Craig Ferguson wants to do another talk show

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Craig Ferguson. (AP Photo/CBS, Sonja Flemming)
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In his first interview since announcing that he planned to step down from CBS’ “Late Late Show,” Craig Ferguson told interviewer Larry King that he has no plans to disappear when he ends his show.

“I’m not retiring, that was the thing that really got me, when I said I am done doing this show, and everyone said on the Internet and stuff, ‘he has announced his retirement,’ and I was like, ‘No I didn’t! I just said I wasn’t going to be doing this show!’” Ferguson told King on his ora.tv show "Larry King Now." “It is time for a change man, I don’t want to stay and keep doing the same thing over and over again, I want to do the same thing over and over again somewhere else.”

That “thing” may include a late-night talk show on another channel. When King asked whether he was interested in doing another talk show, Ferguson replied in the affirmative.

“Yeah, I would, but not right away,” he said. “I would do another one. I just don’t want to do this one anymore.”

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As for the future of “The Late Late Show,” Ferguson said he didn’t know who should replace him, adding: “I don’t think they [CBS] do either, to be fair.”

At the Television Critics Association summer press tour, CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler said the network was trying to figure out what to do at 12:30, and suggested that they might consider poaching someone from the political world to take over the slot.

“I think that is a good idea, I think the political world would be a good idea for them, because it would be something a little bit different,” Ferguson said. “It seems like to me that there is a logjam of middle-aged white guys [in late night].”

King also asked Ferguson whether he wanted David Letterman’s job at “The Late Show.”

“I don’t think I would have, maybe,” Ferguson said, noting that he had been talking to CBS about exiting the network when Letterman announces his retirement. “It kind of, I don’t, and they didn’t [offer it].”

That isn’t to say Ferguson will be taking a break when his show ends on December 19, a date he confirmed to King. Ferguson is working with writer Josh Robert Thompson on projects that he didn’t want to talk about, and he acknowledged that he will appear on-camera and in voiceovers for the upcoming Science Channel series “I F*cking Love Science,” which he is executive producing.

Ferguson’s full interview with King will be posted this afternoon on Hulu.