James Corden to Replace Craig Ferguson as THE LATE LATE SHOW Host

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CBS has apparently settled on a replacement for The Late Late Show host as Craig Ferguson aims to depart the late night talk show this December.  The Wrap is reporting that English actor, comedian, and writer James Corden will take over The Late Late Show hosting duties in Ferguson’s stead, making for a somewhat surprising (and yet not surprising) choice.  Corden rose to prominence in the UK as the co-creator, co-writer, and star of the BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey and subsequently lead the comedy play One Man, Two Guvnors, which earned him a Tony Award for its Broadway run.  Corden had a supporting role in this summer’s musical indie Begin Again and leads the upcoming Disney musical Into the Woods alongside Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep, which opens this Christmas.  More after the jump.

into-the-woods-emily-blunt-james-cordenCBS has yet to officially confirm that Corden is taking over The Late Show, but The Wrap appears to be confident in its report on the matter.  Corden is a bit of an odd choice in that he’s not exactly a known quantity here in the States, but it’s also kind of fitting that the host of The Late Late Show will continue to be a person of non-American descent.  That said, it would have been great to see CBS switch up the late night landscape with a person of color or, gasp, maybe even a woman.

I’m not too familiar with Corden’s work so it’s tough to say whether this is a good fit, but I will miss Ferguson in the late night landscape.  His audience for The Late Late Show is small but loyal, and you get the sense that he’s really marching to the beat of his own drummer every night.  Ferguson opted not to renew his contract with CBS when the network went outside with its replacement choice for The Late Show with David Letterman, signing Stephen Colbert to take over the prime late night CBS talk show starting in 2015.




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  • Let The Wookie Win

    Liked him in Doctor Who. Seems like a friendly, funny, personable dude AKA what networks want in a late show host these days.

    • bork1138

      he’s apparently a bit of an egotistical asshole, as discovered in his interview with piers morgan

      • Jamesy

        Yep that’s kind of the general opinion here in Britain. Enjoyed him in Gavin & Stacey, and the show as a whole. But as a person(although I don’t know him) he seems a bit, annoying…and this is based on interviews etc. If you want to get a better sense of how he is as a presenter, YouTube some clips or episodes from a show called “A League of Their Own” it’s a sports based comedy panel show, pretty funny actually but it’s a team effort. with Corden as the presenter and two team captains. I’m not sure how he’d fare on his own as a talk show host. I’d have preferred someone like Louis C.K to take over the helm. Hopefully Ferguson lands another show, where he can truly do his own thing, I hated how he would be bleeped any time he would curse…it’s a late night show!

  • Kyle Chandler

    Phew. That was a close one. I was afraid we might break the streak of middle-aged white guys on major network late night programs. I can finally put those fears to rest.

    • dude

      James Corden is 35, is that technically middle aged? And despite the fact that Craig Ferguson is probably one of the most criminally underrated late night comedians in the history of television, and that no one can replace him, Corden isn’t a bad choice.

      • Kyle Chandler

        Of course. I was being glib because it is a common and not entirely unfair criticism of current late night tv that they all look about the same. I actually think Ferguson is one of the better hosts, and I’m sure Colbert will kill it when he takes over for letterman.

        Not familiar with any of Corden’s work, so I have no idea how he’ll do.

        I would say that if you split age groups into 3, then I think it is fair to say that 30-60 is middle aged these days. 60-90+ is about retirement age (IRS considers the retirement age to be 59 1/2), and you usually get social security a few years after that.

      • Kyle Chandler

        Of course. I was being glib because it is a common and not entirely unfair criticism of current late night tv that they all look about the same. I actually think Ferguson is one of the better hosts, and I’m sure Colbert will kill it when he takes over for letterman.

        Not familiar with any of Corden’s work, so I have no idea how he’ll do.

        I would say that if you split age groups into 3, then I think it is fair to say that 30-60 is middle aged these days. 60-90+ is about retirement age (IRS considers the retirement age to be 59 1/2), and you usually get social security a few years after that.

  • Viggo

    They should have went with Norm MacDonald, or not fire Craig in the first place.

    • John

      Read the article. Ferguson chose not to renew his contract.

      • Viggo

        Its been reported several times that CBS wouldn’t renew it, so he really had no choice.

      • Viggo

        Its been reported several times that CBS wouldn’t renew it, so he really had no choice.

    • Guy

      Norm MacDonald would’ve been amazing. When he was on Conan last week it was pure genius. Norm is one of the most criminally underrated comedians out there.

    • Guy

      Norm MacDonald would’ve been amazing. When he was on Conan last week it was pure genius. Norm is one of the most criminally underrated comedians out there.

  • Marissa Evans

    I really don’t know what to make of this news. Both are hilarious both in writing and delivery. I look forward to Corden, but I do wish he’d gotten his own separate show so we could still enjoy Ferguson.

  • Marissa Evans

    I really don’t know what to make of this news. Both are hilarious both in writing and delivery. I look forward to Corden, but I do wish he’d gotten his own separate show so we could still enjoy Ferguson.

  • supperman

    I was hoping for Joel McHale personally

  • supperman

    I was hoping for Joel McHale personally

  • JoeBethersonton

    Awful news. Can’t stand him.

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