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It’s hard to stay up, it’s been a long, long day
And you’ve got the sandman at your door.
But hang on, leave the TV on, and let’s do it anyway!
It’s okay! You can always sleep through work tomorrow
Okay! Hey, hey!
Tomorrow’s just your future yesterday!

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 2013-2014 opener

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I’ve loved Craig Ferguson ever since I saw the extraordinary monologue he did on his alcohol addiction. I thought, “Wow, I can’t believe he used that space to say that." It had the kind of power that only comes from that moment when the goofy guy gets serious. I had instant respect for him and watched the show ever since. The Late Late Show never got great ratings, but it’s audience was cult-ish, like all the best entertainment is. He was absurd. He loved Doctor Who. He had John Green and Neil Gaiman on as guests. He was one of us. Craig loved and hated the job and made us aware of both. He did that rarest of all things in the slog that is late night TV: left us wanting more. 

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One of my favorite things to ever happen on the show.