Craig Ferguson, 'American on Purpose,' Leaving CBS Late Night Perch

Comedian Craig Ferguson offered something no other late night comic could--he was a new, and proud, U.S. citizen. The Scottish actor/comic took over The Late, Late Show nine years ago, and three years later he took the oath of citizenship.

Ferguson announced this week he'll be leaving his late night post in December after his current contract expires.

Ferguson's politics weren't easy to pin down, and he certainly is no bedrock Republican. He still learned to embrace his new home, a relationship which culiminated . He chronicled his life journey in the 2009 book American on Purpose. He shared the impetus behind the book with Fox News:

What I didn't understand until I became an American citizen is that you can be your ethnicity and be an American, and that's different from any other country I can think of.

America is, for me, an aspiration, a philosophy, a way of being, a dream.

The comic flexed his eclectic wit last night in sharing the news about leaving the CBS talk show.

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 said in the announcement.

Ferguson replaced Craig Kilborn in 2005.


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