James Corden has again addressed speculations that his “Late Late Show” and Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” would be switching time slots.
“I just think it’s silly,” Corden told Variety when asked if there’s any truth to the rumored shake-up. “I think it’s mostly just people trying to drum up something that doesn’t exist. The reason it doesn’t exist is that I know my boss [CBS CEO Leslie Moonves], and I know that when he makes a decision, that’s the decision he’s going to make. He’s going to stick by that and so should he.”
Rumors that “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” would be swapping time slots began to surface when the latter’s performance in the ratings game allegedly started to decline. For Corden, however, discussion of time slots felt “archaic.”
“I just find the very notion of talking about time slots to be something archaic really,” he told the website. “Our show's on 24 hours a day as far as I'm concerned. We just launch it at 12:37. I couldn't tell you how many people watch our show. I couldn't tell you when it's on, because I just don't make a show that's about time slot in any way.”
This isn’t the first time Corden talked about the rumored shake-up. During his debut appearance on “The Howard Stern Show” last June, the 37-year-old English host denied that there were plans to switch the time slots of the two shows.
“Firstly, and I genuinely mean this, I’m not being coy in any way, that’s never gonna happen,” Corden said. “These shows always take a while to find their feet. Now we’ve been very lucky, because we were starting from a point of zero, and we didn’t know that on show two we’d put Carpool Karaoke out and it would become what it’s become. Or show one, when we did the movie thing with Tom Hanks. It just feels archaic to me to even talk about it. It’s never gonna happen.”
Colbert, on the other hand, admitted to The Hollywood Reporter that the rumors make him feel bad.
“It hurts. I’m a human being,” he said. “The implication of that question is that the show isn't good enough in its present position. So of course that makes you feel bad. But it doesn't jibe with what I know about our show, so you recover.”
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