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NOV. 8, 2004
According to producers, Ferguson adeptly varies his interviewing styles during the week of test shows that include guest Mark Harmon.

JUNE 9, 2005
Toby Keith is a guest. Talent bookers notice that Ferguson is able to put his guests at ease. Soon after, more guests vie to appear on the show, including more country music acts.

JAN. 30, 2006
Ferguson’s monologue is a moving tribute to his father, who had just passed away.

FEB. 4, 2008
His first show as an American citizen and he offers footage of the swearing-in ceremony.

DEC. 8, 2008
Ferguson now must deal with the death of his mother, whom he eulogizes in his monologue.

FEB. 5, 2009
The roof in the studio leaks — he grabs a raincoat and mops, making sure the stage floor is dry before guests enter.

FEB. 19, 2009
Ferguson takes a reflective stance on Britney Spears as a target of the tabloids and says he won’t poke fun at her anymore.

MARCH 4, 2009
Archbishop Desmond Tutu appears on the show.

APRIL 25, 2009
The first show after Ferguson emceed the White House Correspondents Dinner: He’s still exuberant from hosting the event with the president.

MAY 8, 2009
Ferguson often interacts with the camera for his cold openings, but on this night his normal playful tap of the camera results in the camera lens popping out and shattering on the floor.

OCT. 27, 2009
The night the lights went out: CBS Television City has a power outage, as does much of Los Angeles, but since the generators immediately back up the cameras, the show keeps rolling except for the lights. Ferguson grabs a flashlight and finishes the show with his own spotlight.