Ferguson Says "Late Late Show" Exit Was His Own Decision

Ferguson Says "Late Late Show" Exit Was His Own Decision
(Los Angeles, CA) -- Craig Ferguson is making it clear that his exit from "The Late Late Show" has nothing to do with any late-night controversy. In announcing his upcoming departure on Monday's episode of the CBS show, he said he reached the decision completely on his own.
 
Ferguson says the network has been great to him, and the move isn't about not getting David Letterman's job. Letterman announced his retirement from the "Late Show" a few weeks ago, but Ferguson says he didn't want the gig. Now he says he's focused on making his final 150-or-so episodes of "The Late Late Show" before he steps down in December. So far there's no word on who might replace Ferguson, but he says he's looking forward to reading all the media speculation. Stephen Colbert, meanwhile, has been tapped as Letterman's replacement.

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Craig Ferguson says he's stepping down from "The Late Late Show."
Craig Ferguson jokes about his future plans.
Craig Ferguson says his relationship with CBS is good.
Craig Ferguson jokes about his possible replacement.