James Corden confirmed as new host of The Late Late Show

Smithy's not in Barry anymore: British actor James Corden lands one of the biggest jobs in US entertainment

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James Corden will take over from US chat show host Craig Ferguson as host of The Late Late Show.

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After weeks of speculation, the British actor has finally confirmed he will be heading up the CBS programme, one of the biggest shows in the United States, when Ferguson steps down in December. 

Corden said, “I can’t describe how thrilled and honoured I am to be taking over from the brilliant Craig Ferguson.

“To be asked to host such a prestigious show on America’s number one network is hugely exciting. I can’t wait to get started, and will do my very best to make a show America will enjoy.”

CBS have yet to confirm a date for Corden’s first appearance, only saying that he will start in 2015. For Corden, it marks a big step up in a country where he is still relatively unknown.

The co-creator and star of Gavin and Stacey won a Tony Award for his lead role in stage play One Man, Two Guvnors when it transferred to Broadway in 2012, but Corden will still be a new face to many viewers of the long-running chat show.

The show is so called because it airs after Late Show With David Letterman (to be presented by Stephen Colbert next year) in the early-morning slot of 12.35am. 

Corden is currently presenting Sky1 entertainment show A League of Their Own, which is due to continue for at least three more years under the current deal. He will also return in a new series of BBC comedy thriller The Wrong Mans and star alongside Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep in Disney movie Into the Woods.

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CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler reassured viewers that the show was in safe hands yesterday, calling Corden “the ultimate multi-hyphenate – a writer, creator and performer who is loved and respected in every medium he touches, including theatre, comedy, music, film and television.”