Ferguson, whose last night hosting the CBS late-night program airs this Friday, won a prestigious Peabody Award for that 2009 interview with the Nobel Peace Prize winner.The Peabody selection committee cited the critically acclaimed interview as proof that “one of the silliest hours on television (what with the trademark hand puppets and skeleton robots) could also be one of the smartest.” Ferguson said Tutu told him during a commercial break, “I think you’re crazy.” “This is a man who talked to some crazy motherf****rs,” Ferguson said. It has a limit…I’ve reached all the corners of this box and I have to change boxes.” “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 when he announced April 28 that he would leave the show.His trademark phrase - "cheeky wee monkeys" - is gaining cult status. Between the Bridge and the River is a rambunctious and unconventional book following the path of Fraser, a hard-drinking, self-obsessed Scottish television star who embarks on a journey of discovery across America after being exposed in a tabloid sex scandal.It features the secret love children of Frank Sinatra and Peter Lawford, an array of American extroverts and freaks, lurid murders and sexual deviance, and telling exposes of the religious Right and the superficial excesses of Hollywood.“I think I’m a very good hooker — I get a lot of repeat customers.” Ditto the extensive notes producers gave him about that night’s guests.“The truth is, I think I’m a very impatient person and not good with preparation.
It wasn’t that they weren’t interesting, it was just that I wasn’t asking them questions I was interested in the answers to…asking what it was like working on this movie.“He said to me, ‘You’re crazy – I don’t mean to be rude.’ I said, ‘I thank you, Father Tutu.’ He said, ‘No, you are crazy, but the type of crazy we need.’ And, this is not your agent, you know, he’s not like, ‘Keep doing the crazy thing! After the announcement, Bill Maher tweeted that he thought CBS and the media had treated Ferguson “shabbily,” while Dave Letterman praised Ferguson’s program, saying, “I’m telling you, to be unique in the world of television – virtually impossible.” But viewers who had expected Dave to in some way acknowledge that Ferguson made this show for Letterman’s Worldwide Pants production company for many years came away baffled; Dave appeared to be detached, mostly reading from a prepared statement written on a cue card, delivered as if he were unfamiliar with the particulars.’ It’s Desmond Tutu saying ‘Be as authentically crazy as you are.’ It was kind of like God saying ‘Just be as crazy as you like.’ I felt weirdly released by that.” “Then, ultimately, that leads to me not doing the show,” Ferguson explained in last night’s talk moderated by actor/writer Jim Rash of . It’s been reported Ferguson will next do a half-hour first-run comedy talk show for Tribune Media that will air in prime access.Also expected to join Ferguson in his new show: Secretariat the pantomime horse, and his longtime showrunner Michael Naidus.It’s expected that the new show, which will target a fall 2016 launch, will be shot in Los Angeles.