James Corden Is ‘Absolutely Terrified’ Of Leaving ‘The Late Late Show’
James Corden only has 12 episodes left on The Late Late Show, but he isn’t ready to part ways just yet. As we previously reported, the show ends its run later this month. For the next three weeks, James will do one “Carpool Karaoke” segment per week, plus one final “Crosswalk the Musical” segment.
Corden has hosted The Late Late Show since March 2015, and its curtain will rise one last time on Thursday, April 27. CBS will also run a primetime special that final night at 10 pm ET: The Last Last Late Late Show with James Corden Carpool Karaoke Special. Tom Cruise will be the special guest and the two will take part in a musical performance of The Lion King at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood.
Reflecting on The Late Late Show
“It’s everything I ever wanted this show to be,” an emotional Corden said at this weekend’s PaleyFest LA. “It feels incredibly strange and it’s an unnatural feeling to walk away from something that you love so much. It’s not right, because you’re having such a great time. But at the same time, I’m so certain it’s the right thing to do. I think it’s important to go out in the manner that we came in.”
The television host knows he shouldn’t rush to a new project immediately. He plans to take a break and give himself a “moment.” He said, “If I’m sensible I will try to embrace some silence because it’s been really loud for eight years. I’m certain this is the most overwhelming year of my life, professionally. I haven’t felt this scared since I decided to take the show, to move here. I haven’t felt on such unstable ground, where I don’t know what I’m going to do. I have to embrace that feeling.”
What’s Next For Corden?
Reflecting on where his career took him, Corden explained, “I’m just aware that what I’m trying to do isn’t the road that’s often traveled, to go from like National Theatre, writing a TV show on the BBC, Broadway, host of a late-night talk show, shooting stuff in the middle of that, stopping the late night talk show and then going, ‘Oh, I’d like to do another play now.’ It just isn’t the road that’s been traveled to my knowledge, so with that comes a huge amount of fear. It’s terrifying, it’s absolutely terrifying.”
Planning to move back to England with his family this summer, he said he’d be willing to host the Tony Awards again in June (he’s hosted twice). He added that he would do Broadway. “I’d be really upset with myself if I didn’t within the next year,” Corden said. “I would give anything to go back and do a show again, I’d give absolutely anything.”