James Corden told his audience last night that he will wrap up his “Late Late Show” at the end of 2023 after 8 seasons on CBS.
So what’s next? Everything.
When Corden made the deal for the talk show he was on the brink of starring in a revival of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” on Broadway. Let me tell you, Corden could pick right up where he left off and go for that in 2023 or 2024. A Tony winner for “One Man, Two Guvnors” in 2012, Corden can pretty much write his own ticket on The Great White Way if he wants to.
Corden’s smart get out of the “Late Late Show” now. He’s made his money and established himself in Hollywood. He’s been featured in a lot of movies, some good, some not but that’s true for everyone. He’s an extremely talented performer.
He’s also going to leave a terrific legacy from the show, from “Carpool Karaoke” to his impromptu musical numbers in street crossings. His trip to Liverpool with Paul McCartney is an all time highlight of TV and music history. Plus, he and producer Ben Winston expanded their horizons into things like the Grammy Awards without missing a beat.
So congrats to James Corden. Well played, sir. We look forward to seeing you back on Broadway.