James Corden to Replace Craig Ferguson as ‘Late Late Show’ Host
British comedian and actor James Corden is the new host of the Late Late Show on CBS.
After more than a month of rumors, the network confirmed on Monday that Corden will replace current host Craig Ferguson.
“I can’t describe how thrilled and honored I am to be taking over from the brilliant Craig Ferguson,” said Corden in a CBS 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.”
Corden is set to take the reins in 2015, but the official announcement hints that the Corden-hosted program might look a little different and possibly not be based in Los Angeles. Details about both the creative elements and location will “be determined and announced at a later date.”
Stateside, Corden, 36, is best known for his guest spot on BBC’s Doctor Who — he played the Doctor’s roommate during the Matt Smith era — and his Tony Award-winning performance in One Man, Two Guvnors. Overseas, audiences are more than familiar with Corden’s work. He starred in and co-created the BBC comedy series Gavin and Stacey for three seasons, made a name for himself on the theater circuit and has hosted the Brit Awards since 2010.
Back in April, Ferguson announced that he intended to leave the show after 10 years as host. While some speculated that Ferguson’s departure had to do with CBS giving David Letterman’s job to Stephen Colbert, the comedian denied that in an interview with Variety back in April.
“Ten years is a very long time in one job — for me,” he told Variety. “I wanted to leave the show before I stopped enjoying it. That was my goal. I didn’t want it to be a chore”
Ferguson reportedly planned to leave this summer but stayed on long enough for the network to find a successor.
Corden starred opposite Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in Begin Again, which is in theaters. In December, he will appear alongside Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp in the film version of Into the Woods.
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