'Not easy to walk away': James Corden reveals what led him to exit 'The Late Late Show'
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: James Corden has reflected on his decision to quit ‘The Late Late Show and get back to his ‘roots’ in London. During his appearance on ‘The Drew Barrymore Show’, the Cats actor said, "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.” Corden added, "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 considered it to be the final destination."
However, the comedian also shared that what really drove his decision was a touching conversation with his son, Max. Corden told the actress, that when he was shooting for his Amazon Prime series 'Mammals' and told his son that he’d be going to work. “I was filming on a Sunday and I came downstairs, it was about 6 a.m., and my son, who was 10 at the time, sat on the stairs and he said, 'Are you working today?' and I said, "I am,'" the carpool Karaoke host remembered. "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."
After this conversation, Corden called his wife Julia Carey, with whom he shares three children Max, 11, Carey, 8, and Charlotte, 5. "I got in the car and I called my wife Jules and I said, 'I've realized, the best-case scenario we have six more summers where Max is like, even remotely wants to be around us and I cannot waste another one,'" the host for CBS network said. Corden was at the helm for eight years at ‘Late Late Show,’ as he’s set to exit this summer, "I'm worried about being too emotional. I'm worried about crying too much,” he told People earlier.
The host further said, “But at the same time, I just got to take a breath and know that there's a lot to do between now and then. I think we have a hundred to go or something. That's a lot of TV to-dos. A lot of stuff to put out."