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Published on May 1st, 2014 | by Nick Kitchen

Uber-Whovian Craig Ferguson Leaving Late, Late Show in December

In what will likely be seen as a reaction to Stephen Colbert being tapped as David Letterman’s replacement, Late, Late Show host Craig Ferguson has announced that he will be leaving the programme in December.

The actor/comedian had this to say during his announcement on Monday:

About two years ago, I had decided after eight years…that it was probably time for me to move on and do something else. And CBS came to me at that time and said, ‘Well, you could hang around and we’ll give you a fancy new studio and a podium for your gay robot skeleton and a stable for your horse and an invisible band behind a curtain. We’ll give you all the trappings of late night television.’

However, after extending for a couple more years, Ferguson announced his leavetaking:

I’ll be stepping down at the end of this year, in December. 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 yet, but I feel doing this show for 10 years, that’s enough.

It is safe to say that there really hasn’t been a better friend to Doctor Who in US late night television than Ferguson. From consistently having the likes of Matt Smith and Karen Gillan on the show to hosting the wildly popular Doctor Who panel at Comic-Con, Craig Ferguson has frequently flown his fan flag proudly. He will be missed, as there really isn’t anything else like his Late, Late Show on American TV…save maybe Conan, but he’s cable based now and as of writing, I’m unsure about his feelings on Doctor Who.

To celebrate Craig’s time on the show, let’s recall the famous opening that was never aired for Matt Smith’s first appearance on the Late, Late Show

Perhaps Craig’s next move might bring him to finally being on Doctor Who? Ferguson might make an offbeat and interesting choice as the Master…

(Via Yahoo TV.)

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4 Responses to Uber-Whovian Craig Ferguson Leaving Late, Late Show in December

  1. avatar rickjlundeen says:

    Craig worked for Letterman’s company and knowing the idiocy of network suits, they had built into Craig’s contract that if Craig was not given Letterman’s slot after he leaves, Craig gets a 10 million dollar pay out. So there you go– well played Mr. Ferguson! He’s definitely the best guy on the late night talk show circuit over here. Hoping that Capaldi gets the chance to make one appearance on his show before he’s gone.

  2. avatar TimeChaser says:

    I was hoping that Craig would get the Late Show host job after Letterman departed. It would have been nice to have Doctor Who guests on a higher profile late night show. I was disappointed when I heard the news Craig himself would be leaving the Late Late Show after this year. His has really been the only US talk show to majorly feature Doctor Who stars as guests.


  3. I love Ferguson but he’s on so late I rarely get a chance to watch. Would be nice to see him get a talk show in an earlier time slot.

  4. avatar drewboynton says:

    I would bet that we’ll see Craig on DW in some capacity in the near future. There’s too many ties there, especially he and Peter Capaldi being long-time friends. Craig just had Billie Piper on the other night in a very funny interview. I’m actually a little worried that with Craig leaving late night, that DW’s profile might drop a bit in the US. (I mean, who else on TV has a TARDIS sitting on their desk every night?)

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