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James Corden Is Coming To The U.S. To Take Over "The Late Late Show"

The British actor and comedian will be succeeding Craig Ferguson in 2015.

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Meet the new host of The Late Late Show.

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This is James Corden. He's famous in the UK for a quite a few things: playing Smithy in the cult BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey (which he also co-wrote), starring as Phil Bourne in the popular sitcom The Wrong Mans, and appearing in a couple of episodes of Doctor Who as Craig during the Matt Smith era.

Rumours that Corden had landed the Late Late Show gig began after The Wrap reported it last month.

In CBS's official announcement, Corden said: "I can’t describe how thrilled and honoured I am to be taking over from the brilliant Craig Ferguson. To be asked to host such a prestigious show on America’s number-one network is hugely exciting. I can’t wait to get started, and will do my very best to make a show America will enjoy.”

Nina Tassler, the chairman of CBS Entertainment, offered the following statement about the network's decision: "James Corden is a rare entertainment force who combines irresistible charm, warmth, and originality with a diverse range of creative instincts and performance talent. He is the ultimate multi-hyphenate – a writer, creator, and performer who is loved and respected in every medium he touches, including theater, comedy, music, film, and television.

"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."

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However, he's also known for some unfortunate incidents, such as when he interrupted Adele's acceptance speech at The BRIT Awards in 2012. She reacted like this.

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Just so you know the context: Corden was under pressure to introduce a special performance by Blur as the music award show was overrunning, so was forced to interrupt her. He regretted the incident and told BBC Radio 5, “I was so upset last night, and I can understand why Adele was…"

So British reaction to his new US talk show has been understandably mixed.

Americans expressing bafflement over who James Corden is: weep for your life as it was, for you shall not see its like again

Alex Hern@alexhern

Americans expressing bafflement over who James Corden is: weep for your life as it was, for you shall not see its like again

4:25 PM - 08 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Sorry, but why choose James Corden? I got nothing against him, I'm just curious.

#VerifyFlocks@agoverningfrost

Sorry, but why choose James Corden? I got nothing against him, I'm just curious.

4:23 PM - 08 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

At least Ferguson approves.

Congratulations to the spectacularly talented James Corden who will take over the LLS after me. Great choice. I heartily endorse & approve.

Craig Ferguson@CraigyFerg

Congratulations to the spectacularly talented James Corden who will take over the LLS after me. Great choice. I heartily endorse & approve.

11:31 AM - 08 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@CraigyFerg Thank you so much Craig. That's truly made my day. You are a true gent and a tough act to follow! X

Jkcorden@JKCorden

@CraigyFerg Thank you so much Craig. That's truly made my day. You are a true gent and a tough act to follow! X

5:50 PM - 08 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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