Leno to Appear on Craig Ferguson, Just About the Only Late Night Show Where He is Welcome
Jay Leno is something of a pariah in the late night world these days, having pissed off or screwed over fellow hosts like David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and Jimmy Kimmel, but Leno is set to appear on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at the end of the month. Late Late Show is produced by Leno’s longtime rival David Letterman, via his company Worldwide Pants, and airs on Leno’s rival network, CBS. Craig Ferguson, who stayed out of the Late Night Wars this last go-around and doesn’t seem to detest/fear Leno like his peers, appeared on The Tonight Show last year to promote the Winnie the Pooh movie. Leno hasn’t made an appearance on another late night show since popping up on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2008 and on Late Night with Conan in 1999 before that. After Jay Leno has been forced by NBC to take a 50% paycut and to fire 20+ staffers this year, Craig Ferguson should be wary of letting this guy onto his turf.
In other late night news, Paul Shaffer spoke to TV Guide Canada about wanting to wind down his gig as Letterman’s bandleader soon:
“We’ve been on 30 years so now we’ve got another two years [under contract]… I’m going to be certainly ready to lie down after that, take a nap… But once again, life is nutty – anything can happen. I’ve been so lucky and blessed to be working this long in show business. And whatever happens now is just gravy to me.”