Comedian James Corden to leave his CBS late-night show next year | James Corden

British comedian and talkhow host James Corden will exit The Late Late Show on CBS television in 2023 after eight years in the job, a network spokesperson said on Thursday, a departure that may signal a larger shift in the direction of late-night television.

Corden began hosting the US weeknight show in 2015 and generated buzz with his viral Carpool Karaoke segments in which he sang along with stars including Adele and Lady Gaga.

The comedian’s contract was due to expire in August but he agreed to host the show for one more season that will run through spring of next year.

Corden announced the decision during a taping of his Thursday night episode in Los Angeles, the spokesperson said.

The comedian has previously signaled that he might be considering a move, including telling Variety last December that he “honestly” did not know if he would renew his contract, and that he “never really saw this job as a final destination. I saw it as a stop on a journey.”

The viewership for shows like Corden’s have dropped steeply in recent years, the New York Times reported, and several other prominent late-night hosts, including Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert, also have contracts slated to end soon, a situation that raises larger questions about the direction of late-night shows built around the personalities of ageing male comedians.

CBS did not immediately respond for a request for comment about who might be tapped to replace Corden on the Late Late Show or if the show would definitely continue after his departure.

“Seven years ago, James Corden came to the US and took television by storm, with huge creative and comedic swings that resonated in a big way with on-air and online viewers,” said George Cheeks, president and CEO of CBS.

“We wish he could stay longer, but we are very proud he made CBS his American home and that this partnership will extend one more season on The Late Late Show,” Cheeks added.

In 2020, Corden said that he and his family missed England, telling the Sun that he was “homesick,” and that the pandemic had heightened that feeling, the New York Times reported.

Several American TV critics Suggested that Amber Ruffin, a comedian who currently has her own late night show on NBC’s streaming service Peacock, would be a good pick to replace Corden. Nearly a decade ago, Ruffin became the first Black woman to write for a network late-night talkhow.

Corden, 43, also hosted the Tony and Grammy awards and appeared in films including the captivating but critically panned movie musical Cats.

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