Ferguson Makes It Official

Craig Ferguson makes it official: he’s leaving the Late Late Show.

Since David Letterman announced his retirement in 2015, there was much speculation about what that would mean for Craig Ferguson. Despite his lucrative protection clause guaranteeing him $10,000,000 if he didn’t get first rights to Late Show, CBS selected Stephen Colbert‘s cultural-political appeal to Ferguson’s signature irreverence. While critics widely praised this move, it did leave Ferguson the odd man out.

Craig Ferguson has hosted the Late Late Show longer than anyone else, premiering his version January 3, 2005. He is known for an unconventional monologue, his Robot Skeleton sidekick, and his unstructured, insightful interviews.

Ferguson made sure to declare that he is leaving Late Late Show of his own accord — he wasn’t pushed out and doesn’t feel slighted that he was overlooked for Letterman’s show. Instead, he says he had been considering his own retirement from Late Late Show for the last two years.

Craig Ferguson is leaving at the end of his contract in December 2014.

Here is Letterman’s reaction to Craig Ferguson’s retirement announcement:

Never Too Late for Burbank

New York took The Tonight Show so what about Burbank taking the Late Show? In a sign that SoCal’s entertainment industry is a priority of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s administration, he asked CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves to consider moving the Late Show to Los Angeles.

Read the full article in the Los Angeles Times.

Colbert, Ferguson, Rumored to Take Letterman Spot

Popular speculation has it that Stephen Colbert is a likely candidate to succeed David Letterman when he retires in 2015, CBS however has not commented. Craig Ferguson, host of the Late Late Show that follows Letterman isn’t seen as a viable contender, but his contract apparently includes a clause giving him $8 to $12 million if not given the Late Show.

Read the full article in Variety.