Craig Ferguson addresses anthrax scare on 'Late Late Show': 'It's a very scary situation'

And we thought The Jay Leno Show was the scariest thing to happen to late night. Less than a week after an investigation was launched into a comment from an online jihadist calling for David Letterman’s assassination, an envelope full of a mysterious white powder was sent to The Late Late Show. As host Craig Ferguson wrote on his Twitter Tuesday: “Ack!Someone mailed my show white powder & claimed it was anthrax. I’m not a big fan of that sort of thing.”

Luckily, after authorities were called to the set, it was determined that the substance was harmless — which gave Ferguson full clearance to joke about the scare on his show Tuesday night. The host did indeed touch on the events of the day during his monologue, explaining to audience members why the Late Late Show‘s taping began late: “It started out like any other day. I come into the studio, I have my nap, I fire someone, I then get a massage from the person I fired, I re-hire them. But today … someone sent here an envelope packed with white powder. And I was like, ‘Ooh, I’ll test it for you if you want! I have a special test that I conducted between 1979 and 1992.'”

Ferguson did, however, get serious about the incident, telling the audience, “It’s a very scary situation … My first concern, of course, was for my staff.” Like to add anything, Ferguson? “And by staff, I mean penis.” Click the jump to watch Ferguson discuss the anthrax scare, which, according to the host, contributed to “the most attention the show has gotten since… It’s the most attention the show has gotten.”

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  • dee123

    How dare they! What kind of horrible person hates Craig Ferguson?

  • Van Der Woodsen

    Some loser who doesn’t get the brilliant & criminally underrated & ignored Ferguson.

  • outside agitator

    Drew Carey.

  • Satanixx

    I bet it was that jagoff Leno.

    He wants to take another show from somebody who’s 1000000x more talented than he is.

  • billyD

    Craig Ferguson is the best thing on TV. And by thing, I mean penis. :-D

  • z

    Wow, My best fríènd ,she just has annóuncéd hér wēddīng wīth a mīllionairě mān who is a cèlèbrìty !They mèt via~~~~Affl·uent·Sin·gle . c’o’m ~~~~ ..it is the lārgēst and bēst clúb for cělêbrīty and theìr àdmirèrs to chát ōnlìnè. …You do nǒt hávè to bê rīch ór fāmóùs. ,bùt yōu cān meēt yóùr trùē lòvê , It’s wòrthy ǎ try!

  • Jimmy

    Whew, that was close, I imagine if Anthrax ever played that show they would blow the set apart. ANTHRAX ROCKS!!!

  • tennisfan

    I’ve hardly seen the show, but recently listened to the audiobook of his autobiography (American on Purpose) and was blown away by how good it was. I’m sure the book is excellent reading as well, but it was a special treat to hear the material read by Craig himself. I highly recommend the book to anyone.

    • Greg

      I totally agree. That book was like my gateway drug into the world of Craig Ferguson. The chapter about his father was heartbreaking and sadly my father passed away only a month after I read it. But oddly revisiting the book it ended up being cathartic.

  • So What?

    I’ll never ever forgive him for not only having the alleged stars of Dr. Fruit on his show, but also by displaying that stupid time travelling Port-A-Potty on his desk.

  • An Average Sized Mustache

    The whole anthrax thing is ridiculous. The real anthrax killer wasn’t even an Islamist extremest. He was just some middle aged crazy white guy with some mental issues .

  • Meli

    Can we send REAL Anthrax to these nabobs who keep spamming the EW comments with ads for dating sites? Please???

  • Dicazi

    He said it might have come from France. Wonder if that was for real or part of the joking??

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