James Corden to make Late Late Show debut in March

James CordenThe Late Late Show With James Corden will debut on CBS on the 9th March 2015 it has been confirmed this week. Current host Craig Ferguson will leave the programme in December.

It’s also been confirmed the Late Late Show will remain in Los Angeles and not move to New York – Reuters reports “Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti praised CBS for keeping the show in the city as California politicians have sought to stem the outflow of entertainment production which has been lured by tax incentives from other states”.

Reuters also reports “California politicians fought to keep the “Tonight Show” in Burbank, and they also unsuccessfully tried to lure CBS’s “Late Show” to Los Angeles from New York when Stephen Colbert takes the reins from David Letterman next year. New York was able to keep the “Late Show” by offering tax credits and grants for job commitments from CBS”.

In the opening period of 2015, leading up to James Corden’s debut, guest hosts will fill the void left behind by Ferguson.

Reuters – “James Corden to debut as CBS’s ‘Late Late Show’ host in March”

Tony Mendez fired from the Late Show

Tony MendezOne huge Late Show news story broke this week whilst I was away on holiday in New York – cue card “boy” Tony Mendez was fired from the Late Show With David Letterman.

69 year old ‘Inky’ Mendez has been the Late Show for 21 years, and regularly appears on-screen including in his own internet series on the Late Show website called The Tony Mendez Show (a candid behind-the-scenes look at the show containing his own wacky stunts and segments).

According to various reports, Tony got into a scuffle with long-time Late Show writer Bill Scheft over changes being made to the cue cards he holds up.

The New York Post reports “the altercation between on-air favorite Mendez and 15-time Emmy nominee Scheft erupted on Oct. 9 before the show’s Thursday taping, but it was triggered by a verbal dustup the day before in Letterman’s dressing room, Mendez said”.

Variety reports “they were discussing the changes in Letterman’s dressing room” and “Scheft reportedly interrupted Mendez” who shouted “I know what I’m doing! Get off my back… Letterman then accused Mendez of having a sour disposition, which Mendez did not take well to”, to which Mendez is said to have responded “you’re the one who has the sour disposition, motherf***er”.

Mendez told The New York Post “I know I shouldn’t have put my hands on him… but this has been coming for a long time… Bill was always undermining me – making himself out as Dave’s No. 1… trying to pretend that I wasn’t even in the room… little passive-aggressive things”.

Tony said “I just grabbed him by the shirt… he was very surprised. He didn’t say a word. He was cowering, his eyes were real big, he probably peed a little bit on his pants”.

He’ll continue to get paid by the programme until it ends its run next year – it’s rumoured the final episode may air in May 2015.

There’s currently been no response from Dave about the firing of Mendez as it’s been a ‘dark week’ on the Late Show this week (no new tapings).

Showbiz news programme Extra caught up with Mendez to get his reaction – click here.

NY Post – “Letterman’s cue-card guy fired after argument, assault on writer”
Variety – “‘Late Show With David Letterman’ Cue Card Writer Fired After Assault”

James Corden confirmed as new Late Late Show host

James CordenCBS have confirmed James Corden will take over as host of the Late Late Show when Craig Ferguson steps down at the end of the year. This was rumoured back in August.

British actor, comedian and presenter James Corden will start hosting the late night programme in 2015.

He’s relatively unknown in the US but starred in Broadway show One Man Two Guvnors to rave reviews recently, and is currently appearing in film Begin Again with Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, and will soon be in film Into The Woods with Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt.

In the UK he’s most known for his writing and acting in BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey, hit BBC comedy The Wrong Mans and as host of Sky1’s hugely-popular comedy sports quiz show A League Of Their Own. In addition to hosting A League Of Their Own he’s also had further experience with a live audience having hosted The BRIT Awards in recent years.

In the official CBS press release, chairman of CBS Entertainment Nina Tassler said “James Corden is a rare entertainment force who combines irresistible charm, warmth and originality with a diverse range of creative instincts and performance talent… he is the ultimate multi-hyphenate – a writer, creator and performer who is loved and respected in every medium he touches, including theater, comedy, music, film and television. James is already a big star in the UK and he’s wowed American audiences on Broadway; we’re very excited to introduce his considerable and very unique talents to our network television audience on a daily basis”.

Speaking in the press release, James Corden said he “can’t describe how thrilled and honoured I am to be taking over from the brilliant Craig Ferguson… to be asked to host such a prestigious show on America’s #1 network is hugely exciting. I can’t wait to get started, and will do my very best to make a show America will enjoy”.

It’s not yet been confirmed where the new Late Late Show With James Corden will be recorded and the exact start date is to be announced nearer the time. Craig Ferguson steps down in December 2014.

Craig Ferguson gave his congratulations to Corden on Twitter:

James gave his own thanks on Twitter:

CBS – “CBS Announces James Corden as Host of The Late Late Show”
The Guardian – “James Corden confirmed as new host of CBS late-night talk show”

Craig Ferguson to host syndicated talk show

It’s being reported Craig Ferguson is close to reaching a deal to host a new syndicated talk show on US TV.

The new show would air at 7pm and would be distributed by Tribune Media Services.

Craig FergusonThe Washington Post reports it “will begin airing next fall” (2015) and that Late Late Show executive producer Michael Naidus will come to the new programme with him, along with robot skeleton puppet Geoff.

In addition to the new syndicated talk show, Craig Ferguson will also be hosting syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game (which starts next month).

Ferguson will leave CBS’s Late Late Show programme, with British actor/comedian James Corden the favourite to take over the gig.

The Washington Post – “Craig Ferguson to host new early evening talk show”
NY Daily News – “Craig Ferguson nears deal to launch new syndicated talk show…”