James Corden Will Host Tony Awards, But Carpool Karaoke Isn’t Included

There’s room enough in this world for two Jimmy Fallons, as evidenced by the continued success of British late-night import James Corden. As Craig Ferguson’s successor on The Late Late Show, Corden has traded the absurdist irony endemic to Ferguson’s reign (we’ll never forget you, gay robot skeleton sidekick Geoff) for a blanket enthusiasm and a viral-leaning format more redolent of Fallon’s schtick. In particular, the golden-throated Corden made a splash with his series of Carpool Karaoke videos, in which the Broadway veteran joins such musical superstars as Adele and One Direction.

But soon the seasoned treader of theatre boards will return his talents to the proscenium with a hosting gig at the upcoming Tonys ceremony on Jun 12 at 8/7 central. CBS made the announcement official via a post to its blog this morning, because CBS owns The Late Late Show and will air the telecast of the Tony Awards and all network executives secretly have a small, discreet tattoo reading “#synergy” hidden at the base of their spine. Corden’s no stranger to the Tony stage, however; he earned himself a Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play trophy for his turn in One Man, Two Guvnors back in 2012. He’s got no horse in this year’s race, however. Let’s all get real for a moment: though 2015 was a red-letter year for theater, Hamilton is going to dominate this year’s Tonys with a totality unseen since the Titanic ran ashore at the 70th Academy Awards back in 1998. Bow to creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, for he is your new king and the savior of Broadway.

(Via CBS)