CBS Names James Corden as New ‘The Late Late Show’ Host

CBS Corp., owner of the most-watched U.S. television network, said British actor and comedian James Corden will be the new host of “The Late Late Show” starting in 2015, succeeding Craig Ferguson.

Ferguson, who has hosted the show for 10 years, said in an April broadcast that he would be leaving the show after December. Corden, 36, is the latest change to CBS’s late night lineup, after the network named Stephen Colbert as the new host of “The Late Show” when David Letterman retires next year.

Corden is a Tony Award-winning Broadway performer who will be starring opposite Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp in the Walt Disney Co. movie “Into the Woods,” which comes to theaters in December. He also hosts U.K. sports-comedy “A League of Their Own” and stars in, produces and writes the comedy thriller, “The Wrong Mans,” New York-based CBS said today in a statement.

CBS fell 0.3 percent to $59.05 at 11:53 a.m. in New York. The shares had dropped 6.8 percent this year through Sept. 5.

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