“So before we go to the break, I have some news of my own to share with you,” Corden said during his opening monologue. “Seven and a half years ago I started hosting this show and there’s no other way to say it – it’s changed my life. I love it. I love all the people who work here. I am “so proud of what we have achieved. It has been beyond my wildest, wildest dreams.”
The 43-year-old went on to say to he had extended his contract with the network when the audience cheered and clapped.
“But wait, wait,” Corden joked. “Wait. I appreciate it. It’s really only half the story of this one. The other half is, the sadder news is… this will be my last year’s host.”
“Awwww,” replied the crowd in chorus.
“Do not you dare!” said Corden, pointing to the audience. The studio broke out in laughter.
Craig Ferguson hosted the show for 10 years before Corden took over in March 2015. Since then, Corden has has held “the ultimate night after party”, with a mix of celebrity guests, “edgy” musical performances, games and sketches, according to the show’s website. Corden renewed the show, which is broadcast on weekdays at 12:30 ET, with segments such as “Carpool Karaoke”, “Drop the Mic”, “Play Your Guts or Fill Your Guts” and “Crosswalk the Musical.”
In the segment “Play Your Guts or Fill Your Guts”, Corden sits down with a celebrity and they take turns asking each other questions. Participants must choose between answering the questions truthfully or consuming unusual items on the table, which have included cow’s blood, pig tongue jelly, bird saliva, ant yogurt and cow tongue. In the “Crosswalk the Musical” sketch, Corden dresses up as a character and performs a musical with celebrities in the middle of a busy intersection, surprising motorists.
Craig Ferguson announces he will be leaving the ‘Late Late Show’ in December
Corden, who describes himself as the “chunky entity” and is said to be Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour’s favorite comedian, reached new levels of stardom when he began his “Carpool Karaoke” videos. The approximately 15-minute-long clips show Corden driving around while celebrities in the passenger seat sing along, sometimes to their own songs.
The host is known for being with and interviewing his guests when they hit a red light. Adele, Bruno Mars, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez have all starred in the series.
Corden, who has three children with his wife Julia Carey, has also starred in films including “Cats,” “Peter Rabbit” and “The Prom,” for which he received his first Golden Globe nomination. He recently hosted HBO Max’s “Friends: The Reunion” and starred in the long-awaited 2019 Christmas special of “Gavin & Stacey”, a show that Corden co-created with Welsh actress Ruth Jones.
A moment into Friday morning’s show, Corden left the comedy and opened up around the difficult choice to make.
“When I started this journey, it would always be just that,” Corden said. “It should be a journey, an adventure. I never saw it as my final destination. … I never want this show to exceed its welcome in any way. I will always love making it, and I really think that in a year from now, it will be a good time to move on and see what else can be out there. “
What comes next is still unclear, the comedian told Deadline. But his future projects could include writing, he added.
“There are still some other things that I feel I would like to do,” Corden told the entertainment news site. “I would like to try writing. There are some [stories] I would like to tell. I want to see if I’m capable of that. The fact that it’s scary is the reason why it’s done. “
Back on the CBS set, Corden was emotional over the next 200 episodes he will host, calling his choice to leave “the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make.”
“But … we are not traveling today,” Corden said. “We still have a year left and… we’re going out with a bang.
“This is for the next 12 months and it’s going to be a bang. I promise.”