James Corden confesses to Drew Barrymore why he's leaving The Late Late Show

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James Corden confesses to Drew Barrymore why he
James Corden confesses to Drew Barrymore why he's leaving The Late Late Show

As James Corden's career stateside nears its end, the actor-turned-presenter has confirmed why he's chosen to leave The Late Late Show.

James, 44, is set to step down from his hosting duties on the long-time show - although no date for the final episode to air has been announced yet.

Appearing on The Drew Barrymore Show this week, he was asked why he felt now was the right time to leave the talk show after eight years.

Despite rumours, he confessed it had nothing to do with not enjoying the gig anymore. He told the host: "'Look it’s not easy in any way to walk away from something that is so... I mean I’ll never work in a better environment than the one I work in now.

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"'Nothing about leaving the show was to do with not enjoying it. I love it, but the truth is it became a very easy decision because I always knew it was an adventure and I never ever considered it to be the final destination."

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And he candidly admitted a conversation with his then 10-year-old son led his thought process behind the decision.

"'I was filming on a Sunday and I came downstairs, it was about 6am and my son, who was ten at the time, was sat on the stairs and he said, 'Are you working today?' the Gavin & Stacey star continued.

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"And I said, 'I am,' and he said, 'I thought, well it’s Sunday,' and I said, 'I know buddy but this schedule’s just all over the place. We just got to get it done because we only have a tiny amount of time before we have to go back and do the show,' and his face just kind of dropped."

He said it was at that point he realised how much time he had left with his child as a youngster and went on: "So, really the choice was to go, 'Well if I really want to do this other work, that cannot be at the expense of our children, our family,' and that is really all it comes down to."

James Corden confesses to Drew Barrymore why he's leaving The Late Late ShowJames Corden opened up on how has son made him come to the decision to quit The Late Late Show (CBS)

James admits he will be a crying "mess" on his last The Late Late Show outing, but fully understands it's the best decision for him at this moment in time.

He plans to move his family to London following the end of his stint and gushed "it feels absolutely right in every single way".

Jamie Roberts

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