CBS names British performer new host of 'Late, Late Show'

CBS names British performer new host of 'Late, Late Show'

LOS ANGELES (CBS) - CBS announced James Corden will be the new host of its "Late, Late Show" after current host Craig Ferguson leaves the program in December.

Corden, who the network calls "a multi-faceted performer, host, writer and producer with accomplishments that span television, theater, film and comedy" will take over the reins of the daily late night show early in 2015, according to network spokesperson Chris Ender.

Corden is a Tony award-winning Broadway performer, and has starred in a television series in his native England. He is starring in two theatrical releases this year. In "Begin Again," he stars opposite Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo, which is in theaters now, and will share the screen with Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt in "Into the Woods," slated to hit theaters in December.

"James Corden is a rare entertainment force who combines irresistible charm, warmth and originality with a diverse range of creative instincts and performance talent," CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler said. "James is already a big star in the UK and he's wowed American audiences on Broadway; we're very excited to introduce his considerable and very unique talents to our network television audience on a daily basis."

Corden says he's thrilled and honored to be taking over from Ferguson, who has hosted the show for 10 years.

"To be asked to host such a prestigious show on America's #1 network is hugely exciting. I can't wait to get started, and will do my very best to make a show America will enjoy," Corden said.

Corden won the Royal Television Society Award for Comedy Writer of the Year for his work on "The Wrong Mans," the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Comedy Writer of the Year, the South Bank Show Award for Comedy, the Tric Award for Best Comedy and the National Television Award in 2010 for Best Comedy.

Corden's additional film credits include "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People," with Jeff Bridges; "Gulliver's Travels," with Jack Black; and "The Three Musketeers," with Orlando Bloom.

Ferguson, a native of Scotland, announced his intention to leave the show on his April 28 broadcast. No official date has been given for his final show, but the network says it will be in December.

No official premiere date has been listed for Corden's first show on the program as yet.

"The Late, Late Show" airs at 12:35 a.m. weeknights after "The Late Show with David Letterman."

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