Craig Ferguson Gets Late Late Show Chair

The wee hours of TV had better get ready for a Scots burr: Craig Ferguson will be named the new permanent host of CBS’s The Late Late Show, according to trade reports and The New York Times.

Selected from four finalists, Ferguson, best known to Americans as the boss on ABC’s The Drew Carey Show (which wrapped up last summer), will replace Craig Kilborn as host of the late-night talk show, which follows the Late Show With David Letterman in the 12:35 a.m. slot.

Kilborn Offers His Late Late Goodbye

Craig Kilborn said so long to viewers of CBS’s Late Late Show on Friday, wrapping up five seasons as host after having announced two weeks ago that he was ready to leave.

“It’s one of the happiest days of my life, and I’ll tell you why,” Kilborn, 42, said on the air. “I got to do a dream job. … My job is done here. It’s time for me to move on. I dreamed of early retirement, and that’s probably what I got.”

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Replacements Lining Up for Kilborn's Job

With just two weeks remaining on Craig Kilborn’s contract, CBS spokesman Chris Ender says, “The search for the new Late Late Show host begins immediately.”

So far, no plans are in place once Kilborn exits on Aug. 27. The host, who turns 42 on Aug. 24, said of his reasons for leaving: “I can now focus on writing and producing different television projects I haven’t had time for.”

Craig Kilborn Leaving Late, Late Show

Craig Kilborn is taking an early retirement from the Late, Late Show, the show’s network, CBS, has announced.

A network spokesman says that Kilborn will not renew his contract, which was expected to end later this year. Some sources familiar with the negotiations claimed to Reuters that Kilborn’s representatives were seeking a pay increase, but other sources disputed that as the reason for his departure.

KILBORN: GOOD BOY

Talk show host Craig Kilborn, who takes over CBS’ “The Late, Late Show” tonight, may be a smart aleck, but he’s certainly not arrogant, his former college basketball coach says. In one of many promotional spots for his show, Kilborn says he played Division I basketball at Montana State in Bozeman until his senior year (he graduated in 1984), when his coach told him he was too selfish and arrogant. “Now I have my own talk show on CBS,” he says in the ad. But his former coach, Stu Starner, says he never thought of Kilborn as arrogant. “That’s a line,” he said.