James Corden Admits to Doubts About Taking Over 'Late Late Show'
"I was going back and forth about whether this was the right thing for my family and me," says the 36-year-old British actor
This story first appeared in the Dec. 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Neil Patrick Harris was up for it. So was Joel McHale. But the job of replacing Craig Ferguson as host of CBS' The Late Late Show ended up going to a guy almost nobody in America had ever heard of.
And James Corden wasn't even completely sure he wanted it. "I was going back and forth about whether this was the right thing for my family and me," says the 36-year-old British actor, who'll be relocating his wife and two young children from London to L.A. in order to take over Ferguson's 12:35 a.m. time slot beginning March 9.
A few years ago, people would have said that you shouldn't isolate yourself on a talk show and expect to succeed at anything else. But I would love to show that might not be the case." Corden already has a big following back home in England thanks to his part in the hit BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey. And his role as the Baker in Into the Woods certainly will boost his Q Score stateside.
But why would CBS gamble its late-night airwaves on such an unknown commodity? It's all about charisma, says CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler, who repeatedly has described Corden as "a cross between Fred Astaire and Jack Black."