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Late-night host James Corden announced Thursday that he’s made what he called the “hard decision” to leave “The Late, Late Show with James Corden” in 2023.
The 43-year-old comedian said he had opted to extend his contract to host the CBS talk show for “one more year” and will end up exiting the show just ahead of Summer 2023, reported Deadline magazine. By the time the British performer leaves, he will have hosted the late-night show for eight and a half years.
“It’s been, it’s a really hard decision to leave because I’m so immensely proud of the show. I’m thrilled to be extending [for a year],” Corden told the outlet.
“I always thought I’d do it for five years and then leave and then I stayed on,” he added. “I’ve really been thinking about it for a long time, thinking whether there might be one more adventure.”
He shared a clip on Twitter later from his late-night show when he made the official announcement to his fans.
After an incredible run, James announces that he will bid farewell to The Late Late Show in 2023. pic.twitter.com/k9KtKNmv5Q
— The Late Late Show with James Corden (@latelateshow) April 28, 2022
“So, seven and a half years ago, I started hosting the show,” the late-night host explained. “And there’s no other way to put it, it has changed my life. I love it. … So, I’m happy to announce today that I’ve signed a new contract to carry on hosting ‘The Late, Late Show.’”
The audience started cheering, but he cautioned them to wait because there was more, and it was “only half the story.”
“The other half is, the sadder news is I’ve decided to sign for one more year on the show,” Corden said. “And that this will be my last year hosting ‘The Late, Late Show.’”
Audible sighs can be heard from the audience in the background as the host genuinely sounded like he was getting emotional as he made the announcement about leaving.
Corden explained that when he “started this journey, it was always going to be just that, a journey,” as he said that he never saw it as his “final destination.”
“I really think in a year from now, that will be a good time to move on,” the late-night host shared. “And see what else might be out there. … We’re not leaving today. We still have a year to go, and we are all determined to make this the best year we have ever had making this show. We are going to go out with a bang.”
Corden then definitely got emotional calling it the “hardest decision” he’s ever had to make.