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The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson: Host Plans to Leave?

Craig FergusonBack in January 2005, Craig Ferguson was an odd choice to host a late night talk show. Now that he’s been at it for over 30 months, Ferguson seems like the perfect guy for the job. So why would he want to quit?

A few years back, most only knew Ferguson from his supporting role as boss Nigel Wick on The Drew Carey Show but castmates knew he had far more talent than that. Though Ferguson usually only had a few lines per episode, he made good use of his free time. Carey once noted that while others were in their trailers watching TV or goofing off, Ferguson was writing movies that he could direct and star in. Carey concluded, “If anybody needed a show named after him, it was Craig Ferguson.” Ferguson got one when he was chosen to host the The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS.

In the past two and a half years, Ferguson has grown as a host and has found his own style. He initially opened the show with a scripted monologue but realized that it ultimately didn’t work very well. He now simply improvises a chat about his life or current events. This could be a terribly boring move in the hands of a less-skilled performer, but Ferguson’s show is often the most entertaining of the late night chatfests. As a host, he’s about as close to Johnny Carson as you’re likely to find today. It’s for this reason that the thought of his quitting is so upsetting.

Ferguson recently spoke to the St. Petersburg Times and indicated that he may be leaving the late night show when his six-year contract expires. Unlike many, it seems he doesn’t care for the fame that comes with his high-profile job. He explains, “I just don’t know if I like being that visible,” he said. “I don’t know if I would want to ramp that up any more, you know. And people here find that, I think, quite difficult to [understand].”

Ferguson still has more than three years left on his contract so there’s certainly plenty of time for him to change his mind. For the sake of late night television, let’s hope he does. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

 

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MARILYN January 31, 2011 at 10:56 pm

HAVE U EVER CONSIDERED A NOSE JOB? LOVE U. XXXX

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Nancy Zukoski January 15, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Forget Conan and Leno, Craig Ferguson is much funnier and entertaining than both of them together. Give him the tonite show!

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THE FAMOUS BILLIE STEAVENSON October 6, 2009 at 12:53 am

NO, NO NO!! HOW COULD YOU?! I CAN’T STAND JAY, I CAN’T STAND WATS-HIS-NAME (YOU KNOW THE RED HEAD) OR DAVE. I SHALL PARISH! I DON’T HAVE CABLE, I DON’T HAVE A DISH, I JUST MUTE MY TV, GO TO MY COMPUTER UNTILL YOU APPEAR. NON OF THIS, GET A LIFE BUSINESS, I’M TO OLD, AND BESIDES I’M TO BUSY, AND I’M CRAZY ABOUT YOU, BUT IF YOUR GOING AND THERE’S NOTHING TO HOLD BACK THAT DAWN, YOU WON’T HAVE MY BLESSING. YOU’VE GOT IT AND NO ONE CAN HOLD A CANDLE TO YOU!!!

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Paige September 19, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Yah that sucks, but this is over two years old and he has had his own show for 5 years and if its a 6 year contract… HE CAN’T LEAVE!!! NOT NOW NOT EVER, hes to dam good at it to stop now. But like you katie i’ll support any decision he makes.

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Katie January 2, 2009 at 5:32 pm

He actually said “I might stay…I might go…”. And it’s his decision. I hope he stays too, but i’ll support any decision he makes. :)

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Caroline Desta July 7, 2008 at 6:50 am

Craig Ferguson and Graham Norton are the best hosts EVER!

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babs September 11, 2007 at 12:20 am

i think he is one of the best late night hosts there is but the beginning made it sound like he was quitting now….thank goodness he has 3 years left because he makes this insomniac laugh. i do wish he would go back to coming out from behind the stage like he used to because you never know how he would do it but, in any case, i would much rather see him replace jay than conan. i can understand the privacy issue but i thought he was pretty popular from the drew carey show as it was a big hit. i love craig, babs t.

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Joey Grim August 31, 2007 at 8:35 am

Love your show and it’s fast pace banner! Can you tell me the young blonde piano singer who was on the episode that aired Friday, August 31, 2007? I would love to buy a CD of her music. Loved the song she played and sang on that episode. Thank you.

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