Craig Ferguson to Leave "The Late Late Show" in December

Monday, Apr 28, 2014  |  Updated 7:09 PM PDT
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FILE - In this May 9, 2011 file photo released by CBS, Craig Ferguson, host of "The Late Late Show," is shown on the set in Los Angeles. Ferguson is going back to Scotland and taking "Late Late Show" viewers along for the trip. CBS says the Scotland-based episodes will air the week of May 14. While there, Ferguson explores Edinburgh and Glasgow. He also returns to his hometown of Cumbernauld, with stops at his childhood home and high school. (AP Photo/CBS, Sonja Flemming) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO ARCHIVE; NO SALES; NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLY

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Craig Ferguson will step down as host of "The Late Late Show" at the end of the year, he announced Monday.

He announced his plans to leave the show come December 2014 to his studio audience during his show's taping, CBS said in a statement.

"CBS and I are not getting divorced, we are 'consciously uncoupling,' but we will still spend holidays together and share custody of the fake horse and robot skeleton, both of whom we love very much," Ferguson joked.

His announcement comes after CBS tapped Stephen Colbert to take over "The Late Show" once David Letterman retires. Letterman had said a week earlier that he plans to step down sometime next year.

CBS hasn't said who will replace Ferguson.

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