James Corden’s hosting days on CBS are coming to an end!
After years of wooing millions worldwide with his comedic gifts and his ability to charm the pants off every celebrity guest, the British heartthrob is saying goodbye to “The Late Late Show.”
DEADLINE confirmed the heartbreaking news of the entertainer’s departure from the Primetime Emmy winner himself, who described it as a tough decision.
James Corden Plans On Quitting Despite CBS Showrunners’ Best Efforts To Keep Him
The countdown to Corden’s imminent departure from “The Late Late Show” has officially begun. After pondering how much longer he wished to spend on CBS, the comedian extended his contract by a year.
This marked great news for fans of the celebrity talk show as they would continue to enjoy the London native’s wit and humor before he departs ahead of 2023’s summer.
The TV personality has been hosting the beloved show for nearly a decade after taking the reins from Craig Ferguson in 2014.
However, before the Tony Award winner made his debut on March 23, 2015, the entertainer was largely unknown in the US but famous in the UK for co-writing and starring in the BBC sitcom “Gavin & Stacey.”
But with his ingenuity, warm-hearted interview style, and whimsical stunts, the 43-year-old transformed the show into an award-winning masterpiece with various viral segments such as “Carpool Karaoke, Drop the Mic, Spill Your Guts, and Crosswalk Musical.”
The “Carpool Karaoke” segment became an instant hit with viewers who enjoyed watching A-listers join the TV host for a drive while singing their favorite tunes.
When fellow Londoner and songstress Adele came on the show, her Carpool episode amassed over 250 million views on YouTube, while Corden’s session with One Direction received 189M views.
The talk show’s YouTube account also racked up over 27 million subscribers, making it one of the most followed late-night gigs.
Given how much recognition CBS has gotten with the “Cats” star’s efforts, it was not surprising that the showrunners tried to retain the actor by offering numerous deals, including two to three years extensions.
Unfortunately, the Glamour Man of the Year award winner only agreed to extend his show for a year. Regarding his imminent departure, the father-of-three said:
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 [for a year]. I always thought I’d do it for five years and then leave.
By the time the “One Man, Two Guvnors” star steps down from his pedestal, he would have hosted “The Late Late Show” for eight and a half years.
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This also means that the TV host would be rounding up his CBS days half a year less than Ferguson, the show’s previous host.
As for what he plans on doing after leaving the talk show, the “Peter Rabbit” voice actor has not decided on the next phase of his life. However, he expressed his desire to write.
“There’s still some other things that I feel I want to do,” Cordon said. “I’d like to try and write. There’s some [stories] I’d like to tell. I’d like to see if I’m capable of it.”
Before he tackles this new adventure, the entertainer has about 200 more episodes to shoot, which would eventually make 1,250 episodes since he started.
The Golden Globe Nominee Opened Up About His 28lbs Weight Loss Journey
Earlier this year, The Blast reported that the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) honoree lost an impressive amount of weight.
The comedian dropped 28lbs after partaking in the famous weight loss program WW, previously known as Weight Watchers, in early 2021.
Corden also became an ambassador for WW, telling the brand’s former ambassador Oprah Winfrey, that his weight loss journey was a failed endeavor until he joined the program.
Aside from the program helping him lose weight by changing his perspective on food, the Londoner confessed that the program improved his family life as he had more energy to spend with his wife and kids.
The 43-year-old explained that he wanted other men to experience healthy bliss, noting that society typically made males think they should not care about their looks.