James Corden has announced that he will step down as host of The Late Late Show in 2023, having extended his contract with CBS for one final year.
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Corden’s contract extension “will take him through the 2022-23 season,” at which point he will leave The Late Late Show after eight years as host. Corden addressed the news directly in an emotional monologue he delivered during a taping of CBS’s late-night talk show on Thursday.
“This will be my last year hosting the show,” Corden announced. “When I started this journey, it was always going to be just that. A journey. An adventure. I never saw it as my final destination. I never want this show to stay longer than expected in any way. I always want to love doing and I truly believe that a year from now will be a good time to move on and see what else there might be.
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“We’re not leaving today. We still have a year to go,” he added. “We’re all determined to make this the best year we’ve ever had doing this show. We’re going to go out in a big way. There will be Carpools and Crosswalks and sketches and other surprises…and there will be tears. There will be so many tears because this has been the decision.” hardest thing I’ve ever had to take.
Corden became the front man for The Late Late Show in 2015, taking the reins from previous host Craig Ferguson. He launched the fourth version of the show with Hollywood stars Tom Hanks and Mila Kunis, who were the first of many celebrity guests to take the stage. Corden also generated buzz with segments like Carpool Karaoke and Crosswalk the Musical.
“Seven years ago, James Corden came to the US and took television by storm, with huge creative and comedic shifts that greatly resonated with viewers on air and online,” said CBS President and CEO , George Cheeks, in a statement. “From ‘Crosswalk the Musical’ to the legendary ‘Carpool Karaoke’ and every single comedy segment he hosted, James has really reimagined a lot of elements of the late-night format… We wish he could stay longer, but we’re so proud he made CBS his American home and that this partnership will be extended for another season on The Late Late Show.
Before landing the job of late-night presenter, Corden co-wrote and starred in the BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey, for which he won a BAFTA for Best Performance in a Comedy in 2008. He has also appeared in several films, including The Voyages of Gulliver, Into the Woods, and Tom Hooper’s much-reviewed film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats.
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