Yesterday, Craig Ferguson announced that he will be leaving The Late Late Show in December
. He said that he wanted to quit before he stopped enjoying what he was doing. Despite his assurances that he was going to quit before the David Letterman retirement announcement, I don't think that is probably what happened. I think what kept him going was the thought of getting that coveted time slot and when that didn't happen he didn't want to be around any longer. So, now that leaves an opening for Chelsea Handler again. Chelsea met with CBS and they said it was only to discuss a daytime slot and then Netflix has been mentioned as a possible landing spot for Chelsea. I don't think the Netflix thing would be good for Chelsea. Lots of people have Netflix, but nothing compared to the reach of a network or even E! for that matter.
I think CBS brought in Chelsea when Craig told them he was going to be leaving and being assured that he was going to receive his $5M for being passed over for the earlier slot. I guess if you are a network and you are going to make changes to your late night lineup that you might as well make changes to both at roughly the same time. Since Craig is leaving in December it will give a huge boost to the new Late Late show host to have Letterman's final few months and very high ratings be a boost for the new host.