Craig Ferguson Didn’t Want Letterman Gig Even if CBS Had Offered It to Him

When CBS announced they were giving David Letterman’s Late Show to Stephen Colbert, it was a widely-expected but still unfortunate slight to Craig Ferguson, who has been hosting the Late Late Show on that network since 2005. Until now, Ferguson has stayed mostly quiet on how that choice influenced his decision to leave CBS at the end of his current contract and what he plans to do in the future.

In an interview for, Ferguson told Larry King that even if CBS had offered him Letterman’s spot, he wouldn’t have accepted the position. In fact, he had already decided it was time for him to move on before Letterman announced his own retirement. “I don’t think I would have, I don’t think I would have,” said when King asked him about the hypothetical scenario, before allowing, “Maybe.” But, he said the bottom line is that the didn’t offer him the job so he never got the chance to accept or reject it.

As for why he did decide to end his show after nearly 10 years on the air, Ferguson simply said, “It’s time for a change, man. It’s time for a change.” He added that he’s definitely not “retiring” but just did not “want to stay and keep doing the same thing over and over again. I want to do the same thing over and over again somewhere else.”

Ferguson said he is open to doing another, similar talk show, but “not right away.” Perhaps he could end up hosting a talk show that only appears online, as Chelsea Handler will be doing for Netflix starting in 2016. Or, for that matter, as Larry King now does for after his supposed “retirement” from CNN.

Watch a clip from the interview below, via

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