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James Corden 'won't shape up for TV'

James Corden's bosses on The Late Late Show are reportedly hopeful his appeal is that he looks like the "man next door".

The British funnyman is known for his portly frame, and first shot to fame on TV show Fat Friends.

Now it's thought bosses on his latest venture, US talk show The Late Late Show, are keen for him not to shape up in a bid to appeal to a mass audience.

"One of the key things bosses thought was important is that James actually looks like a normal American, which means he can appeal to the man on the street," an insider told British newspaper Daily Star.

“He is not a glitzy-glam TV host and they feel his appeal will be looking like the man next door. His humour and clever writing will make him very likeable but his image is just as important.”

As well as his work on TV, James is a celebrated theatre actor.

He recently made the move into big budget films and stars as main character The Baker in Into the Woods, opposite an all-star cast that includes Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine.

The 36-year-old has been speaking about his appointment as The Late Late Show host, succeeding Craig Ferguson in the role, and admits he's nervous for the show's start in March.

"It's terrifying; it's just very, very scary. But like you say, it just doesn't feel like something I could ever really... I just came to the conclusion that I'd rather regret doing something than not do something. And if it doesn't work, which it probably won't, I can go, 'Yeah, I'm from High Wycombe. Of course it didn't work!' And come back and just carry on," he joked.

James has also recently been awarded with an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list thanks to his work on both the small and silver screen.

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