James Corden to replace Craig Ferguson

James Corden is to host 'The Late Late Show'.

The British actor-and-presenter will reportedly take over from Scottish host Craig Ferguson - who announced his departure in April after nine years at the helm - on the CBS nightly talk show, sources "with knowledge of the situation" told website The Wrap.

Neither the 'One Chance' actor nor CBS - who will see Craig depart at the end of the year - have commented on the claims yet.

James' reported appointment comes after several other names were in the frame for the role, including British comedian John Oliver, 'How I Met Your Mother' actor Neil Patrick Harris, and US talk show host Chelsea Handler.

'The Late Late Show' airs on weekdays after the 'Late Show with David Letterman' and began in 1995.

It features a mixture of celebrity guests and people who have featured in the news, and under its departing host the emphasis of the programme has been on comedy.

Past hosts of the show include Craig Kilborn, who took the reins in 1999 in a bid to attract a younger audience, and former news reporter Tom Snyder, who was the programme's original presenter.

Tony award-winner James can next be seen in Disney's forthcoming musical adaptation of stage play 'Into the Woods'.

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