By: Zsófia Benyi
James Corden, British, Broadway strutter and lacking the typical talk show midwestern-twang, walked into America’s Bedrooms to throw the biggest late-night party every week: getting us all cracking up with laughter, quickly securing a sweet spot in our hearts. Nine years and many Carpool Karaokes, Drop the Mics, Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts sessions later, at 44, he returns to Britain. The forever flow of celebrity guests, edgy musical acts, games and sketches he delivered to our screens each week: will be missed. Since March 2015 and approaching his final show on April 28, we will not be the only ones missing James, CBS CEO George Cheeks exclaimed too, “We wish he could stay longer.” To remember his incredible career brightening our TV screens: it is time to walk down memory lane, wowing at how James Corden made it to the peak of talk show.
James Kimberly Cordon, as we found out his full name recently on the Jimmy Kimmel show (thank God he goes by James and America does not have to put up with three Jimmys total), started out as an actor, wrote romantic sitcom, Gavin & Stacey, won the BAFTA Award in 2008 for his role as Gavin’s pal Smithy and in 2014 replaced Craig Ferguson as host of CBS TV’s The Late Late Show. He quickly became a crowd favorite, hosting both the Tony Award (2016 and 2019) and Grammy Awards (2017 and 2018) ceremonies, appearing in Ocean’s 8 and lending his classic James voice to many movies. ‘Seven and half years ago I started hosting this show and there’s no other way to put it, it has changed my life,’ he said. ‘I never saw it as my final destination, and I never want this show to overstay its welcome…’ Even if he’d stay forever, it feels like we can never have enough of James: go watch Adele wake him up with a bang at his LA home driving him to work One Last Time!