It’s never too ‘Late Late’ for James Corden to go home again

CBS late-night host takes his show back to England for a week

James Corden of ‘The Late Late Show With James Corden’ weeknights on CBS

Q: As you take “The Late Late Show With James Corden” back to your native England for a week, what are your thoughts about having the show in a place to do that?

A: I didn’t know that Nina Tassler – who was the president of CBS at the time – had seen me in that play (“One Man, Two Guvnors,” which earned Corden a Tony Award) and, unbeknownst to me, set about getting me to do something on that network. And here I am hosting this television show every day, which is something I never thought I’d be doing.

Q: When you took the show to England last summer, a major highlight was your “Carpool Karaoke” with Sir Paul McCartney. How do you look back at that now?

A: The response to it has been like nothing I’ve experienced, really … that it would mean so much to people. Almost every day, someone will mention it to me.

It’s a testament to him and what his music means to people, the history they have with him and those songs. To go back to the place where it all started, it really was the truest representation of what that segment could be, I think.

Q: As talk of your potential re-upping for “The Late Late Show” for several more years has become public, what’s your feeling about continuing with it?

A: I enjoy the creativity of it. I’m very fortunate to work with really talented and passionate people, and we’re a small group compared to lots of other shows. We always want to try to just make a true variety show every day, and no day is the same. That’s sort of our mantra, really. We always just think, “Well, what’s a fun thing to do?”

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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