James Corden — whom many DOCTOR WHO fans will recognize as Craig Owens from “The Lodger” and “Closing Time” — has been named Craig Ferguson‘s replacement as host of THE LATE LATE SHOW on CBS. Ferguson is leaving the program in late December, and Corden will take over in 2015.
Corden, who won a Tony for One Man, Two Guvnors and a BAFTA for the U.K. comedy series GAVIN AND STACEY, said:
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.
I will really miss Mr. Ferguson, as I think he was the best host on late night TV (sorry, David Letterman). His show had such a relaxed, convivial atmosphere and his interviews were really more like chats with friends. When he had chemistry with a guest, the show was amazing to watch. Ah, well…
Perhaps Corden can convince his buddy and 11th Doctor Matt Smith to make another appearance on the show? Ferguson welcomed Smith five times — and he was only a fan of the show, not an alumnus!