James Corden, the British theater actor and comedian who became a TV host late at night in the US, said on Thursday that he would leave his nightly show at. 12.30 on CBS next year. Sir. Corden came with the message during a recording of his talk show in Los Angeles.
Mr. Corden, host of “The Late Late Show” since 2015, has for some time signaled that he was strongly considering leaving the show.
Five months ago, Mr Corden told Variety that he never saw his late perch as “a final destination.” In an earlier interview with The Sun, Mr Corden said he and his family were “homesick”.
Mr. Corden’s contract was due to expire in August, but he signed an extension that will keep him at CBS until next spring.
“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 on ‘The Late Late Show,'” said George Cheeks, president of CBS, in a statement.
James Cordens Run on ‘The Late Late Show’
The British actor and comedian, who became a TV host late at night, announced he would be leaving his CBS show in 2023.
Mr. Corden’s impending departure is one of the most significant changes to the comedy series since 2014 and 2015, with veteran hosts such as David Letterman, Jay Leno and Jon Stewart leaving their shows, and a new generation of stars, including Mr. Corden, Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah and HBO’s John Oliver, went on the air.
There is a sense of insecurity late at night after Mr Corden’s departure. Jimmy Kimmel, the longtime ABC host, has a contract that is about to expire and has publicly said he was unsure if he would renew. Stephen Colbert, whose show precedes Mr. Corden’s at CBS also has a contract that expires next year. Chris Licht, the longtime executive producer of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” left last month to become president of CNN. And Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” recently underwent another showrunner shift, the fourth in four years.
There are questions throughout the entertainment industry about the long-standing viability of the talk show genre in the evenings. Over the last few years, as viewing habits have changed rapidly, ratings of the programs have declined. Five years ago, about 2.8 million people tuned in to Mr. Corden’s show as well as NBC’s 12:30 am show, “Late Night With Seth Meyers.” By 2022, that number had dropped to about 1.9 million, according to Nielsen’s delayed viewer data.
Talkshows – which depend on current relevance and the audience that makes it a daily habit to tune in – have also not performed well on streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu.
Mr. Corden got into late night fights in style when his show debuted in 2015. Mr. Corden, who had a successful theater career but was still relatively unknown in the United States, became a star from one day to the next. “Carpool Karaoke”, a signature of his show, featured him singing alongside stars such as Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama and Adele, and clips routinely went viral.
“Seven years ago, James Corden came to the United States and took television by storm, with huge creative and comic fluctuations that resonated in great style with viewers on air and online,” said Mr. Cheeks.
But Mr Corden’s comedies – focused on games and musical sketches – were quickly out of step with the spirit of the times.
The landscape changed significantly after Donald J. Trump entered the White House. The audience in the evening began to devour biting political humor. Within a few weeks of Mr. Trump’s inauguration dropped Mr. Fallon’s fun-and-play approach to “The Tonight Show” steeply in viewership, and Mr. Colbert became the No. 1 late-night host, thanks to his more current approach. He has had that leadership for more than five years. Like Mr Fallon, Mr Corden was in favor of a lighter show.
Sir. Corden set his late night in other high-profile ventures, including hosting the Tony Awards and Grammy Awards. He has also starred in several films, including the critically gnawed “Cinderella” and “Cats.”
Sitting behind his “Late Late Show” desk, Mr. Corden’s decision to leave the hardest “he’s ever had to do.”
“I never want this show to in any way exceed its welcome,” he said. “I will always love to do it. And I really think in a year’s it will be a good time to move on and see what else can be out there.”