James Corden will exit The Late Late Show next year

James Corden (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)
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James Corden plans to walk away from The Late Late Show in 2023. A new report provides details on Corden’s future in late-night TV.

According to a story from Deadline, Corden extended his contract with CBS for one year. The comedian plans to exit The Late Late Show prior to the summer of 2023.

Corden took over the late-night series in 2015 after making a name for himself in the U.K. He succeeded Craig Ferguson and will have hosted for eight and a half years by the time his contract expires.

Corden expressed gratitude at the opportunity and the relationships he’s made as Late Late Show host in a statement to Deadline:

"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 and then I stayed on. I’ve really been thinking about it for a long time, thinking whether there might be one more adventure. My bosses here at CBS have been incredibly supportive and extraordinarily patient with me while I made this decision."

James Corden’s plan to leave The Late Late Show isn’t a total surprise

James Corden put his stamp on The Late Late Show with bits like “Carpool Karaoke,” “Crosswalk Musical,” and “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts.” Despite the success and the increased fame it earned Corden, a longterm stay in the role was never a guarantee.

As Corden noted in his comments to Deadline, he never planned to host the show beyond five years. CBS and The Late Late Show team were likely aware of his thought process.

A December 2020 report from Deadline also hinted that Corden was mulling over his future. The COVID-19 pandemic increased his desire to return to the U.K., and the multitalented comedian suggested a move was on the horizon.

“I have a couple of years to go on this contract. Ending the show will always be a bigger family decision than a professional one,” he said, via The Sun.

“It will be about people at home who we miss very, very much, who we are homesick for. I also feel like my wife and I have three young children, and they are three young grandchildren that we’ve taken away from people.”

Corden will likely address the news of his scheduled departure on an upcoming episode of The Late Late Show. He’ll shoot 200 more episodes, and fans can expect a proper sendoff for the popular host.

CBS will then have to decide whether to replace Corden or revamp the show entirely and offer something different after The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

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