Newsmakers: Craig Ferguson

Q&A: Craig Ferguson
Britney Spears was in and out (and in and out and in again) of rehab last week, but you won't catch Ferguson making fun of her on CBS's "Late, Late Show." He spoke with Nicki Gostin.

Why did you devote an entire monologue to defending Britney last week?
I just decided not to do any gags with Britney Spears that night because I thought she looked like she was in bad shape. It's not like I was saying nobody else should do that, which I think it may have turned into that a little bit.

So you're not going to make fun of celebrities anymore?
Oh, don't be ridiculous! It wasn't even to do with her celebrity. It was the fact that she looked like she was in an awful lot of trouble with the drink and shaving her hair and her odd, erratic behavior.

Are you laying off Anna Nicole?
Oh, God, the woman's dead—yes.

Is this because of your own alcoholism?
I'm not advocating anything for anyone else. It was really for my mental health more than anything. I just don't want to feel uncomfortable when I'm doing this stuff.

Do you ever come home and think, "Jeez, I could do with a beer"?
Sure, yeah, but then I think, "Jeez, I'd really like to not wake up in Mexico with a sore arse and a tattoo," so I have a soda instead.

Do you ever get bored with asking celebrities about their latest movie?
I don't ask them that. I'm not an investigative journalist. They come here for a conversation and a few laughs and then they f--- off. Some people come out, big movie stars, and they're great, and some people come out I've never f---ing heard of and they think they're God's gift.

Don't you hate that?
It's a case-by-case basis. I hate some people. I like others.

Wanna tell us who you hate?
No, I don't think so.

Are you sure? I don't mind printing it.
I bet you don't.