James Corden has announced he will be stepping down as host of The Late Late Show in 2023, after extending his contract with CBS for a final year.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Corden’s contract extension “will carry him through the 2022-23 season,” when he will leave The Late Late Show after an eight-year tenure as host. Corden addressed the news directly in a moving monologue he delivered during a taping of CBS’ late-night talk show on Thursday.
“This will be my last year hosting the show,” Corden announced. “When I started this journey, it was always going to be just that. A journey. An adventure. I never saw it as my final destination. I never want this show to overstay its welcome in any way. I still want to love doing and I really think a year from now will be a good time to move on and see what else there might be.”
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“We are not leaving today. We still have a year to go,” he added. “We’re all determined to make this show the best year we’ve ever had. We’re going to go out with a bang. There will be carpools and crosswalks and sketches and other surprises… and there will be tears. There will be so many tears because it was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make.”
Corden became the frontman of The Late Late Show in 2015, taking the reins from former host Craig Ferguson. He launched the fourth version of the show with Hollywood stars Tom Hanks and Mila Kunis who were the first of many celebrity guests to take the stage. Corden also generated buzz with segments such as Carpool Karaoke and Crosswalk the Musical.
“Seven years ago, James Corden came to the United States and took television by storm, with huge creative and comedic twists that resonated deeply with viewers on air and online,” said the CBS Chairman and CEO George Cheeks in a statement. “From ‘Crosswalk the Musical’ to the legendary ‘Carpool Karaoke’ and every single comedy segment he’s presented, James has truly reinvented many elements of the late night format… We wish he could stay longer, but we are very proud that he has made CBS his American home and that this partnership will extend one more season on The Late Late Show.”
Before landing the late-night hosting gig, Corden co-wrote and starred in the BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey, for which he won a BAFTA for Best Comedic Performance in 2008. He also appeared in several films, including Gulliver’s Travels, Into the Woods, and Tom Hooper’s widely criticized film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats.
Adele Ankers-Range is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.
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