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‘He would be perfect’: Trevor Noah could REPLACE James Corden on ‘The Late Late Show’

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“…it’s not clear what Trevor’s current deal with The Daily Show is, but his name has been mentioned many times by executives,” a source said

American host James Corden recently announced that he would be leaving his CBS talk show The Late Late Show in 2023 after eight years. South African comedian Trevor Noah may be joining the show following Corden’s exit, according to reports.

“It was a really tough decision to leave because I’m so incredibly proud of the show. I’m excited to extend [for a year]. I always thought I’d do this for five years and then leave and then I stayed. I’ve been thinking for a really long time about maybe there could be another adventure,” Corden told Deadline in April 2022 about his decision.


A source told The Sun: “Most of the crew found out in the day before anyone else that James was going and everyone will be sad to see him go. The main name currently floating around behind the scenes is Trevor Noah, he has to be perfect and has more than enough experience. James has a year left and it’s not clear what Trevor’s current deal with The Daily Show is, but his name has been mentioned many times by executives.”

According to the insider, Noah would have plenty of work joining as the main presenter or one of many, as James has taken The Late Late Show to new heights and been a great boss. “He’s certainly not Ellen, he’s loved by everyone who worked with him. In the pandemic, he sent many gifts to employees and made sure they were all paid. He does everything he can to make sure he doesn’t come across as an asshole,” the source added.

The network is reportedly evaluating a number of options and is still in the “early days”. Meanwhile, insiders told Variety that CBS is considering replacing Corden’s standalone program with a multi-host panel. According to reports, it’s “very likely” that executive producer Ben Winston and his team will be talented in developing the new show. “Ben is the real brains behind the operation and is really taking Hollywood by storm at the moment.”

“There’s no greater compliment than a channel scrapping a show altogether when a presenter leaves, let alone replacing a one-on-one show with a panel format. Talk about Corden’s footsteps being too big to fill!” the source concluded. Noah, 38, a host and political commentator in addition to being a comedian, has hosted The Daily Show on Comedy Central since 2015.

“My bosses here at CBS have been incredibly supportive and extremely patient with me as I made this decision. There are some other things I want to do. I would like to try to write. There are a few [stories] I want to tell. I want to see if I can do that. The fact that it’s terrifying is the reason we do it,” Corden told Deadline.

“Out of respect for everyone [staff], I want to tell you that now and say that we can really go into this last year with absolute enthusiasm and passion and love. These shows are not built by one person. I’m very fortunate to work with some people whose talents and gifts just blow my mind,” he added.

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