Craig Ferguson


Wednesday April 30th, 2014 – Island Lake, IL

Craig Ferguson is stepping down from his job as host of “The Late Late Show” on CBS after a ten year run. For some reason, quite a few people took it upon themselves to seek me out because they couldn’t believe anyone would do that. Why they asked me, I have no idea. Maybe I’m their closest conduit to actual show business – even though I’m light years away from Craig Ferguson.

I guess because I was on the show they thought I’d have some inside information. Far from it. I wasn’t in on any staff meetings, and I was only on one time for 4 ½ minutes in 2010. Still, I have some educated guesses why he would quit, and it’s no surprise at all. Show business is a vampire that sucks blood from everywhere and everyone. The higher the level of it, the sharper the teeth.

About as close to corporate show business as I have come would be working in radio. That was a stench ridden ugly nightmare, and dealing with the idiot brigade of management was a draining of dignity. Nobody cares anything about anyone as a human being, and it can be a soulless grind.

I can only imagine how insane it must be to have to deal with the network serpents, and I’d bet Craig Ferguson had more than his share of head butting sessions with all of them. He’s a creative guy and very funny in my opinion, and he knows what he’s doing. The suits don’t like to have to deal with anybody like that, because they’re a threat. They want robots that do what they’re told.

Any creative mind has a vision of how things should run, and often there’s a clash with people that aren’t creative at all. I’ve had those clashes all my life, and it can be ultimate frustration not to mention an incredible energy drain. Being distracted by all these fleas gets under the skin fast.

I would bet that Craig had his fill, even though I thought his show was far better than all of the others of that genre. I don’t watch a lot of those shows, but from what I’ve seen his was the most unique and consistently funny whenever I saw it. I’m not just saying that because I was on it. I’d think that even if I wasn’t or had done another show. I really am a fan of him and what he does.

Another sticking point that may or may not be a factor is that he was bypassed for Letterman’s slot. According to an interview I read he said it wasn’t an issue, but who knows? I thought it was a no brainer to give that job to him, but again I’m not in that circle. Mr. Colbert may do just fine.

I think the public assumes that big time show business runs smoothly, and the people in charge are all competent and benevolent souls that know what they’re doing. They have no reason to put any thought into it, because they have their own problems dealing with their own crop of morons in whatever career path they’re trying to pursue. The fact is that halfwits in charge are universal.

Craig Ferguson is a talented guy and I wish him only the best. He was very genuine when I met him the few times I did, and he had a fabulous run with his show. Ten years is a terrific ride, and I’d have to think he’s ok financially at this point. I’m sure he’ll regroup and come back when he has a new project of some sort. I’d love to cross paths with him again, and being on his show was one of the highlights of my life. I had a blast, and he could not have been nicer. He’s not done yet There’s too much talent there.

Why would Craig Ferguson walk away from a network TV job? One word - IDIOTS. He had a great run, and I wouldn't count him out just yet.

Why would Craig Ferguson walk away from a network TV job? One word – IDIOTS. He had a terrific run. I wouldn’t count him out just yet.

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4 Responses to “Craig Ferguson”

  1. Mike Land Says:

    I’ve heard he is going to be hosting some type of game show or something that will be airing on WGN.

  2. dobiemaxwell Says:

    OK. I hadn’t heard that, but good for him. He’ll do something else. This was a great spring board for him.

  3. trishaisstudying Says:

    First, Craig Ferguson has stated as recently as the night he announced his decision to step down from The Late Late Show that it had NOTHING to do with not being given Dave’s spot, so please help put that rumor to bed. In fact, he stuck around two years longer than he wanted to at CBS’s behest, and will be working with them in the future. Second, Mr. Ferguson, when last reported, will be hosting the syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game and executive producing I F*cking Love Science on the Science Channel. He is also working on at least one film of which I’m aware, and if you miss his dulcet tones, How to Train Your Dragon 2 will premiere on June 13, 2013 reprising his voice as Gobbit. You won’t have to look far to find this talented young man’s work. Having said that, I can’t wait to see what else awaits up his sleeve with his Join or Die snake tattoo. I suspect we won’t be disappointed.

  4. Craig Ferguson News Says:

    […] number of years ago. Upon hearing the news of Craig’s plan to leave the show, Maxwell wrote a blog post that caught the attention of several of Craig’s fans. He said some nice things, and after […]

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