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James Corden to replace Craig Ferguson as host of 'The Late Late Show'

It's official: James Corden is the new host of "The Late Late Show." Corden will replace Craig Ferguson on the program in 2015."I can't describe how thrilled and honored I am to be taking over from the brilliant Craig Ferguson," the Tony and BAFTA winner said in a statement. "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, an
Image: James Corden in 2014
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Corden is set to join \"The Late Late Show\" early next year.Today

It's official: James Corden is the new host of "The Late Late Show." Corden will replace Craig Ferguson on the program in 2015.

"I can't describe how thrilled and honored I am to be taking over from the brilliant Craig Ferguson," the Tony and BAFTA winner said in a statement. "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."

Corden, 36, starred opposite Mark Ruffalo and Kiera Knightley in "Begin Again" this summer and will appear opposite Anna Kendrick and Meryl Streep in "Into the Woods" this December.

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"James Corden is a rare entertainment force who combines irresistible charm, warmth and originality with a diverse range of creative instincts and performance talent," Nina Tassler, chairman of CBS Entertainment, said in a statement. "He is the ultimate multi-hyphenate — a writer, creator and performer who is loved and respected in every medium he touches, including theater, comedy, music, film and television. James is already a big star in the U.K. and he's wowed American audiences on Broadway; we're very excited to introduce his considerable and very unique talents to our network television audience on a daily basis."

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Corden hosts the U.K. sports-themed comedy series "A League of Their Own" and stars in the BBC/Hulu series "The Wrong Mans." He won a Tony for "One Man, Two Guvnors" and co-created the hit U.K. comedy "Gavin and Stacey." He also starred in the series, winning a BAFTA for his work on the comedy.

Ferguson will sign off from hosting duties in December with Corden set to take over in 2015. Producers and location for "The Late Late Show With James Corden" will be announced at a later date.