Craig Ferguson announced today that he will step down as host of CBS' Los Angeles-based ``The Late Late Show'' in December.
``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 quipped, referring to the prop characters that appear on his show.
It was not immediately clear if the show will continue with a new host once Ferguson departs.
``During his 10 years as host, Craig has elevated CBS to new creative and competitive heights at 12:30,'' according to Nina Tassler, chair of CBS Entertainment. ``He infused the broadcast with tremendous energy, unique comedy, insightful interviews and some of the most heartfelt monologues seen on television.''
The Scottish-born Ferguson announced the news during the taping of tonight's show. The show is taped at CBS Television City in the Fairfax District.