CBS Extends Letterman and Ferguson Contracts in Deal That Puts Dave in the Record Books

CBS announced on Tuesday that it has signed both David Letterman and Craig Ferguson to contract extensions that will keep them hosting The Late Show and The Late Late Show, respectively, through 2014.

In fulfilling this agreement, Letterman — who made his late night TV hosting debut in 1982 — will become the longest-running late night talk show host in history. Johnny Carson holds the current record of 30 years.

As part of the deal, Ferguson’s Late Late Show will trade up to a larger stage at CBS Television City in Los Angeles.