James Corden is leaving The Late Late Show after eight years

James Corden will no longer host “The Late Late Show” on CBS in the summer of 2023.

The British actor-turned-channel has just renewed his current contract with the channel for another year, Deadline reported on Thursday.

Corden, 43, officially took over the desk chair at Studio 56 in Los Angeles in March 2015.

“It was a really tough decision to leave because I’m so incredibly proud of the show. I’m happy about the extension [for a year]’ Corden said in a statement. “I always thought I’d do this for five years and then leave, and then I stayed. It really took me a long time to think about whether there could be another adventure.”

The co-creator and star of British sitcom Gavin & Stacey surprised critics who thought the newcomer was a bold choice for CBS at the time. But Corden soon became widely known for his celeb-visited segment franchises like “Carpool Karaoke,” “Drop The Mic,” “Spill Your Guts,” and “Crosswalk Musical,” episodes of which often went viral on social media. The four-time Emmy-winning show now has more than 10 billion views and 27 million subscribers on YouTube alone.

James Corden leaves "The Late Late Show" next summer on CBS, after eight and a half years as a presenter.
James Corden is leaving “The Late Late Show” on CBS next summer after eight and a half years as a host.
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“Seven years ago, James Corden came to the United States and took television by storm, with tremendous creative and comedic swings that resonated with viewers both on-air and online,” said George Cheeks, CBS president and CEO.

That’s why network execs wanted to keep Corden “eager,” Deadline wrote. “My bosses here at CBS have been incredibly supportive and extraordinarily patient with me in making this decision,” Corden told the outlet.

James Corden with Adele on Carpool Karaoke
The episode of “Carpool Karaoke” starring Adele has been viewed over 250 million times on YouTube.
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However, some of its meme-worthy content has caught the eye of viewers in the past, such as the “Spill Your Guts” part, a truth-or-dare game of obscure and bizarre food choices — some of which are enjoyed by certain communities globally . Cultural protectors called the concept “insensitive”.

Corden also sparked backlash when fans discovered the chauffeur role he played during “Carpool Karaoke” was a ruse — the vehicle is actually towed while he and his pop star guests buckle up and ride along. Though it was fairly common practice during filming, Corden was shocked himself by the controversy, jokingly comparing it to the miserable reviews he received for his role in the disgraced movie musical Cats.

James Corden with Emmys
The Late Late Show with James Corden won four Emmys, including Outstanding Variety Talk Series.
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In a clumsy attempt to admit his part in the cinematic blunder — which “Cats” creator Andrew Lloyd Webber himself called “ridiculous” in 2020 — Corden and actress Rebel Wilson donned amateurish “Cats” costumes while they awards presented during this year’s Academy, a joke the Visual Effects Society didn’t find funny.

Corden said he hopes to spend more time writing after Late Late Show. Before that, there are still 200 more episodes to be filmed by next summer — bringing his total to about 1,250.

Actor and comedian Craig Ferguson previously ran CBS’s 12:30 p.m. ET slot between 2005 and 2014 after comedian Craig Kilborn had worked for five years beginning in 1999.

Potential host replacements were not communicated during the announcement.

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