NEW YORK, April 18, 2014 – It’s official. More or less. An AP report confirmed today that Craig Ferguson, the outgoing host of CBS TV’s “The Late Late Show” is in talks with the network to finalize a deal giving him an early evening talk show next year.
Ferguson’s half-hour talk show reportedly will begin to air sometime in the autumn of 2015, slotted just prior to prime time programming on the network.
According to AP, “Ferguson is expected to bring along his robot skeleton ‘sidekick,’ Geoff, as well as executive producer Michael Naidus.”
In April, after being passed over to succeed David Letterman on the earlier “Late Show,” Ferguson reportedly qualified to receive a $5 bonus for the rejection, an item that was part of his then-current contract with CBS.
His contract to host “The Late Late Show” actually expired in June 2014, but was extended to the end of December 2014 to give the network more time to search for his own replacement when Ferguson indicated he’d be stepping down from the network’s night owl slot that he’s successfully occupied for a decade.
Ferguson is also slated to assume duties as the host for a new syndicated game show, “Celebrity Name Game.” He’ll begin hosting that show when it debuts in September 2014.