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Craig Ferguson Retiring in December from 'Late Late Show' (Video)

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Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 11:48 AM

By Alexandra Ward

Craig Ferguson, longtime funnyman and face of CBS' "The Late Late Show," announced this week he will step down and retire from the show at the end of this year.

The 51-year-old Scot revealed his future plans during Monday's taping.

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"CBS and I are not getting divorced, we are 'consciously uncoupling,' but we will still spend holidays together and share custody of the fake horse and robot skeleton, both of whom we love very much," he said. "I'll be stepping down at the end of this year in December. ... Then I'll go and do something else, probably. I'm thinking carpentry, but I haven't made my mind up yet. I don't know what I'm going to do yet but I feel doing this show for 10 years, that's enough."

Ferguson, who took over for former host Craig Kilborn in 2005, emphasized that the decision to leave was solely his.

"This is not Jay [Leno], Conan [O'Brien] of NBC," he said, referring to the "Tonight Show" debacle of 2009-2010. "This is not Dave [Letterman] and Jay all these years ago. It's not that."

CBS suffered a similar late-night shakeup earlier this month when Letterman announced he would be retiring next year. Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert has since been tapped to replace the legendary host.

CBS execs lamented Ferguson's imminent departure but provided no details about the future of "The Late Late Show."

"During his 10 years as host, Craig has elevated CBS to new creative and competitive heights at 12:30," Nina Tassler, the network's entertainment chairman, said in a statement. "He infused the broadcast with tremendous energy, unique comedy, insightful interviews, and some of the most heartfelt monologues seen on television."

Many Ferguson fans took to Twitter to give the host a proper sendoff.

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