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CBS Confirms James Corden Will Replace Craig Ferguson on The Late Late Show

It's official: James Corden will take over hosting duties for The Late Late Show in 2015.

Liz Raftery

It's official: James Corden will take over hosting duties for The Late Late Show in 2015.

After several weeks of speculation, CBS confirmed Monday that Corden, 36, will replace Craig Ferguson, who announced in April that he will be leaving the show at the end of this year.

"James Corden is a rare entertainment force who combines irresistible charm, warmth and originality with a diverse range of creative instincts and performance talent," CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler said in a statement. "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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Added Corden: "I can't describe how thrilled and honored I am to be taking over from the brilliant Craig Ferguson. To be asked to host such a prestigious show on America's No. 1 network is hugely exciting. I can't wait to get started, and will do my very best to make a show America will enjoy."

Like his predecessor, Corden is an interesting choice for CBS, as he is mostly unknown in the United States. But while he's not a household name, Corden has certainly been a busy man in 2014. In addition to writing, producing and starring on the BBC's The Wrong Mans (which can also be seen on Hulu), Corden starred in the movie Begin Again and will also be seen opposite Meryl StreepEmily Blunt and Johnny Depp in the upcoming film adaptation of Into the Woods, which hits theaters in December.

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In 2008, Corden won a BAFTA Award for Best Male Comedy Performer for his performance in the British comedy Gavin & Staceywhich he also co-created and co-wrote. He also won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play in 2012 for his performance in One Man, Two Guvnors on Broadway.

This won't be his first hosting gig. Since 2010, Corden has hosted Britain's sports game show A League of Their Own and has emceed the annual Brit Awards.

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