Craig Ferguson announced he is signing off from the Late Late Show during the taping of last night’s show. The host, who has been with the show since 2005, will step down in December. “CBS and I are not getting divorced, we are ‘consciously uncoupling,’ but we will still spend holidays together and share custody of the fake horse and robot skeleton, both of whom we love very much,” Craig joked during the show. News of Craig’s departure from the Late Late Show came as his contract with CBS was set to expire this summer.
“During his 10 years as a host, Craig has elevated CBS to new creative and competitive heights at 12:30,” CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler said in a release. “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.” CBS president Leslie Moonves has reportedly been looking for candidates outside the traditional mix, with Neil Patrick Harris believed to be interested in the job. Meanwhile, the Ferguson already has a few projects lined up, which includes hosting the new game show Celebrity Name Game. ~Alexandra Sharova