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Corden hails 'wonderful' first week

James Corden has told of the "overwhelming" response to his widely praised first week as a late night talk show host in America.

The actor and comedian said he had prepared for a "terrible onslaught" of criticism following his debut on The Late Late Show on the CBS network.

And he warned of a "rocky year ahead" as scheduling changes around the show make it unlikely audience figures will settle before the autumn.

But speaking on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, Corden said: " In terms of reaction to the show, it's been a little overwhelming really.

"We had gathered ourselves for a terrible onslaught of criticism and you never think these things are going to be met with such praise.

"But the truth is it is far too early to judge our show or any of these type of shows because, had the reviews or reaction been awful, we would have all been saying 'well these things never break straight away and we have to take time'.

"You have to give it the same logic if the response is good because these shows grow with familiarity."

Asked if the nature of The Late Late Show ensured he had to show America the "real" James Corden, he added: "If you do a television show once a week or twice a week it's probably quite straightforward to create a version of yourself. But to come out and talk every single night you get found out unless you come and say 'this is who I am and I hope you're going to come with us and have some fun'.

"That's the most terrifying thing about it. I've always just acted really and done little bits of things like this so, you're so exposed really.

"It's daunting but it has been a wonderful start."

Corden added: "We have a really bumpy year ahead of us. We are very lucky at the moment in that we follow David Letterman. But in the summer, we will be following repeats of CSI Miami.

"So our ratings are going to alter dramatically, it's almost sort of been the feeling with our show that it is only when Stephen Colbert starts in September that we will start to be judged if we have found an audience. It's going to be a rocky year, there's no doubt about about that."

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