Larry King Pays Tribute to Craig Ferguson With an Original Poem (Video)

Ferguson’s last episode as host will air Friday, Dec. 19, with his replacement James Corden scheduled to debut March 23

Last Updated: December 17, 2014 @ 8:26 AM

As Craig Ferguson‘s tenure as host of CBS’s “The Late Late Show” comes to a close this week, he was honored with an original poem by Larry King on Tuesday night’s episode. The veteran news broadcaster has been a frequent guest on Ferguson’s show, and proved himself a fan as well with the details in his poem.

Ferguson has created a unique niche in late-night, with puppets, a dancing horse and a robot skeleton as his sidekick. King mentioned all of these things in a genuine and heartfelt pledge of appreciation.

While King isn’t likely to be declared poet laureate for his creative efforts, it was nevertheless a well-conceived creation clearly written with great affection for its subject.

He even closed by advising the audience to please stand and applaud the outgoing host. Ferguson’s last episode as host of CBS’s “The Late Late Show” airs Friday, Dec. 19. His replacement, James Corden, will take over on March 23.

In the interim, “The Late Late Show” will feature a bevy of celebrity guest hosts, including Drew Carey — who will host the first and last week of guests hosts — Judd Apatow, Will Arnett, Wayne Brady, Jim Gaffigan, Billy Gardell, Sean Hayes, Thomas Lennon, John Mayer and Kunal Nayyar. The ladies of “The Talk” are also scheduled to take over for a week with a late-night edition of their afternoon show.

Watch Larry King read his tribute poem to Craig Ferguson here.

“The Late Late Show” airs weeknights at 12:37 a.m. ET on CBS.