James Corden has hosted the popular late night talk show since 2015, but it’s time for him to move on, it seems.
Corden made the announcement during a recording of the show in Los Angeles.
“I never saw [the show] as my final destination and I never want this show to overstay its welcome in any way, I always want to love making it and I really think in a year from now that will be a good time to move on and see what else might be out there,” Corden said.
Corden also called the decision to leave “the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make.”
Corden’s contract was already due to end in August this year, but the comedian agreed to host one more season of his hit talk show. Corden created segments such as the Carpool Karaoke which has become increasingly popular and it has hosted stars such as Adele, Harry Styles and Lady Gaga.
“We wish he could stay longer, but we are very proud he made CBS his American home and that this partnership will extend one more season on The Late Late Show” said George Cheeks, president and CEO of CBS.
It’s anyone’s guess what Corden plans are after The Late Late Night, but the comedian has been starring in several Hollywood productions, such as the critically panned Cats and Netflix’s The Prom. He also told The Sun in 2020 that he misses the UK and is often homesick.
The talk show world is mostly dominated by white, aging male comedians and with Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert’s contracts also coming to an end soon, this could be an opportunity to diversify the league.