When he took over as host of CBS’ The Late Late Show last March, James Corden didn’t quite know what to expect from his late-night competitors. Would they ignore him? Give him a few cold, dirty looks? Maybe an initiation wedgie?
No. No. And no, this isn’t sixth grade.
In writing a piece reflecting on his first year on the job for EW, Corden talks about the surprisingly friendly reception he was accorded by his peers.
“Books have been written about late-night wars, and people talk about what a competitive environment it all is, but I must say it’s been such a relief to join the ranks of such a lovely and welcoming group of hosts,” he says. “When it leaked that I would be taking over this show, the first email I got was from Seth Meyers, saying, ‘Oh my God, this is going to be great!’ (Seth and I email every couple of weeks, mostly because we support the same soccer team.) Then I had a night out in New York with Jimmy Fallon and he said, ‘Anything you need, just let me know.’ He sent us a foosball table hand-painted in the colors of the soccer team I support. Stephen Colbert sent me a lovely email saying, ‘This is going to be fun.’ Then Jimmy Kimmel sent a beautiful gift saying, ‘You’ve joined a very small fraternity in a very big country, and I’m here if you need anything.’ It’s crazy how many people reached out.” (Those “warm and welcoming” people also included Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien, he says.)
To read much more from James Corden — including how he set out to make a different kind of late-night talk show and how he has one idea for his opening monologue that could blow you (or him) away — pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands now. You can also buy it here – and subscribe now for exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW.