James Corden confirmed to replace Craig Ferguson as new Late Late Show host

The British actor and comedian will take over on CBS next year

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James Corden has been confirmed to take over from Craig Ferguson on US talk show The Late Late Show.

The British actor and comedian, 36, had been tipped for the big entertainment job last month and will assume the role next year, the CBS network has said.

Corden promises to “make a show American will enjoy” in what will be one of his biggest gigs to date.

“I can’t wait to get started,” he said, adding that he was “thrilled and honoured” to be offered the “prestigious” slot.

Nina Tassler, CBS entertainment chairman, described Corden as a “writer, creator and performer who is loved and respected in every medium he touches, (who) combines irresistible charm, warmth and originality”.

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The Gavin and Stacey star is not widely known state-side, although his profile rose in 2012 when he won a Tony Award for his role as Francis Henshall in Broadway play One Man, Two Guvnors.

He has hosted the Brit Awards four times, presents Sky panel show A League of Their Own and has started writing the second season of his series The Wrong Mans.

 

Recently, he starred in Begin Again with Keira Knightley and will be seen in movie musical Into the Woods at Christmas.

Ferguson will leave The Late Late Show in December after starting his long stint in 2005.

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