CBS made it official today, announcing this morning that James Corden will be the new host of The Late Late Show in 2015, taking over when Craig Ferguson leaves the show at this year’s end.
Corden, 36, has won the Tony Award, hosts the BAFTA Award-winning sports/comedy game show A League of Their Own on Sky 1, and appears in two movie musicals this year, Begin Again, and the upcoming adaptation of Into The Woods. He also stars, produces and writes The Wrong Mans, a sitcom airing across the pond on the BBC and available in the U.S. online via Hulu.
“James Corden is a rare entertainment force who combines irresistible charm, warmth and originality with a diverse range of creative instincts and performance talent,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment. “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. James is already a big star in the UK and he’s wowed American audiences on Broadway; we’re very excited to introduce his considerable and very unique talents to our network television audience on a daily basis.”
“I can’t describe how thrilled and honoured I am to be taking over from the brilliant Craig Ferguson,” said Corden. “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.”
Ferguson also voiced his approval at the hiring.
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
Corden won the Tony in 2012 for Best Leading Actor in a Play for “One Man, Two Guvnors.”
He also previously co-starred in Gavin and Stacey, a BBC comedy series he co-created and co-wrote. Corden’s additional film credits include “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People,” with Jeff Bridges; “Gulliver’s Travels,” with Jack Black; and “The Three Musketeers,” with Orlando Bloom.
CBS has yet to announce where they’ll produce and shoot The Late Late Show with James Corden, or what format the show will take when it hits the airwaves in 2015, following David Letterman (and eventually, Stephen Colbert).
Previously: Sizing up James Corden by his previous TV talk-show appearances as guest and host.
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