Todd Peterson
August 13, 2004 08:00 AM

Craig Kilborn is taking an early retirement from the Late, Late Show, the show’s network, CBS, has announced.

A network spokesman says that Kilborn will not renew his contract, which was expected to end later this year. Some sources familiar with the negotiations claimed to Reuters that Kilborn’s representatives were seeking a pay increase, but other sources disputed that as the reason for his departure.

Kilborn came to the show in 1999, after serving as an anchor for ESPN and as the original host of Comedy Central’s fake-news program, The Daily Show.

The Late, Late Show, which was previously hosted by Tom Snyder, has performed well for CBS. Although the show usually runs behind NBC’s Late Night With Conan O’Brien in the same time slot, “The Late, Late Show” averages more than 1.5 million viewers each night.

Kilborn has also started to appear on the big screen, including 2003’s Old School, with Will Ferrell and Luke Wilson. He is scheduled to appear next in horror-master Wes Craven’s upcoming film Cursed, due next year.

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