After 9 years and 11 months, Craig Ferguson signs off from The Late Late Show for the final time tonight at 12:35a on CBS. He is going out in a style that is fitting for the host who is unlike all the others. Several of his guests took part in a song and drum number to open the show and he ends it in a way that will have you missing him on your TVs after midnight.
So thank you to Craig, Geoff Petersen (who is going to be stored according to his creator Grant Imahara) and Secretariat for all the laughs. You will be missed.
Days after James Corden appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Seth Meyers, the future host of The Late Late Show finally appeared on the CBS show he is taking over on March 23rd. Craig Ferguson grilled him to see if he is ready for his new job, and all he could do was laugh because that is what the exiting host does to people. And that is why we are going to miss him.
You know what I found interesting about seeing these two men together, even though Craig is from Scotland, I understood him better than I did Corden who is from England. I thought it was easier to understand the English over the Scottish, but maybe not always.
Kat Dennings was on The Late Late Show on Friday and she talked about filming with a $500,000 Lamborghini on 2 Broke Girls. So Craig Ferguson said that he pictured her driving a Hybrid and she told him she drives a SUV. She explained that she got the gas guzzler to take her cat to the vet. And that is when the departing CBS late night host took the opportunity to ask if her, “Is your pussy sick all the time?”
And that is why we are going to miss him because he the quickest when it comes to double entendres. Late night will be a lot less risque without him and that is not a good thing…:(
Jeff Daniels told Craig Ferguson on The Late Late Show that the day before he was going in for a wardrobe fitting for Dumb and Dumber, his agents told him that they would get him out of the role. The Newsroom star said he really wanted to do the role because he wanted to work with Jim Carrey. So eventually they gave in to him and said OK.
Then the CBS late night host asked him where are those agents now? Harry Dunne admitted that they are no longer with us, and one of them met their fate by “suspect means.”
So the morale of this story is that if your client is Jeff Daniels, let him do whatever movie he wants. Even if you haven’t heard of anything that is dumb or dumber than that film.
Jimmy Kimmel was a guest on The Late Late Show yesterday and the ABC late night host finally got it out of the CBS late night host why he is leaving the show. Basically, Craig Ferguson has had enough and felt it was time to move on. Something Kimmel couldn’t understand at first; but then he remembered when he was doing The Man Show and wasn’t excited to see naked ladies at the Playboy Mansion and realized it was time to move on. On that note, Kimmel also talked about his penis being his prized possession. And on that note, Jimmy tried to buy Craig’s prized possessions, Geoff Petersen and Secretariat, but Ferguson said they are coming with him. Although, if the Robot sidekick had his way, he would switch late night shows. I am going to miss him, maybe Craig can lend him out when Guillermo is on vacation?
Another thing Kimmel interrogated Ferguson about, is why does he rip up the index cards at the start of each interview? Basically, he doesn’t know why.
All in all, it was a great chat between two awesome late night hosts.
CBS announced who will be Craig Ferguson’s last guests on The Late Late Show and his final one is going to be Jay Leno on December 19th. While the former Tonight Show host will be last person to speak with Craig, several of the regulars will be on the show to say goodbye to him. We will see Betty White, Henry Winkler, Carrie Fisher who gave him the kangaroo balls, Mary McCormack who gave him the rattlesnake mug, Kristen Bell and his former co-star Drew Carey to name a few. The only people missing from the final month are Denis Leary and Steven Wright, but I am sure they will find a way to be on the show somehow. At least I hope they do.
To see the final guests, then click here!
CBS has had months to find the perfect replacement for a host to replace Craig Ferguson on The Late Late Show and all they came up with is some British guy named, James Corden.
CBS could’ve broken the late night mold and had a nonwhite male or female host the show, but instead they went with a British white male. It didn’t work with Craig (who’s Scottish), why do they think it is going to work with him? At least Craig was on The Drew Carey Show, so we knew him on TV. We don’t know this guy. Why are we going to tune in?
CBS had the chance to take over late night with Stephen Colbert, but Corden is not going to do that for them. I don’t think people even know that CBS has a Late Late Show, and he isn’t going to help them find it.
I wish I could be more optimistic about him, but at this time there’s no reason.
If I were CBS, I’d have him guest star on all of their sitcoms starting now. Because without any exposure, he will do worse than Craig and Craig isn’t doing that well. He’s the lowest rated late night host and I foresee Corden getting those same numbers.
I could be wrong, but I doubt it.
Today is the CBS TCA Summer Press Day and Chairman, CBS Entertainment, Nina Tassler was asked about the future of their network’s late night talk shows.
As we know, David Letterman is retiring some time next year and Stephen Colbert will be taking over the show. Not only is Dave leaving, but so is Craig Ferguson, who hosts The Late Late Show, at the end of the year.
Up until today that is all we knew. When it comes to The Late Show, as this point CBS does not have a start date for Colbert who’s still hosting his Comedy Central show. The network and him have had some discussions about what he wants to do with the show, but nothing is near being finalized. Tassler said that the two of them will start meeting next month to iron out the rough spots.
Now what about the show that airs at 12:35p? As of now everything is up in the air including the format of it. Tassler said, “There is certainly a knee-jerk reaction to go for a more traditional sort of behind-the-desk interview format, but who knows.” In fact, not only do they not know what type of show they want, they are also not sure what type of host they desire to fill the spot. She admitted not only are they looking at comedians, they are also looking at the political word for someone to sit in that hot seat.
At this point they are keeping a very open mind, and they want to make sure they make the right decision. They made the right decision with Colbert, and I hope they make the right decision for the show that will follow his show.
I tell you, I wouldn’t mind if they did a variety show at 12:35p. I just hope they keep it on the lighter side of things and don’t go political. That is what Jon Stewart is for. What would you like to see happen with that timeslot?
Even though David Letterman has been tossing to Craig Ferguson for over 9 years and co-produces The Late Late Show; it didn’t seem like he knew he was when he told his audience that Craig was leaving the LLS. The Late Show host pretty much read from a cue card as he told the news and that makes me wonder why? Was it because he wanted to express his words properly, but that was a pretty cut and dry statement. Did CBS write the script for him? Or did he not know who the man who follows him is? Whatever the reason I think it was very awkward. Didn’t you find it a little strange too?
What I found ironic about it, is his announcement about Craig is completely opposite of the LLS host. Ferguson always rips up his cue cards before a guest comes out to talk to him. Just an observation.
Craig Ferguson announced tonight on his CBS late night show that he will be leaving The Late Late Show in December.
The news doesn’t come as surprise because his days were numbered as soon as David Letterman (who co-produces LLS) announced he was retiring. The Scot just never got the ratings nor any promotion, so I am sure CBS wanted a clean slate in late night so that they can build an audience with it. Something I don’t think Ferguson ever would’ve been able to do.
His show was unlike the others because he doesn’t have a band, his sidekick is a robot, he has a stable on the set for Secretariat, which is two men in a horse’s costume, and an array of real and fake characters that pop up out of the blue. Not only that, his monologue and interviews are not scripted and he has a segment where he answers your questions and responds to them in his own special way. His show was quirky and because of that he had a niche audience and less famous stars as guests.
So with all of that, I am not surprised that CBS and him are consciously uncoupling as he calls it. Personally, I hope he goes back to acting, something he is much better at and more suited for.
When it comes to who will replace him, please don’t be Chelsea Handler, please, please, please not her. I would love to see it be either Matthew Perry, JB Smoove, Jane Lynch, Nick Cannon (who told me a few weeks ago he isn’t interested in doing a talk show for a few more years) or Tracy Morgan. If CBS could break the must have a man named Jimmy host at 11:35a, then they can break their own Craigs rule for 12:35a. You know since they went from Craig Kilborn to Craig Ferguson, so maybe Craig Bierko is up for the job?
Seriously though, who do you want to host The Late Late Show? Are you going to miss Craig Ferguson?
UPDATE: Here is Craig Ferguson’s announcement on The Late Late Show tonight at 12:35a on CBS.