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Corden: I want to be experimental

James Corden wants his chat show to be a place where celebs can “hang out and have fun”.

The British actor and comedian is set to make his debut as host of the Late, Late Show tonight in the US. While he’s apprehensive about what reaction he will get from viewers and critics, he thinks it’s essential to put his stamp on the long running show.

“I think it is important that we [change the set-up] because we are on right after another talk show,” he explained to Vanity Fair. “And with our time slot, at 12:30, I feel like we have a carte blanche to be a little more free and a little more experimental and a little more organic in the way that we might approach things.”

The 36-year-old is taking over from Craig Ferguson and with his team he has made changes to the set including adding a bar in one corner and a long blue couch for all his guests to sit on together. While he isn’t sure how much the stars will want to share the spotlight when they’re doing the promotional rounds, he hopes they feel relaxed in his company.

“We want it to feel like a place where you could hang out and have fun,” he added.

James’ first guests are Hollywood A-listers Tom Hanks and Mila Kunis. While the father-of-two is hoping his debut goes well, he is already thinking about the rest of the series.

“You can fixate on that first show so much. And, you know, there is another show the next day. I don't know. I hope it's going to be good,” he said. “I’m just so painfully aware that these things take time. And we may not be given that time. You can’t judge it in a week or a month even. It’s like cooking a steak in 20 seconds and then tasting it and it’s not ready.”

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