James Corden’s ‘Late Late Show’ Start Date Announced

Craig Ferguson will exit CBS late-night show in December

Craig Ferguson will step down from CBS’s “Late Late Show” on Dec. 19, with his replacement, James Corden, stepping in to take his place on March 9, 2015, the network said Thursday.

Ferguson announced his intention to exit the show after 10 years in April.

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Corden, who co-created and starred in the UK series “Gavin and Stacey” and won a Tony award for the Broadway production “One Man, Two Guvnors,” will tape “The Late Late Show” at CBS Television City in Los Angeles.

The network also said that producer, director and producer Ben Winston will serve as executive producer of “The Late Late Show With James Corden.” Winston, a long-time friend of Corden’s,  is known in the UK as a producer, director and writer with credits in television, movies, music videos and commercials. Notably, he produced Corden when the latter hosted the prestigious Brit Awards for four years. Winston is currently an executive producer on the hit UK version of “The X Factor.”

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“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,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment. “He and Ben have been friends for a long time and partnered together on a variety of successful projects.  They are a creatively dynamic and very energetic host/producer combination.”