Ex-The Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson is beloved for damn good reason. In addition to being deeply, inherently funny, he’s an all-around classy bloke and so likable. After his decade long late-night stint ended in late 2014, Craig’s been doing his thing, which includes stand-up comedy touring and living to tell that tale. His particular brand of acerbic wit has been sorely missed since his departure, so naturally, when James Corden revealed that his own tenure on The Late Late Show would end in 2023, Twitter was awash with suggestions that Ferguson come back.
In other words, people do enjoy Corden’s Carpool Karaoke segment, but damn, they loved watching Craigy Ferg and listening to his thick Scottish brogue while he bantered with Geoff the Robot. Could Ferguson possibly have anything to say in response to his successor also walking toward the sunset? More importantly, would he address calls for him to suddenly materialize in his old gig? He did both of these things, one more subtle than the other.
First, let’s revisit what Ferguson said (in 2021) to the idea of CBS reviving the show with him in it. He was very blunt at the time: “Ok. As long as I’m not in it.”
Ok. As long as I’m not in it. https://t.co/OlXPt83w6A
— Craig Ferguson (@CraigyFerg) January 27, 2021
And upon news of Corden leaving as well, he offered his congrats (and praise) with this pointed addition: “Retirement is awesome. See you at the bingo.” In other words, Ferguson’s “retired,” and he intends to stay that way.
Congratulations to @JKCorden on a spectacular run. Outstanding job! Retirement is awesome. See you at the bingo. Well done my friend. Xx
— Craig Ferguson (@CraigyFerg) April 29, 2022
Still, that will not detour the legion of devoted Craigy Ferg fans:
So what I’m hearing here is they can bring back Craig Ferguson now?
— Jason Bailey (@jasondashbailey) April 29, 2022
Petition for CBS to bring back Craig Ferguson as late night host pic.twitter.com/5HF1GDHHyQ
— ᴊᴇʟᴀ (@jelevision) April 28, 2022
Maybe they should have Craig Ferguson host it. https://t.co/uis3UHSK37
— Josh Spiegel (@mousterpiece) April 28, 2022
No disrespect to James Corden, but I stopped watching the #LateLateShow after Craig Ferguson stepped down. It’d be a long shot but maybe, just maybe, @CraigyFerg could return. pic.twitter.com/SKLPOgb4Q1
— Jacob Swartz (@swartzy_J) April 28, 2022
craig ferguson I’m begging you save us https://t.co/KYIUl3ZjRS
— 🍍francesca🍍 (@francescaaahhhh) April 28, 2022
Perhaps, at least, we can dream about a compromise.
(Okay Craig Ferguson should guest host while they transition to a new permanent host.) https://t.co/vUKPEBbuRQ
— Matthew “Movies” Thomason (@ResDolph) April 28, 2022
It’s great to be adored! And even better to be adored and keep one’s distance. Good on ya, Craig Ferguson.