August 19, 2006
Late Late Show host calls Landis "positive for chickensh*t"
I was just watching Craig Ferguson's opening monologue on the CBS Late Late Show.
Ferguson mentioned that Floyd Landis had been scheduled to appear, and gave a rudimentary overview of the current doping case against Landis. “Hmmm,” he continued, “looks like someone tested positive for chickensh*t,” which I asterisk-ize because it was bleeped by the network, so maybe he said chickenshot, who knows.
Ferguson pretended to be scooping something up with his fingertip, giving it a smell, holding it up to the light. “Yep, that's chickensh*t.”
The audience ate it up. If Landis had backed out at the last minute, solely because he doesn't want to face the press, I might have considered that a fair shot, but not under the circumstances.
The guy's father-in-law killed himself just Tuesday afternoon. There's probably a lot more important things he needs to take care of right now than the light-night talk shows.
Update: Okay, mea culpa. It was indeed a rerun; I was thrown because a) I hadn't seen it, and b) they led it off with a teaser about coming back after the golf highlights that I thought meant Ferguson was in the studio. Apparently, this was an episode from July 31, and Landis did indeed leave the show high and dry.
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Ferguson surely isn't up on current events. That's awful and certainly not what Floyd needs with everything that is going on with his family right now!
Posted by: Donna Tocci at Aug 19, 2006 9:36:25 AM
If you go to this website (http://www.cbs.com/latenight/latelate/email/) you can voice your displeasure, as I did. It's one thing for a comedian to take shots at a "celebrity," but at least know what you're talking about.
Posted by: Justin Mayernik at Aug 19, 2006 3:02:51 PM
Actually, that episode last night was a repeat and originally aired on 31 July 2006, so I think it was a fair shot at Landis.
Posted by: Dominic at Aug 19, 2006 5:16:35 PM
Now I know why I do not watch late night talk shows. It just shows that any idiot can get their own tv show. What an insensitive idiot.
Posted by: Michael Bulmer at Aug 19, 2006 6:22:00 PM
Dominic, are you sure? There was at least a teaser on the front end before they threw it to golf highlights.
Posted by: Frank at Aug 19, 2006 9:40:20 PM
It was a rerun. That was a bad decision to air that show (just like this blogger, they didn't do their research), but I don't fault Craig for making those comments before the father's suicide. Landis is the one who should feel guilty for his own actions before his father's death, not the media for jumping on it.
Posted by: MLP at Aug 20, 2006 12:42:16 AM
Correction to my post: Step father-in-law, instead of father.
Posted by: MLP at Aug 20, 2006 12:46:32 AM
Pretty sure, Frank. Here's a link to that particular episode on IMDB.
Posted by: Dominic at Aug 20, 2006 1:38:15 AM
It was a rerun from the day of Landis' second failed test. He bailed on the show. He deserved it and more. The father in law thing happened afterward and Landis should be the one ashamed of that!
Posted by: Gigi Sih at Aug 20, 2006 3:02:20 AM
Craig Ferguson? Never heard of him!
Posted by: Dave at Aug 20, 2006 5:24:23 AM