Craig Ferguson leaving 'Late Late Show’
There’s still hope for funny women everywhere, or at least the already-famous ones, because Craig Ferguson is about to create another late-night vacancy when he leaves the Late Late Show in December. Ferguson made the announcement on Monday’s night’s ep.
“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.
But don’t go feeling sorry for Ferg. Variety reports his last contract with CBS ensured him a payout of an estimated $8 million to $10 million once the Eye decided not to bestow upon him The Late Show slot.
“During his 10 years as host, Craig has elevated CBS to new creative and competitive heights at 12:30,” CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tasller said in a release. “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.”
CBS already ruled out E! show host Chelsea Handler for the gig, and she’s rumored to be in talks with Netflix for a new show. But Neil Patrick Harris might be in the running. The How I Met Your Mother alum is believed to be interested in the job, and who wouldn’t love that? No one.
During his run, Fergy earned a Peabody in 2009 and an Emmy nod in ’06.