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Craig Ferguson to James Corden: "I'm Delighted You're Taking Over"

Craig Ferguson's final Late Late Show airs tomorrow night and James Corden takes over in March, so during last night's show Ferguson brought Corden on for a symbolic passing of the torch, brief hazing, and warning to Late Late Show viewers to be nice to the new guy, who is apparently made out of 90% biscuits.

Craig Ferguson's Final 'Late Late Show' Guest Is Jay Leno

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson has officially added its final guest for its farewell episode on December 19th. According to THR, Jay Leno is set as Ferguson guest on the final show, while some of Late Late Show's most frequently recurring guests — including Tim Meadows, Thomas Lennon, Betty White, and Henry Winkler — are also slated to show up during the weeks leading up to the finale. Click through to see the full lineup of guests for December:

CBS Officially Names James Corden the Next 'Late Late Show' Host

Last month, news broke that Tony-winning British performer James Corden had been named the new host of The Late Late Show, and today CBS officially confirmed the update. Corden will take over for Ferguson after he leaves this December, and in the meantime Corden stars in Begin Again with Kiera Knightley and Mark Ruffalo as well as the upcoming Disney musical Into the Woods with Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, and Emily Blunt. Here's Corden's official statement regarding his Late Late Show hiring:

"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 [...]

CBS Exec Says New Craig Ferguson Replacement Might Not Be a Talk Show

It's been three months since Craig Ferguson announced he's leaving CBS's The Late Late Show in December, and the network has yet to say who his replacement will be. CBS entertainment chief  Nina Tassler, in a Q&A with TV critics today said that the network's new 12:35am program might not even be a talk show. Here's what she had to say:

"There’s certainly a knee-jerk reaction to go for a more traditional, behind-the-desk interview format, but who knows? This is an opportunity us look at all kinds of hosts — not only from the comic world, but maybe the political world. Right now, we’re doing our homework [...]

Norm Macdonald Auditions for 'The Late Late Show' on 'Conan'

As you may have heard by now, Norm Macdonald really, really wants to take over The Late Late Show after Craig Ferguson leaves this December, so on last night's Conan he got the chance to show his chops in a minute-long audition displaying all the different talk show skills required for the job.

Judd Apatow, Thomas Lennon, Jim Gaffigan, and More to Guest Host 'Late Late Show' Next Year

Before James Corden takes over as host of The Late Late Show in March, CBS has lined up a bunch of guest hosts to show up between Monday, January 5th and Friday, March 6th. The network announced the lineup today, which includes returning guest hosts Drew Carey and Jim Gaffigan as well as Judd Apatow, Will Arnett, Wayne Brady, Billy Gardell, Sean Hayes, Thomas Lennon, John Mayer, and Kunal Nayyar. CBS has made some great picks — it'll be particularly fun to see Apatow, Gaffigan, and Lennon as late night hosts — but apparently the network couldn't find a single woman to host within two months [...]

'The Late Late Show with James Corden' Premieres on CBS March 9th

Craig Ferguson's Late Late Show successor just got an official premiere date. THR reports that The Late Late Show with James Corden will premiere on the network on Monday, March 9th. The show will tape at the CBS Television City lot in Los Angeles, and the network has also signed on British writer/producer/director Ben Winston — who currently works as executive producer on the British X Factor — as Late Late Show showrunner. "We're excited to begin CBS's next chapter after midnight and introduce James' wide range of performance talents and fearless creative instincts to American television viewers," CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler said in a statement. "He [...]

A Video Guide to 'The Late Late Show's New Host James Corden

CBS made a completely unexpected announcement today with the news that they'll be replacing Craig Ferguson with British comedian and actor James Corden as host of The Late Late Show next year. After all the news of Chelsea Handler's interest in hosting for CBS, Norm Macdonald's huge online campaign to get the gig, and Craig Ferguson saying that his replacement should "unquestionably be a female," the news of a relatively unknown name in the States landing the coveted late night spot comes as a big surprise, though Corden is far from unknown in the UK, where he's shown up in a ton of musicals, shows, [...]

Joel McHale Officially Says He Isn't Interested in Hosting 'The Late Late Show' on 'Conan'

A picture tweeted by the wife of CBS President Les Moonves of the two of them with Joel McHale started a firestorm or rumors that the Soup/Community star would take over for Craig Ferguson when he steps down as host of The Late Late Show. CBS denied it, and now McHale has as well, saying "Who would do that? That is so much work, right?" to Conan. Let the wild speculation continue!

CBS Says They're Not in Talks with Joel McHale to Take Over 'The Late Late Show'

With NBC having canceled Community last week and freeing up star Joel McHale in the process, many have speculated that he'd be groomed to take over CBS's soon-to-be-vacated 12:35 am program The Late Late Show, but CBS boss Les Moonves is now insisting that the network is not in talks with McHale.

Speculation began this week after especially after Moonves's wife Julie Chen tweeted out a picture of her, her husband, and McHale, but Moonves said, during an interview with Bloomberg Television, it was just a chance meeting at a party and "there was no discussion about 12:30." He explained, "We were at a party the other night. We [...]

James Corden Talks 'Late Late Show' with David Letterman

Next year's new host of The Late Late Show James Corden was a guest on Friday's Late Show, where he told Letterman all about how it felt to get the gig and what his father thought once he told him about its 12:30am time slot. Watch more from the interview below:

Craig Ferguson Reveals His Worst 'Late Late Show' Guest Ever

How angry was Craig Ferguson when he found out that he didn't get Letterman's gig? Who was the worst guest ever during his stint on Late Late Show? Did CBS give him a huge consolation payout for not taking over Late Show? Ferguson answered two out of these three questions on Watch What Happens Live, but it's pretty easy to see through his poker face during that last response.

British Comedian James Corden to Take Over for Craig Ferguson on 'The Late Late Show'

CBS has chosen its replacement for Craig Ferguson. The Wrap reports that the network has British comedian James Corden set to take over The Late Late Show when Ferguson leaves at the end of this year. Corden stars in the upcoming Disney film Into the Woods as well as Begin Again, which is currently out in theaters.

Next up for Ferguson is a new hosting job on game show Celebrity Name Game, which is set to debut this fall.

Why CBS Should Audition Its Potential 'Late Late Show' Hosts On Air Again

In the summer of 2004, host Craig Kilborn abruptly departed CBS's nightly 12:35am program The Late Late Show, and the network made a rather unusual choice when it came to selecting the show's next host: for the first and only time in late night history, CBS auditioned all of its potential hosts on air, letting its audience in on the host selection process that has always taken place behind closed doors.

Inspired by the success of Live with Regis and Kathie Lee finding Kathie Lee Gifford replacement Kelly Ripa via on-air auditions, CBS tried out 22 different Late Late Show hosts on air over the course of three months in the [...]