CBS has found its replacement for late-night veteran Craig Ferguson as host of “The Late Late Show.” The network announced today that British actor, comedian, writer and producer James Corden will take over the spot in 2015.
Corden, 36, has been piling up awards, winning a Tony for his work on Broadway and being honored by the BAFTAs for his U.K. television career.
He is currently starring opposite Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in the feature “Begin Again.” In the U.K., he hosts the sports-oriented comedic game show “A League of Their Own.”
Said Nina Tassler, chairman of CBS Entertainment: “James Corden is a rare entertainment force who combines irresistible charm, warmth and originality with a diverse range of creative instincts and performance talent. 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.”
The selection of Corden wasn’t a surprise. We reported last month that he was a contender for the job.