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(New York Daily News)   Apparently Craig Ferguson's lawyers are the smartest litigators on the planet after having placed a "Letterman retirement clause" in his contract   ( ) divider line
    More: Interesting, David Letterman, Late Show With David Letterman, consolation prize, Jimmy Fallon, Les Moonves, Jimmy Kimmel  
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2014-04-05 11:48:30 AM  
3 votes:
Here's the logical replacement:
2014-04-05 06:00:59 AM  
3 votes:

mactheknife: He's had that clause in his last few contracts.  But with their overall late night haul exceeding $300 million a year, $8-13 million isn't enough to deter CBS from getting someone else if they decide Craig Ferguson's not their best option.

Still a nice payday for being found wanting.  Actually, I like his show.
2014-04-05 05:36:01 PM  
2 votes:
I wish Phil Hartman was still alive.
2014-04-05 08:06:22 AM  
2 votes:

jbc: It will be one of four people: Ferguson, Conan, Jon Stewart or Joel McHale.

Whatever you're smoking, please share with the rest of us. Ferguson isn't "young" enough, Conan already failed in the same timeslot on the younger-skewing NBC, Stewart makes WAY too much to ever leave Comedy Central, and McHale...well, that's a remote possibility, perhaps.

Think more along the lines of Ellen Degeneres, Drew Carey, Chris Hardwick or even Aisha Taylor if CBS really wanted to shake things up.
2014-04-05 07:20:32 AM  
2 votes:
Ferguson is the only one of all the late night hosts I ever bother watching.
2014-04-05 04:34:14 PM  
1 vote:
Hugo Weaving would be cool.
2014-04-05 02:41:50 PM  
1 vote:
Pure and simple, Craig wouldn't work with a 11:30 time slot. He would be forced to give up too much of what makes his show so much fun. He has so much more freedom with the Late Late Show than he would with the flagship.
2014-04-05 02:16:35 PM  
1 vote:
I thought John Oliver was in the frame too. He'd be good.
2014-04-05 01:26:04 PM  
1 vote:

mbangel10: My favorite suggestions so far are Neil Patrick Harris, Jon Hamm, or Tina Fey.

those are all terrible options
2014-04-05 12:54:48 PM  
1 vote:
"Ferguson is the only one of all the late night hosts I ever bother watching "

Me too, only reason I don't watch his current show is it's on too late.
If they put Craig in Letterman's chair, I'll get off the internet and go watch, may even watch the local news for a change.
2014-04-05 12:31:36 PM  
1 vote:
Carey's not going anywhere - The Price Is Right is a pretty good gig.

Though to be fair, I think Ferguson was a bit winded by the end of his guest shot. Barker managed his longevity by being the sane person next to the insane winners - Ferguson was as excited as his winners, and you could kind of see him thinking "hm, maybe Barker had it right" by the end of the show...

/I loved seeing Geoff driving "A New Car!" though.

//wanna see Ferguson at 11:35...
2014-04-05 12:14:11 PM  
1 vote:
It's CBS. I wouldn't be surprised if they tried to get Leno.
2014-04-05 12:05:31 PM  
1 vote:
Litigators litigate, they don't write contracts
2014-04-05 11:30:44 AM  
1 vote:
Like CBS would ever let Geoff Peterson the gay robot, Secretariat, the rusty trombone, the Shy Houseband and "Ay Caramba" swearing, among other things, make the jump to 11:35pm. But then Ferguson is no idiot so if he ever got picked he may not even want those bits to survive anyways. Which would be too bad because it's that stuff and more which makes his show so hilarious.
2014-04-05 11:21:19 AM  
1 vote:
Good for them for making sure he gets paid no matter what.

And, purely as hosts I think he could easily hold up to Fallon and Kimmel and would probably end up dominating them both. I guess he just isn't a name they want in that slot.
2014-04-05 11:13:27 AM  
1 vote:
Ferguson is to "WTF?" for the 11:30 timeslot and they know it. I think they also know he'd walk away before he'd make the changes they'd want to put him there. I love his show and wouldn't want him to move because of that.

I just hope they give him a decent lead-in. Even with DVR, I think that lead-in matters.
2014-04-05 10:48:07 AM  
1 vote:

jbc: It will be one of four people: Ferguson, Conan, Jon Stewart or Joel McHale.

Forget Stewart (and Colbert). They have their own little segment of late night carved out.

Joel McHale would be great. Would he be Ready For Late Night Broadcast? And who would replace him on The Soup?
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