CBS is already shaking up their late night talk show setup by having Stephen Colbert replace David Letterman on “The Late Show” when the comedian retire from his post sometime in 2015, but now they have to find another replacement for their late, late night talk show.
During a taping of “The Late Late Show” on Monday, THR reports host Craig Ferguson announced that he would be leaving the show at the end of the year. While this is undoubtedly a bit of a bummer for fans of the niche late night host, it’s not all that unexpected. Here’s Ferguson making a brief announcement of his departure from last night’s show:
The reason this isn’t all that surprising is for two reasons. First of all, with Ferguson being passed over for “The Late Show” chair, there’s really no place left for him to go. There’s no room for promotion, and this is as good as it’s going to get for him at CBS. And when that happens at any other job, you have to move on. It all works out since Ferguson’s contract was set to expire after this year anyway.
Secondly, with David Letterman leaving CBS, there’s really no reason for his Worldwide Pants production banner to continue to produce “The Late Late Show” as they’ve been doing during Letterman’s tenure. That was basically an extra perk for Letterman’s company while the comedian stayed in business at CBS. But since he’s leaving the network, Worldwide Pants wasn’t going to be producing “The Late Late Show” anymore, so it was getting shaken up anyway.
Of course, Ferguson mentioned the fact that there are no hard feelings, and CBS made sure to sing his praises in their own statement saying:
“During his 10 years as host, Craig has elevated CBS to new creative and competitive heights at 12:30. He infused the broadcast with tremendous energy, unique comedy, insightful interviews and some of the most heartfelt monologues seen on television. 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.”
So what’s next for “The Late Late Show” with Ferguson planning his exit? Well, a new host will be needed, and considering the plethora of options CBS must have checked out when looking for a Letterman replacement, they already have their research done. However, some of the higher profile options won’t want the later night slot after “The Late Show,” so the potential replacements may not be as plentiful.
THR thinks Aisha Tyler might be a good progressive decision since she’s not a white guy, but CBS might also be interested in their “How I Met Your Mother” star ant Tony Awards host Neil Patrick Harris (he was considered for “The Late Show” as well). And if you’re thinking this might be the job that Chelsea Handler is up for after leaving her show on E!, the network has already said that they’re not interested in the comedienne for a job at this time.
Frankly, I’d love to see Sarah Silverman take a crack at hosting a show like this. Or if CBS isn’t comfortable venturing out of the white guy comfort zone, maybe Chris Hardwick would be a viable option? He’s got plenty of hosting experience and the same kind of niche audience to bring with him. Of course, he’s rather busy with Nerdist and @Midnight at the moment, not to mention “Talking Dead” when it’s appropriate, so it’s probably not feasible. We’ll just have to see what happens.
Who do you think should replace Craig Ferguson on “The Late Late Show” on CBS?
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