James Corden Is Officially Replacing Craig Ferguson As 'Late Late Show' Host
It looks like the rumors that circled around last month that James Corden would be replacing Craig Ferguson as host for The Late Late Show were true. CBS confirmed this morning that the British writer, actor and comedian got the job.
It's not clear yet when exactly the 36-year-old will start his post for his 12:35 a.m. time slot; however, CBS says sometime in 2015, according to Variety. Ferguson, the zany host who had been hosting the show since 2005, will be stepping down this December. CBS hinted that the The Late Late Show may not be based in Los Angeles as it always has been, as they said the location and creative elements will be determined and announced at a later date.
Corden, who will be starring in Disney's upcoming Into the Woods musical adaptation, has had a long history writing and acting. He co-starred in musical feature, Being Again and had a recurring guest spot in BBC's Doctor Who. He co-created UK sitcom Gavin & Stacey and The Wrong Mans, which is available on Hulu. Also known for his work in theater, he snagged a Tony Award in 2012 for Best Actor in a Play for One Man, Two Guvnors.
“I can’t describe how thrilled and honoured I am to be taking over from the brilliant Craig Ferguson,” Corden said 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.”
Although Corden is more known to British audiences than Americans, he now joins the ranks of other male hosts who dominate the late night scene. The New York Times reported that there are currently 12 male hosts and zero female hosts for late-night talk shows. Other folks who were considered for Ferguson's spot included Joel McHale, Neil Patrick Harris and The Talk co-host Aisha Tyler.
Here is an interview with Corden on UK show The Michael McIntyre Chat Show: