Ten years of hosting the same show will undoubtedly leave some incredibly big shoes to fill, and James Corden is officially the one for the job.
As has been speculated for quite some time, CBS have now confirmed that British actor and comedian James Corden will succeed Craig Ferguson as host of The Late Late Show, when the latter leaves in December.
Of the news, Corden has stated, “I can’t describe how thrilled and honoured I am to be taking over from the brilliant Craig Ferguson. I can’t wait to get started, and will do my very best to make a show America will enjoy.”
CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler has also said, “James Corden is a rare entertainment force who combines irresistible charm, warmth and originality with a diverse range of creative instincts and performance talent. 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.”
Ferguson himself has also confirmed his approval, tweeting,
Congratulations to the spectacularly talented James Corden who will take over the LLS after me. Great choice. I heartily endorse & approve.
— Craig Ferguson (@CraigyFerg) September 8, 2014
Although the Corden name may not mean much to those of you in the United States, he is something of a national treasure here in the U.K, best known for starring in and co-writing Gavin and Stacey, as well as appearing in The Wrong Mans, Doctor Who, and gaining hosting experience in sports panel show A League of Their Own. He has also won a Tony Award for his work on stage in One Man, Two Guvnors, and is making a move to the big screen, specifically alongside Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in summer 2014 film Begin Again, and in the highly-anticipated Into The Woods, due out this Christmas. All in all, if you don’t know who Corden is right now, undoubtedly you will do very soon, not least for his upcoming Late Late antics. Although some may express doubt over discrepancies between British and American humour, if anyone can do this job and do it well, I say Corden can.
Corden will take over the reins from Ferguson in the new year, opening what is sure to be yet another bright season for the Brit. News on the producers, location, and other details of Corden’s Late Late Show are to follow at a later date.
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