a screechy clam.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Well I can't help but be impressed with that rationale. Whatever he moves on to I'm sure he'll be fantastic.

    Maybe they can replace him with Craig Robinson and keep the streak alive? The Late Late Show - with a guy named Craig.

  • John W

    Good luck to him.

  • He will truly be missed. Hope they find a worthy one to follow (but what are the chances of that one having such a cool prop as a TARDIS on his desk :((

  • Ian Fay

    Does it still have the haggis in it?

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