Stephen Colbert has been working on his late night game for nearly a year now, but it hasn't always been an easy gig. The last few months have seen marked changes in the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which has been trying to shake things up in order to obtain more viewers. Apparently, these shake-ups have led to rumors that James Corden could take over Stephen Colbert's timeslot, but the late late night host over at CBS says that's not something the network is even considering at this point.
I just think it's silly. 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 [Les 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.
It's certainly true that James Corden has done a better job than Stephen Colbert of putting together memorable repeat viral segments, including "Carpool Karaoke" and "Drop the Mic." However, the ratings on The Late Late Show with James Corden are certainly worse than the ratings for Stephen Colbert's show. Plus, the two men are trying to do very different things. Stephen Colbert's strong suit is his interviewing, not his ability to produce sketches, although he's done a few that have been very, very funny. He just needs a moment like Drew Barrymore ripping off her shirt on live TV to make a mark for those interviewing skills.
Have you watched Stephen's show in the last two weeks? It's incredible. It's fantastic. It's been just awesome to watch. I'm incredibly proud to be the show on after his. I think he is an incredible talent and a host and a broadcaster and a voice. That show, I feel like it's finding its feet every single day.
Corden's comments are extremely witty and warm, and he also speaks happily about the changing nature of timeslots and the viral nature of some of the videos he and his creative team have put together. It's clear he's doing fine in the 12:37 timeslot over on CBS. And since episodes for both The Late Show and The Late Late Show are taped in advance of their premiere on the Eye Network, there's really no reason other than prestige to even worry about switching the two men's timeslots. Both are doing just fine.
It's likely we'll hear more about both shows as we move closer to the fall TV season. To find out what else is coming to television this fall, check out our TV premiere schedule.