More changes for CBS! Craig Ferguson just announced to his studio audience that he and CBS are “consciously uncoupling”, but not getting divorced.
Ferguson, who has been on the air for around ten years, will be stepping down as host of “Late Late Show” in December. Who will replace him?
Ferguson told the audience, “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 will probably have a new 12:35 AM host on the air before Stephen Colbert replaces David Letterman. Colbert is leaving his Comedy Central series “The Colbert Report” at the end of the calendar year, but David Letterman has yet to set his last “Late Show”.
Craig Ferguson has been the host of “Late Late Show” since succeeding Craig Kilborn in January 2005. His contract was set to end this summer.
CBS Entertainment chief Nina Tassler claims CBS loves Ferguson, but CBS CEO Leslie Moonves recently acknowledged Ferguson’s time slot was up for grabs. Les stated, “we’re having conversations” but “there’s nothing to report now.”
Nina Tassler said today, “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. 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.”
There are rumors Chelsea Handler may be replacing Ferguson, after her rep stated she was leaving her E! show “Chelsea Lately”.
Ferguson and his Green Mountain West Inc production house has been busy making late-night aftershows for various Discovery Network shows, including Shark After Dark and Naked After Dark. Last month, Discovery’s Science Channel bought Ferguson’s “I F***ing Love Science” series.
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