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James Corden to host US chat show

James Corden has landed a role as host of a top US chat programme, taking over popular series The Late Late Show.

The CBS network announced he will take over next year from Scottish star Craig Ferguson, who has been in the hot seat for the programme since 2005.

James - who stepped down as the host of the Brit Awards earlier this year - said: "I can't wait to get started."

The 36-year-old was seen on BBC One earlier this year interviewing Gary Barlow for a documentary, and he also fronts the Sky sporting panel show A League Of Their Own, which is due to run for at least another three years under a new deal.

James' US profile was boosted when he won a Tony Award in 2012 for best leading actor in a play for his starring role in One Man Two Guvnors, which transferred to New York from the West End.

The co-writer and star of Gavin and Stacey also recently appeared alongside Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in the film Begin Again. And he will soon be seen in a big-screen version of Broadway musical Into The Woods, which also stars Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp.

James said: "I can't describe how thrilled and honoured I am to be taking over from the brilliant Craig Ferguson.

"To be asked to host such a prestigious show on America's number one network is hugely exciting. I can't wait to get started, and will do my very best to make a show America will enjoy."

Ferguson's decision to exit the series came in the wake of another chat host, David Letterman, announcing he was retiring from his programme The Late Show.

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