James Corden, 36, has been ordered to remain chubby and scruffy-looking by TV bosses. The British comedian is set to host The Late Late Show on CBS and ahead of his debut on the TV network, executives have insisted he doesn’t change his current appearance.
A source explained: ”One of the key things bosses thought was important is that James actually looks like a normal American, which means he can appeal to the man on the street. He is not a glitzy-glam TV host and they feel his appeal will be looking like the man next door. His humor and clever writing will make him very likeable but his image is just as important.”
James, who stars in Into the Woods, was apparently prepared to slim down for his debut as fellow Brit Piers Morgan, 49, did for his role on CNN. However, bosses of The Late Late Show were happy for James to indulge himself over Christmas and New Year. The insider told the Daily Star: ”This is the greatest possible gift you could give a TV host.”
James is set to begin presenting the show in March 2015 and will earn at least $2 million for his first year.