Maher’s reaction was both negative — with regard to CBS and the media reporting on Ferguson — and succinct. In fact, it all fit into a single tweet:
I think CBS and the media treated Craig Ferguson pretty shabbily
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) April 29, 2014
Whether you agree with Maher or not, keep in mind that the “Real Time” host does know a thing or two about being treated shabbily by the press and network television.
Letterman’s reaction to Ferguson’s departure came on his Tuesday episode of “The Late Show.”
While not enthusiastic — Letterman read the card about Ferguson just like almost any other piece of news — this discussion was much more positive. Letterman noted that Ferguson’s “Late Late Show” was “unlike any other late-night show. And I’m telling you, to be unique in the world of television [is] virtually impossible.”
Was Ferguson’s situation handled well? Or was he treated poorly? Those may be questions that only CBS and Ferguson himself can truly answer.