“But I think the whole idea is that you can have evolving opinions about things.”. Ferguson's final episode started with the usual cold open, but this time showing a montage of friends from the show while they performed Dead Man Fall's song "Bang Your Drum". Over time, this segment expanded to include short skits and musical sessions often involving puppets, and occasional interaction with members of the studio audience. So to get over that phobia, he decided to take flying lessons. Ferguson has had many running gags. If you can.. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. edge ahead of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Late Late Show with 2.1 million total viewers, compared to Fallon's 1.75 million and Ferguson's 1.6 million.. “It seems to me that the climate of the day is that if you disagree with what someone thinks, you get called a fucking Nazi,” he says. He specializes in entertainment, film, and celebrity news. “Why the fuck would I want do that? With 10 years of experience in late night under his belt, Ferguson reportedly wants to move on to a more suitable time slot than the 12:35 a.m. one he’d been occupying. “Though it was very loose—my late-night show was about as loose as you get on late-night television—there’s still a sort of institutionalized mindset that I developed, no one put it on me, but I developed in the sense that I better be careful.”. This is something I’m doing now. ", Ferguson earned the prestigious award for excellence in broadcasting for his interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Anne Hathaway's Throwback Pic Proves She Was Born To Portray A Witch, This Is Emma Roberts’ Favorite Romcom... And It Stays In The Family. Craig Ferguson is no longer the host of "The Late Late Show." If so, then good for you. Cameos included: Kevin Bacon, Kristen Bell, Jack Black, Pierce Brosnan, Steve Carell, Don Cheadle, Kristin Chenoweth, Marion Cotillard, Tenacious D, Jeff Daniels, Ted Danson, Kat Dennings, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Carl Edwards, Cedric the Entertainer, Tony Hale, Jon Hamm, Sean Hayes, Samuel L. Jackson, Rashida Jones, Toby Keith, Jimmy Kimmel, Larry King, Angela Kinsey, Lisa Kudrow, Mila Kunis, Thomas Lennon, Justin Long, Jane Lynch, James Marsden, Matthew McConaughey, Mary McCormack, Joel McHale, Tim Meadows, Metallica, Kunal Nayyar, Geoff Peterson, Regis Philbin, Ray Romano, Bob Saget, Kyra Sedgwick (plus dog Lily), William Shatner, Michael Sheen, Dax Shepard, Quentin Tarantino, Josh Robert Thompson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Betty White, Henry Winkler, Shailene Woodley, Weird Al Yankovic, and various friends. While Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, and David Letterman may be known as being those who made the genre pop, Craig reconstructed it... Rather, he deconstructed it. “But the key to it is this: I don’t feel settled into anything.  Ferguson stated in an interview with Playboy magazine that the impetus behind starting to do the puppets is hearing an episode of Jonesy's Jukebox during his drive in to work where "The Lonely Goatherd" was played. (AP Photo/CBS, Sonja Flemming). Not only does Craig have a massive stand-up comedy career, but he was also part of an incredibly successful sitcom (The Drew Carey Show), is an award-winning writer/director, a best-selling author, and had a talk show with undeniably the biggest cult following around. How Close Are 'Friends' Stars Matthew Perry And Matt LeBlanc Today. I did a little bit, but they didn't like me and I wasn't crazy about them. There's another opening at Comedy Central, which is looking to replace "The Colbert Report" when it ends at the end of the year. It’s still me, but it’s not that me.”, He continues: “I used to be in a punk rock band saying, ‘You’ll never get me in a suit sitting behind a desk,’ and there you go—I did it for 10 years.”. The character's return occurred during a Tweets and E-mails segment in January. Next: The 15 Sickest Cars From Jay Leno’s Garage, Ranked. “It’s a great day for America!” Craig Ferguson exclaimed at the top of nearly all his 2,000-plus Late Late Show episodes from 2004 to 2014. or redistributed. CBS said it plans to continue "The Late Late Show" and will be searching for another host. Absofuckinglutely not. ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. Or revisit his 2009 interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, which won Ferguson a Peabody, for proof, as the awards organization noted, of Ferguson’s unique ability: insisting that “one of the silliest hours on television (what with the trademark hand puppets and skeleton robots) could also be one of the smartest.”, “I can’t envision a time where I would be able to do comedy where it’s like, ‘Hey, aren’t bananas weird?’ and such,” Ferguson says, as we talk about Just Being Honest continuing, as its title suggests, his grand tradition of public honesty, this time through the lens of aging (the joys of colonoscopies), nostalgia (partying with Mick Jagger), and a hatred of those shoes that look like feet. CBS passed over Ferguson to choose Stephen Colbert as the new host of Late Show beginning sometime in 2015, reportedly viewing Ferguson as too much of a niche performer to succeed Letterman. After another commercial break, Ferguson is seated behind his desk, where he usually reads and responds to viewer emails and (since February 2010) tweets from his proclaimed "robot skeleton army". ", During the week ending March 31, 2006, The Late Late Show attracted an average of 1.9 million total viewers, a number that increased to 2.0 million a year later. So in that sense maybe it is a piece of art, it didn't exist and now it does. But Ferguson is no longer a citizen of the U.K. On Jan. 25, 2008, Ferguson passed his U.S. citizenship test and was sworn in on Feb. 1, 2008. Ferguson subsequently came through with the followers and Imahara came through with the robot. Given that he apparently received multiple millions and that he was totally done with late-night, it seems believable that Craig actually wasn't upset about not filling David Letterman's shoes.