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LOS ANGELES – James Corden said he will bend over backwards from his CBS TV show next year, calling it a “good time to move on and see what else could be out there.”
Corden announced his decision during the recording of Thursday’s The late late showwhich he started hosting in 2015.
“When I started this journey, it was always supposed to be just that. It was supposed to be a journey, an adventure. I never saw it as my final destination, you know?” he said. “And I never want this show to exceed its welcome in any way. I will always love doing it.”
Corden, who did not give details on what course his career could take next, said the show late at night “has changed my life. … I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved. It’s been beyond my wildest , wildest dreams. “
He stays with the show for another year, he said, promising it would “go out with a bang” and, he predicted, with “so many tears.”
In a statement, CBS President and CEO George Cheeks praised Corden for taking “big creative and comic swings”, including the “Carpool Karaoke” videos, in which Corden and pop stars including Adele and Paul McCartney performed singing along the way .
Corden’s contract was due to expire in August, but the London-born actor and writer extended the deal by another season. He leaves the show, which is broadcast on the weekdays at. 12:37 Eastern in the spring of 2023.
“We wish he could stay longer, but we are very proud that he made CBS his American home and that this partnership will extend one more season. The late late showsaid the Cheeks.
The network had no further comments, including who could replace Corden. The show’s previous host was Craig Ferguson.
Corden was considered an unlikely choice when he was appointed host The late late show. He had starred in the British sitcom Gavin and Stacey and won the Tony Award in 2012 for his Broadway appearance in One man, two guvnorebut was not widely known by American viewers.
“Carpool Karaoke” and other comedy segments, including “Crosswalk the Musical,” proved popular online, building Corden and the show’s reach beyond its broadcast home.
He has announced his decision, including in a podcast episode from December 2020 off Smartless. Corden said he had “an overwhelming sense that my family has been keeping pace with my drum for a very long time.”
Corden said he did not have an end date for the show in mind and that it “would always be a bigger family decision than a professional. It will be about people we miss a lot and who we are homesick for.”