James Corden, host of The Late Late Show on CBS, made his debut appearance on The Howard Stern Show on Monday. During the wide-ranging conversation, Howard brought up rumors that Corden will be making a change and possibly eliminating one “Late” from his hosting duties.
Howard suggested that Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Show on CBS, might be leaving his gig within a year due to behind-the-scenes turmoil and CBS not being satisfied his ratings. With the popularity of Corden’s show segments like the viral sensation Carpool Karaoke, it is believed that the 37-year-old London native would be tabbed to be Colbert’s replacement. Corden is aware of the rumors and vehemently denied them.
“Firstly, and I genuinely mean this, I’m not being coy in any way, that’s never gonna happen,” Corden said. “These shows always take a while to find their feet. Now we’ve been very lucky, because we were starting from a point of zero, and we didn’t know that on show two we’d put Carpool Karaoke out and it would become what it’s become. Or show one, when we did the movie thing with Tom Hanks. It just feels archaic to me to even talk about it. It’s never gonna happen.”
The interesting thing is, Corden was scheduled to appear on The Late Show on Monday night. He said he didn’t expect Colbert to address the rumors because of how far-fetched they are.
“Of course he won’t, because this isn’t a real thing,” Corden said. “The last time I was on his show, I went on a Friday because we’re not on Fridays and he said, ‘Now how come I have to work on a Friday and you get your Friday off?’ And I said, ‘Well we can switch if you want, but we’ve gotta switch wages.’”