Craig to Leave Late Late Show02 Craig Ferguson (63) sl
We said we’d wait to hear it from the horse’s mouth, and so we have: Craig Ferguson is leaving The Late Late Show in December. He made the announcement on Monday’s show. The network released the news shortly after the show was taped at CBS Television City on Monday afternoon. The news was carried by multiple news outlets, including The Hollywood Reporter, Broadcasting & Cable, TV Guide and many more. There will be plenty more news in the coming days, talking about Craig’s departure and possible successors, and as always, we’ll keep you up date on reliable reports. For now, here is the best of them so far, from the lovely and talented Cynthia Littleton at Variety.

CBS News Release
Below is the full text of the CBS news release:

CRAIG FERGUSON ANNOUNCES PLANS TO STEP DOWN AS HOST OF “THE LATE LATE SHOW”

Critically Acclaimed Host of the Peabody Award-Winning Late Night Show to Sign Off in December

Craig Ferguson announced today that he has decided to step down as host of THE LATE LATE SHOW in December 2014.

Ferguson broke the news this afternoon to his studio audience during the taping of the show, which will be broadcast at 12:37-1:37 AM, ET/PT.

“During his 10 years as host, Craig has elevated CBS to new creative and competitive heights at 12:30,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment. “He infused the broadcast with tremendous energy, unique comedy, insightful interviews and some of the most heartfelt monologues seen on television.”

Added Tassler, “Craig’s versatile talents as a writer, producer, actor and comedian speak to his great days ahead. 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.”

Said 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 has several projects in the works, including hosting “Celebrity Name Game,” a syndicated game show beginning fall 2014, as well as developing television projects via his Green Mountain West production company.

Since its debut in 2005, THE LATE LATE SHOW with CRAIG FERGUSON has won critical acclaim for its unpredictable style and its host’s versatility and charm. The Scottish-born actor, writer, director and producer brought a unique approach to late night television, earning the show a Peabody Award in 2009, and an Emmy Award nomination for himself in 2006. The program’s signatures include an extended, unscripted monologue and guest interviews noted for their free-wheeling nature.

Ferguson has also received critical praise for his more serious commentaries, notably on the passing of his father, the Boston Marathon bombing, obtaining his U.S. citizenship and dealing with his own addictions after Britney Spears’ infamous meltdown in 2007.

He has taken THE LATE LATE SHOW out of the studio with remotes from the streets of Paris and Scotland, as well as broadcasts from Miami and New Orleans in conjunction with CBS’s coverage of the 2009 and 2013 Super Bowls. He also hosted the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2008 after becoming a U.S. citizen.

THE LATE LATE SHOW with CRAIG FERGUSON is broadcast weeknights (12:37-1:37 AM, ET/PT). Peter Lassally is the executive producer; Michael Naidus is the producer.

What’s Ahead for Craig?
As the release above indicates, Craig has lots of projects going on, not the least of which is a new, daily game show called Celebrity Name Game, which debuts this fall on stations across most of the country. He’s also executive producing shows like Naked After Dark and Shark After Dark for the Discovery Channel, as well as the new I F-ing Love Science for the Science Channel this fall. He is also an executive producer and screenwriter for an upcoming feature film Last Man Out, based on the novel Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville. He’s on the road for a few dozen dates a year as a stand up comedian. And he keeps saying he might write a follow-up novel to Between The Bridge and the River. Plus, he’s hard at work being a father, so he has plenty to keep him busy. The decision doesn’t come as a surprise to us, with all he’s been building in recent years. Our take: This is a new beginning for Craig, just one of many new beginnings he’s had in his life that have led him to better and better things.

Craig’s Announcement
In case you missed it, here is the full announcement from Monday night’s show:

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  • Stefan

    The best there ever was.. the best there ever will be

  • Lisa Heydon

    Sweetie — good for you!!! Although I love your show, your antics, and most of all the skillful, heartfelt way you interview the various celebs that come and go, and I shall MISS seeing you in this venue, I am a great advocate for change = growth. Painful as change can be, it’s necessary to keep those juices flowing…so, my Friend, as we say in the Navy, “Fair Winds and Following Seas.” BEST of luck in your new endeavors, as you continue to hone your skills and mold yourself into the best that you can be!

  • Rand

    Craig, you are IRREPLACEABLE as the host of the show. The gay robot skeleton. The not a real f***ing horse. The awesome, bold, unrehearsed, improvised, completely honorable and respectable aspects of your show. I’ve tried to watch every show for years! Late night television will become nearly useless when you are gone! There will be NO filling the void. This bad news is almost like hearing a relative has died.

  • RS

    I think Craig is better at hosting a late night talk show than any of his competitors. He has so much wit, charm, and intelligence that it makes him a pleasure to watch. And what’s more, it’s not maufactured by a room full of people scripting his every move. I think he’s leaving before it’s time, but I wish him well and I understand some of the frustration he probably felt, at not getting the support he deserved for the show from the powers that be.
    I have to shake my head though, at the fact that the best talk show host working late night today is the one who is leaving. When Craig leaves, my late night viewing ends. Actually, my network TV viiewing ends. His is basically the only show I watch regularly on network television.I have no interest in watching any of the other late night shows. I hope that maybe at some point, Craig will be interested in doing another daily or weekly show that will allow him to use his great talents for off-the-wall comedy and intelligent conversation. I’d come back to anywhere he is on TV for that.

  • Phil Desaulniers

    THERE IS NO GOD!!!

  • mr_progo

    (Tutti frutti!) :(

  • Annica

    I had a feeling this was coming. A year ago this would’ve made me devastated but after watching the show religiously for three and a half years (every single episode) I quit back in October. I wasn’t enjoying it anymore. It was too silly and I could see how bored Craig was starting to get. He was great a few years ago and his monologues and interviews the first years were outstanding (I’ve been watching on YouTube) but then he brought in the horse and the robot. It’s been fun at times but I’ve always felt like it was for him and not for us. Because he needed some entertainment for himself. And lately his “I don’t give a rats ass” attitude has been a bit too much for me. Somewhere down the road he gave up and that made the show different and less enjoyable for me. Sad but true. He’s a talented man though and I wish him the best of luck. I’m looking forward to see what happens next.

  • RSA Faithful in CA

    Positively gutted to learn that my favorite tv host is moving on to other projects. Craig is an exceedingly clever and talented man, I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised by the big news, but I was. I will certainly continue to support any project Craig is involved in. I’ll likely give up late night talk shows entirely come December, I KNOW I’m going to miss Craig on The Late, Late Show once his run is over. #RSAfaithful

  • Robert T. Swem

    Craig Ferguson – You and Dave were and still are the best ever!

  • Artemus Rex

    Even though it is sad to see Craig leaving late night, I will continue to be his fan and catch whatever he does. See you at the next of your stand up show that blow through my area. #RSAproud

  • withsix

    I just want to curl up in a corner and wish I never heard this news. He’s the best thing going on TV right now, and I dread the day the LLS with Craig Ferguson ends.

  • Shawn

    I respect whatever decision Craig makes about his future, but for selfish reasons I REALLY wish he chose something that would make better use of his genius than a gameshow :/