Craig Ferguson Tells What He Learned From Conan’s Ill-Fated ‘Tonight Show’ Experience

Mar 23, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Craig Ferguson, 47, took a few minutes to tell Reuters what he learned from Conan O’Brien’s brief stint on ‘The Tonight Show" before being fired.

"As I watched that, whatever that was, unfold, I realized that I am not part of this — I am not part of the late-night clubhouse," Ferguson told Reuters. "Don’t ever rope me in as a late-night talk show host. I don’t want to be one."

By that Ferguson said he means that of course he holds down a hosting job on a latenight show, but that he doesn’t particulary like the other trappings that come with the job. For example, he looks at himself as more of a storyteller than a one-line joke maker.

And he believes one needs to be true to oneself.

"Look at the terrible thing that happened to Conan when Conan tried to do what Jay Leno does. Conan shouldn’t do that. He doesn’t do what Jay Leno does. Jay Leno does what Jay Leno does. And then when (Conan) started doing what Conan does, it was too late."

Ferguson works for David Letterman’s company Worldwide Pants, but claims he’s got no interest in replacing Letterman should Letterman ever want to retire. "I neither care nor have any ambition about that. The thing is, Dave’s doing a great job and he does what he does. I don’t do what David Letterman does."

One Comment

  1. Craig has it right…and he knows who he is. That’s refreshing, not surprising in his case…he has never been confusing about that…he has always moved in HIS direction…wonderfully wacked…in a good way…”His” way, and that’s OK.
    Peter Bright

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