NEW YORK — Craig Ferguson will spend tomorrow’s future yesterdays (as his theme song proclaims) somewhere other than “The Late Late Show.” Friday was his last hoorah after a decade as host of the CBS talk show.

And what did we learn (as Ferguson is fond of posing at the end of each hour)? Maybe that it was Bob Newhart all those years disguised as Secretariat the Pantomime Horse?

Secretariat has long been a popular member of the “Late Late Show” stable, but proper credit was never given to the people who brought him to life. That mystery was answered – well, sort of – in the finale.

As Ferguson chatted with his robot sidekick, Geoff, he pondered who it might be inside the horse costume.

“Lift up your head, let’s see who you really are,” he called across to Secretariat, who was watching from his stall, stage left. Off came the head of the costume to reveal Bob Newhart.

“What are you doing here?” the astonished Ferguson asked.

“Hey, guy, it’s YOUR dream,” replied the comedy legend, spoofing the classic final scene from his sitcom, “Newhart,” a quarter-century ago.

Ferguson’s going-away party also featured former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno as his sole guest.

–From news service reports