TREVOR Noah is a hot favorite for The Late Late Show after host James Corden announced he is leaving in 2023 after eight years, a source has exclusively told The Sun.
London-born James, 43, turned down a multi-million dollar deal to continue hosting the US show in order to spend more time with his family in the UK.
Now there are plans to switch up the regular format and find new talent, with CBS rumored to have their sights set on Noah, 38, as his star continues to rise.
The South African native who is also a comedian and political commentator has hosted The Daily Show on Comedy Central in New York since 2015.
He previously appeared as a guest on The Late Late Show before hosting the Grammy Awards, which also aired on CBS.
On James’ departure, a source told The Sun: “Most of the crew found out James was going a day before anyone else and everyone will be sad to see him go.
“The main name currently floating around behind the scenes is Trevor Noah, he would be perfect and has more than enough experience.
“James has one 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.”
The insider said Noah would cut his job if he joined as the main presenter or one of many, as James has taken The Late Late Show to new heights and has been a great boss.
“He’s certainly not Ellen, he’s loved by everyone who worked with him,” they said.
“During the pandemic, he sent many gifts to staff 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 said the network is evaluating a number of options, and it’s “in the early days,” with insiders also telling Variety this week that the program could drop a number of hosts.
A source told the outlet that the network is “considering replacing James’ standalone programming with a multi-host panel,” which she says is “a sign of how late night is changing as viewers see the best programming.” via social media rather than watching them in their early morning time slot.”
The Sun source added that executive producer Ben Winston and his team will remain at Fulwell 73 “very likely” to develop the new show with talent.
“Ben is the real brains behind the operation and is really taking Hollywood by storm right now,” they added, having also produced the new Kardashians show on Hulu.
The Late Late Show format has been running since 1995 with three other presenters ahead of James, Tom Snyder, Craig Kilborn and Craig Ferguson.
“BIG SHOES TO FILL”
A source previously told The Sun: “There’s no greater compliment than a channel scrapping a show entirely when a presenter leaves – let alone replacing a one-off show with a panel format.
“Talk about Corden’s shoes being too big to fill!”
James previously told ‘Deadline’: “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 that for five years and then leave, and then I stayed.
“I’ve been thinking for a really long time about whether there could be another adventure.”
“My bosses here at CBS have been incredibly supportive and extremely patient with me as I made this decision.”
James added: “There are some other things I want to do. I would like to try to write.
“There are some [stories] I want to tell. I want to see if I can do that. The fact that it’s terrifying is the reason to do it.
“I’m going to miss the adrenaline when I’m like, ‘Next week I’ll be jumping out of a plane with Tom Cruise, or in two weeks we’ll be driving around the White House in a car with Michelle Obama or singing Penny Lane while Paul McCartney drives down Penny Lane .
“All my biggest ambitions for what it is [the show] could be, it absolutely surpassed them all.
“My intention is to try to walk out exactly the way we walked in, which is to walk out with a bang.”
https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/5518958/trevor-noah-late-late-show-james-corden-quits-host/ The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah ‘may join the Late Late Show’ after James Corden departs the series after eight years