In an interview with Bloomberg, CBS head Les Moonves said that "12:30 is up in the air," referring to the time slot right after the Late Show. With Stephen Colbert taking over for David Letterman and Ferguson's current contract ending this summer, the remark doesn't come as a complete surprise.
In the interview, Moonves did acknowledge that Ferguson was still in the mix for the host of Colbert's follow-up. But his other remarks are worth noting: "Obviously, we're considering all sorts of candidates and women are among them. A woman would be great in late night." Could CBS be laying the groundwork for a network-ready Chelsea Handler or a late-night Ellen DeGeneres?
As far as Ferguson's prospects for hosting the Late Show itself go, he apparently never had a shot. Almost as soon as Letterman mentioned the possibility of retirement last year, revealed Moonves in a CBS This Morning interview Friday, CBS executives apparently set their sights on Colbert. "It appeared to us that he was the only logical successor to David," Moonves said. Maybe next time, Craig.
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