James Corden’s last night withThe Late Late Show” is only months away and will be more fanatical than usual.
CBS announced Friday that “The Late Late Show with James Corden” will air its final episode on April 27 at 12:37 p.m. Pacific. Ahead of the finale that Corden says will undoubtedly be emotional, CBS will air a primetime special about the English comedian’s time behind the desk.
The network will “celebrate the incredible groundbreaking impact James Corden has made on nighttime television,” according to the release on the finale. “The Last Last Late Late Show” will also air on April 27 at 10 p.m
CBS also revealed that the Tony winner will team up with “Top Gun: Maverick” star Tom Cruise for “an epic musical performance during ‘The Lion King'” at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood.
As the final day of “The Late Late Show” approaches, more details about the special and guests joining the show’s lineup will be revealed, according to CBS.
Corden announced he would be leaving the show in April 2022.
“I never want this show to stay welcome in any way. I always want to enjoy making it,” he told fans at the beginning of an episode. “And I really think a year from now would be a good time to move on and see what else is out there.”
Corden’s move was the first of last year’s many nightly shuffles. In July 2022, TBS canceled ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’ and months later, Trevor Noah announced his departure from ‘The Daily Show’.
After “The Late Late Show’s” series wraps up in April, CBS will reportedly fill the free time slot with a reboot of the “@midnight” game show.
Leading up to Corden’s final episode, CBS said it will “increase the audience” of “The Late Late Show” to accommodate fans who want to “attend a taping before” the series ends.
Corden debuted as the host of “The Late Late Show” in 2015 and has since gained popularity for his “Carpool Karaoke” segment and went viral for several skits – including that infamous ‘Cinderella’ stunt. During his tenure, “The Late Late Show” won several Emmy Awards.
Corden said last year it might be best to get the tissues ready for his final episode.
“There will be so many tears. Because this has been the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make, really,” he said. “I never took this job for granted. Ever. Not once.”
Times staff writer Tracy Brown contributed to this report.