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Rumor: James Corden To Replace Colbert On 'Late Show'

| by Sarah Zimmerman

"The Late Show," struggling to keep ratings up, may replace current host Stephen Colbert with James Corden.

Colbert, who has hosted the show on CBS for a year, has been struggling to connect with the millennial audience. According to The Wrap, his ratings for the 18-49 demographic pale in comparison to other late night hosts, like Jimmy Fallon. Colbert averages around 2.822 million viewers per episode, while Fallon clocks in 3.652 million.

Some Hollywood insiders believe Colbert, whose routines rarely go viral or attract national attention, may be replaced with the more popular James Corden, well-known for his Carpool Karaoke. Corden has seemed to connect to the online audience and has 8.3 million subscribers on YouTube according to the Daily Mail.

"The Late Late Show with James Corden" currently airs at 12:30 a.m., right after Colbert's show. Although the late air time allows Corden to be slightly raunchier, it comes at the cost of fewer viewers.

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Given Corden's mass popularity, some believe CBS executives may switch the late night time slots, meaning Corden would get the earlier air time. Producers are reportedly thinking of moving Corden's show to Los Angeles for a week as a test-run.

When asked if he would be replaced by Corden, Colbert responded saying, "Never gonna happen."

"The implication of that question is that the show isn't good enough in its present position," he tells The Hollywood Reporter. "But it doesn't jibe with what I know about our show."

CBS executives also deny the rumors. "We have no plans to flip the two shows," President of CBS Entertainment Glenn Geller said. "It's really easy for people to pit the shows against each other. But they're different kinds of shows, they're different kinds of hosts."

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CEO of CBS Leslie Moonves expanded on Geller's answer, conceding that Colbert's support has been dwindling but that does necessarily mean an end to his show. 

"We now have Colbert and Corden, both are doing extraordinarily well," he said. "Colbert had a little bit of a rocky start, but his ratings are going way up, and James Corden has become an Internet sensation ... Both of them are very profitable."

Sources: Daily Mail, The Wrap, The Hollywood Reporter / Photo credit: Late Show with Stephen Colbert/YouTube

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