A British actor and comedian is reportedly going to be the newest U.S. late-night talk show host.
“James Corden is taking over for Craig Ferguson as host of ‘The Late Late Show’ on CBS, an individual with knowledge of the situation has told TheWrap,” reports Jeff Sneider in a scoop.
Ferguson has already said that he will be leaving the program at year’s end.
“A representative for Corden did not immediately respond to requests for comment, while CBS couldn’t confirm at this time,” said TheWrap.
Corden is not well known in the U.S., but is a household name in the United Kingdom, according to The New York Times: “He is recognized by nearly 85 percent of consumers in the United Kingdom, according to Omnicom Group’s The Marketing Arm Celebrity DBI.
“His strongest attribute in the U.K. is his likability, with about three-quarters of people who know him saying that they like him, according to The Marketing Arm. Consumers say they find Mr. Corden as appealing as the actors Jack Nicholson and Natalie Portman.”
However, news of Corden’s possibly hosting “The Late Late Show” was not greeted with universal applause, said The Times: “The news sparked a wave of criticism across social media, with several people expressing disappointment about the continued lack of diversity among late-night hosts.
“ ‘UGH this is so hard because I LOVE James Corden but WILL WE EVER HAVE A WOMAN ON NETWORK LATE NIGHT NO SERIOUSLY THO,’ one woman posted to Twitter on Tuesday.”