Boundary-Pushing Late Night Hosts Move On — Colbert Up, Ferguson Out


They both started their late night shows in the same year, reinventing their respective corners of television by bending and sometimes breaking the rules.

Craig Ferguson, hosts "The Late Late Show" in 2011.
But, as Stephen Colbert and Craig Ferguson both say goodbye to long-running programs this week, only one has turned his showbiz rebellion into a launchpad for an even bigger TV platform.

From the cover of Entertainment Weekly to shout outs from James Franco and Michael J. Fox, everyone seems to be talking about tonight’s finale of The Colbert Report.

Including, to no one’s surprise, the host himself.

But there’s another long-running late night host also saying goodbye this week.

On Friday, Craig Ferguson hosts his last episode of CBS’ The Late Late Showafter nearly 10 years. His departure isn’t getting much attention — in part because he’s leaving as CBS builds its new late night franchise around Colbert, who will replace retiring legend David Letterman in the new year.

Both Colbert and Ferguson blew up the traditional talk show format, but each man accomplished it in his own, unique way.

Ferguson built a show that often played like an impish inside joke, poking fun at the ubiquitous talk show sidekick by having a robot skeleton sidekick built and naming it Geoff Peterson.

Because he was voiced by ace impressionist and comic Josh Robert Thompson, Geoff turned out to be a pretty good sidekick after all, especially when he did a mean Morgan Freeman impersonation, right in front of Morgan Freeman.

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http://www.npr.org/2014/12/18/371552307/boundary-pushing-late-night-hosts-move-on-colbert-up-ferguson-out

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