Craig Ferguson is leaving ‘The Late Late Show’

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 01:  TV personality Craig Ferguson poses in press room during GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! at Club Nokia on December 1, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/WireImage)
Craig Ferguson announced he was leaving “The Late Late Show” on Monday’s episode. Credit: Michael Buckner/WireImage

Another one bites the dust. In the latest of a series of late-night comedy shake-ups, Craig Ferguson, host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show” since 2005, announced on Monday that he was leaving the show.

This is just the most recent domino to fall in the late-night lineup. David Letterman announced his retirement from Ferguson’s lead-in, “The Late Show,” earlier in April. CBS quickly named Stephen Colbert of “The Colbert Report” as his successor. Many speculated that, with no chance of being promoted to the earlier show, Ferguson would leave when his contract ends this year, which turned out to be the case.

“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, referring to two popular props from the show.

No word yet on who will replace Ferguson, but CBS boss Les Moonves has diversity on his mind: He told CBS that “a woman would be great” for the hosting chair. Other past rumored candidates include Neil Patrick Harris and John Oliver, who may be kicking himself that he settled in with HBO just as all these plum jobs opened up.



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