I can’t say it’s much of a surprise, especially given how much CBS has been talking about him as though he’s not in the same room, but Craig Ferguson has decided to step down as host of The Late Late Show rather than wait around until CBS cans him. His contract runs out at the end of the year, around a decade after he took over from Craig Kilborn, and that’ll be that for the much beloved Craig Ferguson.
“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 said in a statement.
The speculation about who will replace him, of course, will continue, though it appears that Chelsea Handler is no longer in the running, as she is coming to terms with Netflix for her own show. I’m not even sure who that leaves as a frontrunner now, but at this point, if CBS doesn’t hire someone besides a middle-aged white guy, there will be blood on the streets.
It was a good run, Mr. Ferguson, and you deserved better. Unfortunately, you know what they say about nice guys? They get a decade of success as a late night host and $10 million buyout.