Monday, April 28, 2014

Craig Ferguson will leave CBS

He decided not to renew his contract and announced it on his show, according to Bill Carter at the New York Times.

It's a shame but not unexpected. Ferguson has always been the odd man out in late night: he doesn't seem interested in being a Carson clone, but he hasn't established a different model as Jon Stewart has. My guess is that the stripped-down, low-key atmosphere of his show turned off people before they could tune into his sly humor. Once Colbert was announced to be Letterman's replacement, with Letterman's blessing, Ferguson didn't have a future at CBS, and he knew it.

I hope he finds another gig that will allow more people to discover how talented and funny he is.

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