British comedian and talk show host James Corden will leave The Late Late Show on CBS television in 2023 after serving eight years, a network spokesperson said Thursday, a departure that could mark a bigger shift toward late night television.
Corden started hosting the American weeknight show in 2015, generating buzz with his viral Carpool Karaoke segments in which he sang with stars like Adele and Lady Gaga.
The comedian’s contract was set to expire in August, but he agreed to host the show for another season, which will run until spring next year.
Corden made the decision known during a taping of his Thursday night episode in Los Angeles, the spokesperson said.
The comedian has previously indicated he might consider a switch, including telling Variety last December that he “honestly” didn’t know whether he would renew his contract and that he “never really saw this job as a final destination”. I saw it as a stopover on a journey.”
Viewership for shows like Corden’s has plummeted in recent years, the New York Times reported, and several other prominent nighttime guests, including Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert, also have contracts that are about to end, a situation that raises bigger questions about the future. towards nighttime shows built around the personalities of older male comedians.
CBS did not immediately respond to a request for comment about who might be tapped to replace Corden on The Late Late Show or whether the show would continue permanently after his departure.
“Seven years ago, James Corden came to the US and took television by storm, with huge creative and comedic swings that resonated widely with viewers on the air and online,” said George Cheeks, CBS president and CEO.
“We wish he could have stayed longer, but we are very proud that he has made CBS his American home and that this partnership will extend another season on The Late Late Show,” Cheeks added.
In 2020, Corden said he and his family missed England and told the Sun he was “homesick” and that the pandemic had reinforced that feeling, the New York Times reported.
Multiple American TV critics suggested that Amber Ruffin, a comedian who currently has her own late night show on NBC’s streaming service Peacock, would be a good choice to replace Corden. Nearly a decade ago, Ruffin became the first black woman to write for a late night talk show on the network.
Corden, 43, has also hosted the Tony and Grammy awards and appeared in films, including the captivating yet critically panned movie musical Cats.