Variety is reporting that James Corden is nearing a long-term deal with CBS, where he will continue to host and executive produce The Late Late Show for years to come. Corden’s previous deal, which began in 2014, was set to end after the upcoming 2019-2020 television season. Following along with other TV talents, Corden is bound to score a major payday with his new contract.
Coming in on the low end of late-night television contracts as an unknown comedian from the U.K., it was believed that Corden started out with around $4 million-$5 million a year. Since then, The Late Late Show earned talk-variety show Emmy nominations three years in a row, which lead to a sufficient climb in the host’s salary. CBS has yet to comment on the negotiations as the final terms are still in the process.
Well before Corden’s debut as The Late Late Show host in March of 2015, Corden received notoriety in the U.K. for creating and co-starring in the popular BBC sitcom Gavin And Stacey, which ran from 2007 to 2010. He went on to win a Tony Award in 2012 for starring in the Broadway production One Man, Two Guvnors. Aside from his current late-night hosting duty, Corden has become a recognizable and bankable star at CBS, having hosted CBS’ Grammy Awards in 2016 and 2017, and will be returning to host the Tony Awards this June following his acclaimed hosting gig for the program in 2016. Corden is also responsible for Carpool Karaoke, which has scored primetime specials and now its own series for Apple.
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