LOS ANGELES, Calif. –Comedian Craig Ferguson was able to crack a few jokes on his CBS talk show Tuesday after receiving a threatening letter that contained a white powder that turned out to be harmless.
“Today someone sent an envelope packed with white powder to the show. I offered to test it, but they said ‘no,'” Ferguson quipped during a studio taping of “The Late Late Show.”
Police were called to CBS Television City after the show received a threatening letter addressed to Craig Ferguson. Det. Gus Villanueva declined to discuss the nature of the threat against the talk show host, telling the Associated Press that the letter originated from overseas.
Two CBS employees were temporarily held in isolation after being exposed to the mysterious white powder around 3 p.m. They were released after it was determined the materials were deemed to be benign.
Law enforcement sources told gossip site TMZ that the powder turned out to be cornmeal.
FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller told the Associated Press that the agency is working with police to find out who sent the threatening letter.
The brief scare appeared to have rattled Ferguson’s nerves.
“I was going to come out and talk about the earthquake, but I can’t do that now,” he said about the magnitude 5.8 quake that struck the East Coast. “Because the earthquake only scared millions of people on the East Coast, but the white powder did something much worse. It scared me.”
Ferguson has since tweeted about the situation … saying, “Ack! Someone mailed my show white powder & claimed it was anthrax. I’m not a big fan of that sort of thing.”[postvideo src=”Bk-IwMVtajI”] Tags: Anthrax scare, CBS, comedian, Craig Ferguson makes light of threatening letter sent to him, Crime, police, Talk Show Host, Television