"Late Late Show" host Craig Ferguson to launch new talk show, says source

Craig Ferguson moderates CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" panel during Comic-Con International 2014 on July 25, 2014, in San Diego, Calif.

Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Craig Ferguson is close to a deal to launch an early-evening talk show starting in fall 2015.

The outgoing host of CBS' "The Late Late Show" would introduce his half-hour syndicated series on stations in a slot just before prime time, according to a source with knowledge of the deal who spoke on the condition of anonymity because that person wasn't authorized to comment publicly.

Ferguson, 52, is expected to bring along his robot skeleton "sidekick," Geoff, as well as executive producer Michael Naidus.

A Ferguson representative didn't immediately respond Monday to a request for comment.

Ferguson, who has held a late-night berth on CBS for a decade, will step down in December. A replacement host has yet to be officially announced, although James Corden has been the rumored frontrunner.

In a separate venture, Ferguson will host a new syndicated game show, "Celebrity Name Game," beginning next month.

"The Late Late Show" airs weeknights at 12:30 p.m. ET on CBS.