AceShowbiz - James Corden is leaving "The Late Late Show with James Corden". The TV personality will step down as the host of the talk show after eight years despite CBS' "desperate" efforts to keep him for longer.
On Thursday, April 28, the 43-year-old TV host told Deadline, "It's been it's a really hard decision to leave because I'm so immensely proud of the show. I'm thrilled to be extending [for a year]." He continued, "I always thought I'd do it for five years and then leave and then I stayed on. I've really been thinking about it for a long time, thinking whether there might be one more adventure."
When asked if he plans to return to the U.K., James said he and his wife of 10 years, Julia Carey, "genuinely don't know the answer to that." He went on explaining, "It's something we think about and we talk about a lot but we haven't really made a decision on that yet. That's the life side of things which we'll figure out."
"I love living here [in Los Angeles]. I love everything it's given. My family and I have never taken this incredible adventure for granted," James, who is a father of three, noted. "Every day I drive down Sunset to work and I just think I'm from High Wycombe."
James also admitted he's eager to spend more time with his close pal Mark Noble, who is the captain of his favorite football team West Ham United. Mark is retiring at the end of this season. "He's the happiest that I'm not leaving in September because he's desperate to get out and play some golf," shared the presenter.
"I'll have been here for eight and a half years, he's been at that club since he was nine," he continued. "Nothing makes me happier to be thought of in the same breath as Mark Noble but I would be undeserving of such praise."
James later stressed that leaving the show will be a bittersweet farewell for him. "I'll miss the adrenaline of thinking, 'Next week I'm going to jump out of a plane with Tom Cruise, or in two weeks' time, we're going to drive around the White House in a car with Michelle Obama or sing 'Penny Lane' with Paul McCartney driving down Penny Lane," he told the outlet.
A separate source informed Daily Mail that James decided to quit at the end of season eight despite the best efforts of CBS executives. "We [CBS] desperately tried to keep him for longer but James only wanted to do one final year that will keep him on the show until next year," a senior CBS source revealed. "He's been such a hit for us for so many years, we will miss him very much."
"It's very rare to find a talent who can redefine a long-running format. His skits went viral globally, smashing records and creating the most-watched online clips in the history of late-night TV," the informant continued. "The biggest stars in the world have appeared on his show, which even took him to the White House!"
"The Late Late Show", which films out of Los Angeles, first premiered in 1995 with host Tom Snyder. Craig Kilborn and Craig Ferguson followed as host until James came along in 2015.