It's Official! James Corden Will Host 'Late Late Show'

by Jackie Willis 8:14 AM PDT, September 08, 2014
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After over a month of rumors, a new host of The Late Late Show has officially been confirmed.

The relatively unknown James Corden will be Craig Ferguson's replacement in 2015.

As CBS points out in their press release, the British 36-year-old is "a Tony Award-winning performer on Broadway, a BAFTA-winning star of a UK television series, a feature film actor with two releases this year and an acclaimed host, writer and producer in several genres of television."

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"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 said of his new job, "I can’t describe how thrilled and honored I am to be taking over from the brilliant Craig Ferguson. 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.”

Back in August, ET caught up with Ferguson who admitted he had no idea who was replacing him, despite all the rumors. "I don't know anything about it," the 52-year-old host spilled to ET while touring the set of his new game show, Celebrity Name Game. "It's CBS's show, so they haven't included me in what happens next, nor should they. So I don’t really know who that is, or what's going on."

On Monday, however, Ferguson was singing a different tune as he fully endorsed Corden on Twitter. He wrote: "Congratulations to the spectacularly talented James Corden who will take over the LLS after me. Great choice. I heartily endorse & approve."

The Late Late Show
airs after The Late Show with David Letterman, which will soon be headed up by Stephen Colbert. Do you think Corden is right for the role?

When this hosting news was all just a rumor, ET got to know Coden a little better. Here's what we uncovered: