In what is sure to be another grand shake up in the realm of late night television, Craig Ferguson announced he will step down from The Late Late Show in December, which reflects a similar move made by his show’s producer David Letterman back on April 3. Sometimes television politics are a bit shady, but the Scottish funnyman made sure to reiterate that the decision to depart was all his and that he and CBS remain on good terms.
“I’ve been doing this show for 10 years,” he said during the open of Monday’s episode. “That’s enough.”
Craig Ferguson began hosting The Late Late Show in 2005 and was nominated for an Emmy the following year. When Letterman announced his departure from the Late Show, Ferguson’s name briefly was considered as a suitable replacement in the media. But that dream soon turned to ashes as Steve Colbert was selected to replace Letterman days later.
However, Ferguson steadfastly stated that he would have refused any promotion to The Late Show and planned on leaving anyway. “Ten years is a very long time in one job — for me,” he told Variety. “I wanted to leave the show before I stopped enjoying it. That was my goal. I didn’t want it to be a chore. …The whole idea is that show business should have some adventure to it, I think. It’s not about knowing what you’re doing day in and day out, year after year.”
Ferguson, 51, has several projects in the works, including Celebrity Name Game, a game show slated to air this fall.