Tuesday, March 19, 2019

CRAIG FERGUSON TO LEAVE LATE-NIGHT TV, TOO

April 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Craig Ferguson opened his Late Late Show Monday night with these words: “Good evening, everyone. Before we begin the show tonight, I’d like to make a special announcement. … And at the end of this year, I will be stepping down as the host of this show. [Audience groans.] Thanks, everybody. That was quite convincing. I’ll be stepping down at the end of this year in December, and then I’ll go and do something else, probably, I’m thinking, carpentry. But I haven’t made my mind up yet. I don’t know what I’m going to do. But I feel like doing this show for 10 years, that’s enough.” He went on to maintain that the decision to step down was his alone and not related to David Letterman’s similar decision to depart. However, he added, he expected that his assertion would not be accepted “in areas of the Internet where truth is of absolutely no interest [or] in the informed entertainment press where the truth is of absolutely no interest but in bigger words. But Variety columnist Brian Lowry, acknowledging that he might be putting himself in that latter category, commented that he found Ferguson’s remarks unconvincing. “This much appears obvious,” he wrote. “While CBS doubtless would have been fine with Ferguson sticking around in his present capacity, the network soured on him at some point in the context of potentially being a viable heir to the 11:35 p.m. showcase. And if he didn’t harbor any aspirations for that bump, the Scotsman would be nearly unique among latenight hosts.”