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Jimmy Kimmel Tries to Convince Craig Ferguson to Stay on Late Night

It's unfortunate that CBS only uploaded a minute and a half of Craig Ferguson's fantastic interview with Jimmy Kimmel from Friday, because it's loaded with some great insight on what both late night hosts have learned from their jobs as well as why Ferguson has absolutely no desire to stick around. If there's a quote of the year for Ferguson, it's this one: "It's a short time on this planet, man. It's a date, and then a hyphen, and then another date. And we're the hyphen. And I'm like, 'I'm not spending the whole time talking to fucking celebrities, man. I'm not doing it.'"

CBS Officially Names James Corden the Next 'Late Late Show' Host

Last month, news broke that Tony-winning British performer James Corden had been named the new host of The Late Late Show, and today CBS officially confirmed the update. Corden will take over for Ferguson after he leaves this December, and in the meantime Corden stars in Begin Again with Kiera Knightley and Mark Ruffalo as well as the upcoming Disney musical Into the Woods with Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, and Emily Blunt. Here's Corden's official statement regarding his Late Late Show hiring:

"I can't describe how thrilled and honored I am to be taking over from the brilliant Craig Ferguson. To be asked to host such a [...]

CBS Exec Says New Craig Ferguson Replacement Might Not Be a Talk Show

It's been three months since Craig Ferguson announced he's leaving CBS's The Late Late Show in December, and the network has yet to say who his replacement will be. CBS entertainment chief  Nina Tassler, in a Q&A with TV critics today said that the network's new 12:35am program might not even be a talk show. Here's what she had to say:

"There’s certainly a knee-jerk reaction to go for a more traditional, behind-the-desk interview format, but who knows? This is an opportunity us look at all kinds of hosts — not only from the comic world, but maybe the political world. Right now, we’re doing our homework [...]

Why Joel McHale Is the Frontrunner for CBS's 'Late Late Show'

After a decade behind the desk, Craig Ferguson is set to depart CBS's 12:35 am program, The Late Late Show, in December. After a picture appeared on Twitter of Joel McHale having drinks with CBS boss Les Moonves, blogs like Complex and Uproxx have begun to speculate that McHale is the first choice for the job, and they're probably right.

Here are some reasons Joel McHale is near the top of CBS's list:

  • He's one of the most experienced TV hosts going, having anchored E!'s The Soup since 2004.
  • His schedule is now free with Community having been canceled by NBC last week, and that [...]

Who Will Replace David Letterman on 'Late Show'?

David Letterman announced his retirement from late night at the taping of tonight's episode of Late Show. Letterman has been one of the most prolific late night hosts of all-time, hosting NBC's Late Night from 1982 to 1993 and CBS's Late Show from 1993 until next year, but who will take over once he retires? As with Late Night, Letterman was the first host of Late Show, and we've assembled a list of 9 people likely to be on the shortlist to become the second host of Late Show.

It should be noted that while this is a great opportunity to diversify late night, we’re not expecting much from CBS. [...]

Craig Ferguson Reveals His Worst 'Late Late Show' Guest Ever

How angry was Craig Ferguson when he found out that he didn't get Letterman's gig? Who was the worst guest ever during his stint on Late Late Show? Did CBS give him a huge consolation payout for not taking over Late Show? Ferguson answered two out of these three questions on Watch What Happens Live, but it's pretty easy to see through his poker face during that last response.

Craig Ferguson Has a New Talk Show Gig Lined Up

Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson might be leaving late night this December, but that doesn't mean he'll be leaving the talk show circuit too. Variety reports that the CBS host is currently in final negotiations to host a daily syndicated half-hour talk show to air on Tribune stations at 7:00pm, with a premiere date slated for sometime in fall 2015. Late Late Show executive producer Michael Naidus is also expected to serve as showrunner, and according to THR, the new talk show will tape in the same studio Ferguson uses for Late Late Show and "be quite similar to his current series — with occasional guest [...]

Why CBS Should Audition Its Potential 'Late Late Show' Hosts On Air Again

In the summer of 2004, host Craig Kilborn abruptly departed CBS's nightly 12:35am program The Late Late Show, and the network made a rather unusual choice when it came to selecting the show's next host: for the first and only time in late night history, CBS auditioned all of its potential hosts on air, letting its audience in on the host selection process that has always taken place behind closed doors.

Inspired by the success of Live with Regis and Kathie Lee finding Kathie Lee Gifford replacement Kelly Ripa via on-air auditions, CBS tried out 22 different Late Late Show hosts on air over the course of three months in the [...]

Here's What David Letterman Said About Craig Ferguson's Retirement from Late Night

"[Craig Ferguson's] show was unlike any other late night show, and I’m telling you, to be unique in the world of television – virtually impossible. So, congratulations to Craig on a great run, and we all wish you well!"

- David Letterman last night, paying tribute to his fellow retiring CBS late night host, Craig Ferguson.

Craig Ferguson and Drew Carey Hosted Each Other's Shows This Morning

As announced a couple weeks back, Craig Ferguson and Drew Carey took over hosting duties on each other's shows today for April Fool's Day. Carey hosted the latest episode of Ferguson's The Late Late Show (watch his monologue above), while Ferguson is hosting this morning's episode of Carey's show, The Price Is Right, with Geoff the skeleton joining him as co-host. Check out Carey's full episode of The Late Late Show here.

Craig Ferguson Gives Seth Meyers Some Late Night Hosting Advice

Outgoing CBS late night host Craig Ferguson was a guest on last night's Late Night and offered up some priceless talk show hosting advice in the process: Stay with it, dance for nickels, and accept the certainty that you're going to go crazy. Watch another clip from the interview below:

British Comedian James Corden to Take Over for Craig Ferguson on 'The Late Late Show'

CBS has chosen its replacement for Craig Ferguson. The Wrap reports that the network has British comedian James Corden set to take over The Late Late Show when Ferguson leaves at the end of this year. Corden stars in the upcoming Disney film Into the Woods as well as Begin Again, which is currently out in theaters.

Next up for Ferguson is a new hosting job on game show Celebrity Name Game, which is set to debut this fall.

CBS Says They're Not in Talks with Joel McHale to Take Over 'The Late Late Show'

With NBC having canceled Community last week and freeing up star Joel McHale in the process, many have speculated that he'd be groomed to take over CBS's soon-to-be-vacated 12:35 am program The Late Late Show, but CBS boss Les Moonves is now insisting that the network is not in talks with McHale.

Speculation began this week after especially after Moonves's wife Julie Chen tweeted out a picture of her, her husband, and McHale, but Moonves said, during an interview with Bloomberg Television, it was just a chance meeting at a party and "there was no discussion about 12:30." He explained, "We were at a party the other night. We [...]

Craig Ferguson Announces He's Leaving 'Late Late Show' in December

Craig Ferguson announced on his show last night that he's leaving the hosting gig at the end of the year. Ferguson has hosted Late Late Show since 2005, infusing it with some of late night's most delightfully weird concepts such as challenging guests to try for a Golden Mouth Organ award, Secretariat the dancing pantomime horse, and his robot skeleton sidekick Geoff Peterson. Variety reports that Ferguson wanted to announce his departure as early as last summer but held off until now, and taking over for Letterman was never something he wanted to do:

"I had no desire — none — to do that job. I [...]