James Corden is all set to leave The Late Late Show. By the time he leaves in 2023, he will have hosted the show for eight and a half years.
In an interview with Deadline, Corden shared, “It’s been it’s a really hard decision to leave because I’m so immensely proud of the show. I’m thrilled to be extending. I always thought I’d do it for five years and then leave and then I stayed on. I’ve really been thinking about it for a long time, thinking whether there might be one more adventure.”
James Corden has given new life to viral segments like Drop The Mic. Carpool Karaoke, Spill Your Guts, and Crosswalk Musical. The Gavin & Stacey co-creator was more like a surprise choice for him.
The Late Late Show YouTube page has had nearly 10 billion views and has more than 27 million subscribers. Corden’s Carpool Karaoke with Adele has been viewed over 250M times on YouTube while his video with One Direction has over 189 million views.
CBS Chiefs, George Cheeks, Kelly Kahl, Thom Sherman, Nick Bernstein, and West Coast offered Corden a number of deals that included a three-year extension, a two-year extension, and a rolling one-year deal before he made his decision of leaving. Cordon added, “My bosses here at CBS have been incredibly supportive and extraordinarily patient with me while I made this decision.”
CEO Cheeks said, “Seven years ago, James Corden came to the U.S. and took television by storm, with huge creative and comedic swings that resonated in a big way with viewers on-air and online. From Crosswalk the Musical to the legendary Carpool Karaoke, and every unique comedy segment he introduced, James has truly reimagined many elements of the late night format. He has also been the consummate network showman, entertaining audiences from his nightly perch at Television City as well as the Tony and Grammy stage. In my two years at CBS, I’ve had the privilege to see James’ creative genius up close and experience his valuable partnership with CBS, both as a performer and a producer. We wish he could stay longer, but we are very proud he made CBS his American home and that this partnership will extend one more season on The Late Late Show.”
CBS also has to figure out what to do with Corden’s place on the show and how to replace him. There has been a lot of speculation over the last few years about whether Corden would quit the show and return to the UK but Corden told Deadline that he and his family “genuinely don’t know the answer to that.”
As of now, Corden has got 200 more shows to go. He wanted to give his team a good amount of notice so that leaving the show didn’t turn into a surprise for everyone.
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