James Corden leaving Late Late Show after eight years

James Corden next to a billboard advertising The Late Late Show in Los Angeles, California in 2015

British comedian and actor turned US talk show host James Corden has announced he will be leaving The Late Late Show next year.

He made the announcement during a tape recording of the CBS network show in Los Angeles, California on Thursday.

Corden – best known in the UK for TV series Gavin and Stacey – has hosted the US-based talk show since 2015.

Speaking on Thursday’s edition of the show, he said it had been “the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make.”

“I never saw [the show] as my final destination and I never want this show to overstay its welcome in any way, I always want to love making it and I really think in a year from now that will be a good time to move on and see what else might be out there,” he said.

Corden took over the role of hosting the late-night talk show from comedian and actor Craig Ferguson in 2015.

He has become a household name in the US, presenting notable showbiz awards such as the Tony and Grammy awards.

During his time on The Late Late Show, he introduced segments such as ‘Drop the Mic’ and ‘Carpool Karaoke’ – which featured celebrities including singer Adele and Prince Harry. The segments went onto have their own standalone series.

Corden said hosting the show had changed his life.

“I am so proud of what we’ve achieved, it’s been beyond my wildest, wildest dreams,” he said.

He added that the coming year’s show would be “the best year we have ever had… we are gonna go out with a bang”.

In a statement, George Cheeks, the president and CEO of the CBS network said: “From ‘Crosswalk the Musical’ to the legendary ‘Carpool Karaoke,’ and every unique comedy segment he introduced, James has truly reimagined many elements of the late night format.

“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.”

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