Envelope With White Powder and Threatening Letter Sent to Late-Night Host Craig Ferguson

Aug 24, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Late-night host Craig Ferguson revealed that an envelope filled with white powder was mailed to his show in Los Angeles, reports The New York Times’ ArtsBeat blog.

The host of CBS’s “Late Late Show" wrote on his Twitter account Tuesday evening, "I’m not a big fan of that sort of thing," the story reports. Ferguson also tweeted that the sender claimed the substance was anthrax.

Two people at CBS Television City who were exposed to the powder at 3 p.m. were temporarily placed in isolation, the Associated Press reported.

The pair were released after it was determined that the powder was benign, the piece notes. Nevertheless, the FBI is working with the police to find the sender of the envelope, which included a threatening letter aimed at Ferguson, the story says. The police declined to disclose the threat, although the letter was sent from overseas, the article adds.

Ferguson joked about the letter on his show, notes The Times.

“Nowadays white powder in the mail is a bad thing," he said. "I called CBS security and they said, ‘We’re busy.’ So I told them I am a personal friend of Drew Carey and they sent somebody over right away.”

Carey, who gave Ferguson a part on his ABC sitcom "The Drew Carey Show," is now the host of CBS’s "The Price Is Right."

The anthrax scare comes on the heels of an Internet death threat against Ferguson’s CBS late-night colleague David Letterman, whose Worldwide Pants produces Ferguson’s show.

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