CBS is canceling “The Late Late Show” when host James Corden departs in the spring, replacing it with a Stephen Colbert-produced version of “@midnight,” according to Deadline.
The unexpected move would allow “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert, who takes over the time slot before James Corden, “another hour of late-night that he is involved in,” according to the showbiz outlet, which did not name specific sources. A similar report, credited to a “person familiar with the matter,” was reported by Variety.
“@midnight” aired on Comedy Central from 2013 to 2017, featuring guests competing in internet-inspired improv games. According to Deadline, original host Chris Hardwick is not likely to return in that capacity.
CBS refused to comment.
Tom Snyder hosted the debut episode of “The Late Late Show” in 1995. Craig Kilborn and Craig Ferguson were replaced as hosts in 2015 by Corden, a British comedian, and actor.
Corden announced his departure from the show in April of last year.
Carpool Karaoke” and “Crosswalk the Musical” were added as “Late Late Show” standards by Corden.
His pleasant reputation, however, suffered a PR knock recently when he was accused of aggressively abusing waiters at Manhattan’s Balthazar restaurant. He was also accused of plagiarising a joke by fellow British comic Ricky Gervais.