James Corden confirmed to succeed Craig Ferguson on Late, Late Show

2014-08-06_1556UK performer James Corden is now confirmed to replace Craig Ferguson on CBS’ Late Late Show in 2015.

Corden, best known for Gavin & Stacey and The Wrong Mans, landed the role ahead of better-known US performers, both male and female.

“James Corden is a rare entertainment force who combines irresistible charm, warmth and originality with a diverse range of creative instincts and performance talent,” said Nina Tassler, chairman of CBS Entertainment in a statement. “He is the ultimate multi-hyphenate – a writer, creator and performer who is loved and respected in every medium he touches, including theater, comedy, music, film and television.”

“I can’t describe how thrilled and honoured I am to be taking over from the brilliant Craig Ferguson,” said Corden, in a statement. “To be asked to host such a prestigious show on America’s #1 network is hugely exciting. I can’t wait to get started, and will do my very best to make a show America will enjoy.”

Craig Ferguson announced in April that he would step down from The Late Late Show after ten years in the chair.

No launch date, nor location, has been announced as yet, but Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is keen to see the show remain in LA rather than move to New York.

“We’re not going to sit back. I’m going to keep being aggressive about pursing every opportunity to protect and create industry jobs, and our success in expanding the tax credit will be a huge boost moving forward,” he said.

Corden’s appointment continues a change in late-night hosts with Chelsea Handler recently leaving E! and David Letterman -whose Worldwide Pants production company owns The Late Late Show– set to exit CBS in 2015 and replaced with Stephen Colbert.

Source: Variety

4 Comments:

  1. Urgh! I remember hearing about this a while back and shaking my head.
    I don’t think he is funny at all, and the only time I every enjoyed his acting was on Fat Friends lol.

  2. @Craig – Well Ferguson is going to be hosting a game show called Celebrity Name Game (starting on September 22nd in the US) on Tribune Broadcasting which owns some CBS affiliates (Tribune used to be a CBS station much like how CBS has stakes in 11 here, it was with others ).

    From what I have read Ferguson will also be doing a syndicated half hour talk show on at either 7 or 7:30pm for Tribune as well and that will start in 2015, also as the blurb I read about it says: “Ferguson is expected to bring along his robot skeleton sidekick, Geoff, as well as executive producer Michael Naidus.”

    So it appears that something has happened along the way, though with Ferguson also working on other projects for CBS, there doesn’t seem to be any bad blood.

    I still believe it was as Ferguson said, he just felt it was time to move on from the Late Night scene and branch out into other areas.

  3. I still want to know if Craig wanted to take over the top job and replace Dave? Or was this just an easy out for him so he can do more acting and spend more time with his family.

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