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Craig Ferguson Ends Show with Celebs on Drums, Jay Leno, and a Twist Ending

Craig Ferguson left The Late Late Show last night in a finale that started off with an epic array of celebrities on drums and Ferguson singing on his desk as clips and callbacks from his ten years in late night appeared around him:

And if you’re curious, here’s a partial list of the celebrities who popped up for Ferguson’s farewell:

  • Weird Al Yankovic
  • Tenacious D
  • Henry Winkler
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Marion Cotillard
  • Ted Danson
  • William Shatner
  • Matthew McConaughey
  • Jimmy Kimmel
  • Don Cheadle
  • Kristen Bell
  • Mila Kunis
  • Larry King
  • Jon Hamm
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu (no, seriously, the real, actual Desmond Tutu)

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Ferguson kept his monologue mostly serious, thanking his fans for all their love and support, and making it clear he’s not stopping altogether, he’s just getting out of late night. But it wouldn’t be a Late Late Show monologue without Geoff Peterson throwing it all off with a non sequitur:

After the last reading of the tweets and emails, Ferguson brought on his final guest: Jay Leno. The two had a very relevant discussion about losing interest in doing late night television and when it’s best to just move on. And Leno thanked him for being a friend and not being a part of the “late night talk show snippy club” that followed his career around for a while. Here’s a clip from that conversation:

And finally, Ferguson ended his 10-year run in late night with a series of pretty crazy twists. I won’t ruin them for you, but let’s just say you might recognize the various homages:

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