It was rumoured, but now US network have confirmed that James Corden (The Wrong Mans) will take over from Craig Ferguson as the host of The Late Show.
“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.”
Corden, who is currently filming the second series of his comedy The Wrong Mans, said: 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.”
Craig Ferguson announced in April that he would be stepping down from his role as the host of the Late Late show and he is expected to bow out in December. Corden is due to takeover in 2015.