Craig Ferguson Is Celebrating 29 Years Sober, And We're Here For It

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While Scottish folk can stereotypically be tethered to libations such as beer and whisky, celebrated comedian and TV host Craig Ferguson hasn't been associated with spirits and ales in quite a long time. The long-sober Ferguson has long been one of the entertainment world's most thoughtful and authentic speakers on the topic of alcoholism and sobriety, so it's with no small feelings of celebration that the former talk show frontman shared the personal hallmark that he is now 29 years sober.

One of social media's more subtle gems, Craig Ferguson took to Twitter to share the great news with the world, marking nearly half of his lifetime has been spent on the sober side of the coin.

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Let's all give a joyous, but non-alcoholic, toast to Craig Ferguson for making it 29 years without relapsing into drunken regrets. That kind of an achievement is especially important to a lot of people out there who are struggling with sobriety during pandemic isolation. It's as vital a time as ever for people to find friendships and support online even beyond in-person relationships. Anything to make it through one day at a time.

Fans of Craig Ferguson no doubt remember some of his most moving monologues and stories that dealt with his sobriety and the demons of his past. Check out one of the best examples below from 2007, which is no less relevant today.

Craig Ferguson has been in the news recently for a completely different subject, though one that still reflects on his thoughtful and kind nature. As reactions to Framing Britney Spears have been making waves (and inspiring celebs like Justin Timberlake to make years-later apologies), Ferguson has been applauded by fans anew for being the rare TV personality to show Britney Spears any form of compassion during the time when she was making headlines during various stages of her mental distress. And to think, he thought he was going to get in trouble for that kind of thing.

Even though everyone has been reflecting back on the excellent and still-missed The Late Show with Craig Ferguson, fans probably should not build up any big hopes that the comedian might return to a similar gig any time in the near future. Here's how Craig Ferguson reacted as recent as late January 2021 to a fan's request for a Ferguson-fronted talk show to return to TV.

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Maybe there will be a day in the distant future where Craig Ferguson takes a second look at the talk show world and decides to come back for a project similar to Netflix's My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. With plenty of interesting and thought-provoking projects that came to life in the wake of his Late Show stint, Craig Ferguson can currently be seen heading up ABC's trivia game show The Hustler, which airs Thursday nights at 10:00 p.m. ET.

Nick Venable
Assistant Managing Editor

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.