Update on James Corden's 'Late Late Show' Future Amid Exit Rumors

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James Corden's future with The Late Late Show has been rumored to be approaching an exit, but we now have a new update that refutes the past speculation. According to Deadline, the last night talk show host is said to be in negotiations to extend his current contract, which runs through August 2022. The outlet adds that neither reps for Corden nor for CBS would comment on the report. It was back in December 2020 when the rumors of Corden possibly leaving The Late Late Show first sparked, following comments from the host that he had become "homesick" for the United Kingdom, amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

According to British news outlet The Sun, Corden confessed that he'd be more likely to exit the show for personal reasons rather than professional ones. "I have a couple of years to go on this contract," he said. "Ending the show will always be a bigger family decision than a professional one." Corden continued, "It will be about people at home who we miss very, very much, who we are homesick for. I also feel like my wife and I have three young children, and they are three young grandchildren that we've taken away from people." Finally, the comedian added, "This probably feels particularly magnified now during the pandemic, but I have an overwhelming feeling that our family has walked to the beat of my drum for a very long time."

This was not the first time Corden has spoken candidly about how the pandemic and quarantine impacted his family. Earlier this year, he was interviewed by Ellen DeGeneres and shared a little about his experience. "I think we're all experiencing those spikes of anxiety and fear," he told the daytime talk show host. "Anytime I find myself, or me and my wife and in particular our kids, thinking 'oh man this is tough' you just go 'well, right around the corner, there's going to be a glorious moment, and I have no idea how long away it is but it'll be spectacular.'"

He then addressed what home-schooling his children had been like, since schools were closed at the time. "It adds like 25 layers of stress, it's a nightmare. Firstly, it's hard to know who's being home-schooled, whether it's me or my son," Corden quipped. "If I ever sit in lessons with him, I find myself going, 'Wow I did not know that.'" He added, "The home-schooling with the lessons and things is fine, it's the homework, I can't do it and my son's nine! And I find myself going - and this is deeply irresponsible — I find myself going, 'You know what, Max, honestly you're not going to need any of this in life."