British comedian James Corden’s recent exit form the Late Late Show surprised many people but he said that to him it was an adventure and never a final destination.
The actor and comedian spoke to Drew Barrymore on her daytime talk show recently and spoke about why he wanted to leave.
James Corden and Late Late Show
“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. 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.”
Corden decided after Mammals
Corden said the decision came to him after shooting Prime Video drama Mammals last year.
“One day I was filming on a Sunday and I came downstairs, it was about 6am and my son, who was 10 at the time, was sat on the stairs and he said, ‘Are your working today? 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 tiny amount of time before we have to go back and do the show,” and his face just kind of dropped. I got in the car and I called my wife Jules and I said, “I’ve realized best case scenario, we have six more summers where Max even remotely wants to be around us and I cannot waste another one.”
Not at the expense of family
James Corden said that when it boiled down to it he was simply not prepared to sacrifice work at the expense of family. “If I really want to do this other work, that cannot be at the expense of our children, our family that is really all it comes down to.”
“I will be a mess on that last show. I will cry my eyes out. But I will know, at my core that the best thing for me and the best thing for us as a family is to put down some roots in London. And it feels absolutely right in every single way,” he said.
He also said that if he didn’t leave now he would be stuck in the safe zone and might miss out on something more fulfilling. “There might be one more adventure, there might be one more journey that I might be capable of. I will never find out if I stay in the safety of this, you know?”
“When I took the job, I remember saying to my friends, like, ‘I’d rather regret doing something than not doing something.’ That’s the same way I feel now.”