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Craig Ferguson to leave 'Late Late Show' at end of 2014

Craig Ferguson, host of

Craig Ferguson, host of "The Late Late Show." Photo Credit: Getty Images

Craig Ferguson -- a potential if not locked-in-stone successor to David Letterman on "Late Show" until two weeks ago -- announced he'll leave "Late Late Show" at the end of this year, or just shy of his 10-year anniversary at the network.

Ferguson announced his departure during taping Monday, saying, "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 [show consorts], both of whom we love very much."

The departure was expected: Ferguson in recent months had seemed to explore other options (a syndicated game show) and CBS never seemed to offer much support for his show, promotional or otherwise, until Monday, when CBS Entertainment chief Nina Tassler said in a statement, "During his 10 years as host, Craig has elevated CBS to new creative and competitive heights at 12:30. He infused the broadcast with tremendous energy, unique comedy, insightful interviews and some of the most heartfelt monologues seen on television."

Letterman will be replaced by Stephen Colbert sometime in 2015.

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