James Corden Announces That He’s Leaving “The Late Late Show” In 2023

April 29, 2022 / Posted by:

It looks like the streets of Los Angeles will be safe once more. You know, if your definition of “safe” is not receiving a profound hearing loss diagnosis after getting stuck in traffic behind James Corden and some famous person screaming karaoke songs in an SUV. James Corden has been hosting The Late Late Show since 2015, and he revealed during yesterday’s show that after an eight-year run, he has decided to be done. James’ last show as the host of The Late Late Show will happen around this time next year.

James opened last night’s show with his 52 weeks notice and explained that he recently signed a contract extension that would have him in the Late Late Show’s hosting seat for one more year. There isn’t a definite end date just yet, and 43-year-old James would only say that he’d be done before the summer of 2023. He added that the decision was the most difficult decision he’s ever made. However, he was a little bit vague when it came time to explain why he was choosing to leave the show. Anyone who has watched the Late Late Show segment “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts” might assume that James decided to call it a day after he realized he couldn’t stomach another bull penis or dolphin cum-glazed donut. But no, he says he’s always seen the show as a “journey” and an “adventure” and that he never intended it to be the “final destination.” He also spoke about his choice to leave to Deadline, saying:

“It’s been it’s a really hard decision to leave because I’m so immensely proud of the show,” Corden told Deadline. “I’m thrilled to be extending [for a year]. I always thought I’d do it for five years and then leave, and then I stayed on. I’ve really been thinking about it for a long time, thinking whether there might be one more adventure.”

“My bosses here at CBS have been incredibly supportive and extraordinarily patient with me while I made this decision,” Corden added.

And here’s James announcing the news on The Late Late Show. I’ll be honest, it would have been way more on-brand for him to sing “Bye Bye Bye” in that SUV with Joey Fatone and Lance Bass, but I guess a sincere, tearful reveal at the desk works too.

James moved to the United States from the UK specifically to take over The Late Late Show from Craig Ferguson, who retired after nine years as host in 2014. He hasn’t said whether he’ll stay in the U.S. or return to the UK. Deadline addressed the speculation that he might go back to the UK, to which James said he and his family “genuinely don’t know the answer to that.” Maybe he’ll spend some time going on vacation with his famous British friends. Perhaps he’ll make some more films that inevitably sweep the Razzie Awards. He also told Deadline that he might like to try writing something. But, he’s got plenty of time to think about his next move on this journey called life. In the meantime though, he has to plan the next twelve months of shows, to ensure he goes out on a high note. Or even a mediocre medium note. Anything to prevent his Late Late Show legacy from being reduced down to that of a blunt-smoking crotch-thrusting mouse.

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