When CBS announced that James Corden was going to be the next host of The Late Late Show, the usually fractious US media commentariat united in a common response: Who? No one seemed to have heard of the Gavin & Stacey star and, if they did, they certainly did not anticipate him inheriting one of American television’s talkshow thrones.
Scot Craig Ferguson had built a passionate but small following during his 10-year tenure so, when he decided to step down, rumour was the network would hire a woman or an African American to differentiate from the white men who dominate late-night shows. Instead it chose another Brit who was male, w...
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