James Corden confirmed to succeed Craig Ferguson on Late, Late Show
"I can’t wait to get started," says UK's James Corden, given the Late, Late Show hosting role ahead of US performers.
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.