James Corden Ends Eight-Year Late Show
James Corden, a British comedian and actor turned US talk show host, has announced that he will leave The Late Late Show next year. He made the announcement during a CBS network show taping in Los Angeles.
Since 2015, Corden, who is best known in the UK for the TV series Gavin and Stacey, has hosted the US-based talk show.
He said it was “the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make” on Thursday’s episode of the show.
“I never saw [the show] as my final destination, and I never want this show to outstay its welcome in any way,” he said. In 2015, Corden succeeded comedian and actor Craig Ferguson as host of the late-night talk show.
After an incredible run, James announces that he will bid farewell to The Late Late Show in 2023. pic.twitter.com/k9KtKNmv5Q— The Late Late Show with James Corden (@latelateshow) April 28, 2022
He has become a household name in the United States, having presented prestigious entertainment awards such as the Tony and Grammy Awards.
He introduced segments such as Drop the Mic and Carpool Karaoke, which featured celebrities such as Adele and Prince Harry during his time on The Late Late Show. The segments were later adapted into their own series.
Corden stated that hosting the show had a positive impact on his life.
He said, “I am so proud of what we’ve accomplished; it’s been beyond my wildest, wildest dreams.”
He went on to say that the upcoming show would be “the best year we’ve ever had… we’re going out on a high note.”
On Twitter, Corden’s predecessor praised him for doing an “outstanding job.”In the 1990s, Corden began his career in the West End before appearing on TV shows such as Boyz Unlimited, Teachers, and Fat Friends.
In 2004, he returned to the London stage in Alan Bennett’s award-winning The History Boys at the National Theatre, and in the 2006 film Timms, he reprised his role as a schoolboy.
By the following year, he and his former Fat Friends co-star Ruth Jones had co-created and starred in the Bafta-winning BBC comedy Gavin and Stacey, which aired for three seasons and was revived for a 2019 Christmas special.
Horne and Corden, a BBC Three sketch show with Gavin and Stacey’s Mathew Horne that premiered in 2009, did not go over well with critics and was only made into one series.
They also co-hosted the 2009 Brit Awards, with Corden asked back as a solo host from 2011 to 2014. They also starred in the film Lesbian Vampire Killers, which was also critically panned.
He returned to the National Theatre in One Man, Two Guvnors, which went on to the West End and then Broadway, where he made a name for himself and won a Tony Award for best actor.
In 2011, George Michael hosted the first episode of Carpool Karaoke for Comic Relief.
Corden took over The Late Late Show in 2015, bringing with him Carpool Karaoke, which drew A-list guests like Michelle Obama, Prince Harry, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Ed Sheeran, and Madonna.
Corden starred in the live-action remake of Cats in 2019, which was critically panned and earned him a Razzie Award for worst supporting actor.
He also voiced Peter Rabbit in two successful films, received a Golden Globe nomination for The Prom with Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman in 2020, and starred alongside Camila Cabello in Cinderella in 2021.