April 15, 2014 at 5:55 am #316399
The late night game of musical chairs is about to end – and David
Letterman’s one-time protégé looks like he’ll be the one without a seat.
CBS’ “Late Late Show” host Craig Ferguson has lost his champion –
Letterman himself – and faces an uncertain future. “He’s not exactly in
the driver’s seat when it comes down to negotiating (a new deal),” a
source close to Ferguson told The News.
Ferguson is not likely to be back when his current contract expires in
June 2015, sources said. But that contract has a clause that pays him as
much as $10 million if he did not get Letterman’s job when the legendary
comic retired. This week, he learned he didn’t get the gig – it went to
Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert. Executives at the network said
Ferguson wasn’t even considered to replace Letterman because the focus
of his talk show is “too narrow.” They are also disappointed that it
never became a ratings smash.
Ferguson’s show is part of a unique deal Letterman worked out with CBS
shortly after he started at “The Late Show” in 1993 when the network was
desperate to negotiate a long-term extension with the gap-toothed
funnyman. In what has been described as one of the most creative deals
in television, CBS gave Letterman and his production company, Worldwide
Pants, control of the 12:30 a.m. slot following “The Late Show.”
Worldwide Pants created “The Late Late Show” in January 1995 with Tom
Snyder as the host. Snyder was succeeded in 1999 by Craig Kilborn, who
was replaced in 2005 by Ferguson.
With Letterman out of the picture next year, Ferguson is negotiating
with CBS instead of Letterman’s production company as he has in the
past. And CBS isn’t negotiating back. Instead, the network is talking to
Chelsea Handler, the host of “Chelsea Lately” on E!, sources said.April 15, 2014 at 6:14 am #316401
This is sad. Craig Ferguson is one of the funniest men alive, and to lose him would be sad – but he could always get Colbert’s spot on Comedy Central, no?April 15, 2014 at 6:16 am #316402
This is sad. Craig Ferguson is one of the funniest men alive, and to lose him would be sad – but he could always get Colbert’s spot on Comedy Central, no?
That would be a demotion.April 15, 2014 at 7:00 am #316403
CBS would be shooting themselves in the foot if they got rid of Ferguson. If Scotland goes independent this year, there is a new potential market for Craig’s show to appeal to. I understand the demand for more women to host talk shows, but they need to be talented as do male hosts. Ferguson has talent and I see no reason to get rid of him because Lettermen is going. Its risky, but we’ll see what happens.April 15, 2014 at 7:39 am #316404
Chelsea Handler belongs nowhere near a network with her own show. She is just awful.April 15, 2014 at 8:06 am #316405
[quote=”EmmyFan123″]This is sad. Craig Ferguson is one of the funniest men alive, and to lose him would be sad – but he could always get Colbert’s spot on Comedy Central, no?
That would be a demotion. [/quote]
Yeah, but at least we would have a gig