Late Late Show Head Honcho Explains Why He Initially Didn’t Think James Corden Should’ve Taken On The Gig


It’s been months since James Corden appeared on his final taping of the Late Late Show, which he hosted for eight years. He took over the CBS talk show from Craig Ferguson in 2015 and throughout his run, established himself as a familiar face in the late-night TV sphere. However, when he was offered the gig, at least one person told him not to take it — Ben Winston, who eventually became an executive producer on the program. Now, Winston is revealing why he initially had misgivings about Corden taking the job.

Ben Winston was asked about the eponymous host’s tenure at The Late Late Show with James Corden during the Edinburgh TV Festival. He has a producing partnership with the former host, and apparently was a sounding board for Corden when he was first offered the CBS hosting gig in America. Winston revealed that he initially thought the show was a step down for his colleague, who was already having a successful acting career at the time. He said (via Deadline): 

James came to meet me for lunch and said, ‘I’ve been offered The Late, Late Show and I’m really considering taking it,’ and I said ‘I think that’s the worst idea I’ve ever heard in my life,’ because he was doing so many different things. He was in a movie, Into the Woods, he’d just won a Tony and he had A League of Their Own. I said, ‘Why would you want to go and interview people every night?’

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