James Corden, the man tapped to replace Craig Ferguson as host of the Late Late Show apparently believes in YouTube as a mainstream entertainment draw — or at least he’s looking to find ratings numbers anywhere he can get them.
Corden, host of the show that used to follow Letterman and soon will follow Stephen Colbert’s new nighttime talk show, is heading to the YouTube Space in Los Angeles to film an entire YouTube episode of his show.
Hosting the likes of major YouTubers Jenna Marbles, Tyler Oakley, Epic Rap Battles of History, The Slo Mo Guys and Kandee Johnson, Corden’s show will be the first major entertainment talkshow program to dedicate an entire episode to YouTuber interaction.
A statement released by Late, Late Show producer Ben Winston has announced via a statement that, “YouTube has become a big part of the late night television experience, and we are delighted to celebrate their 10-year anniversary this way. The show will be packed full of surprises, games and music -– all with a YouTube twist.”
Previously YouTubers like Freddie Wong have made appearances on talk shows like Conan O’Brien’s TBS talk show Conan, and fellow late night host Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel have made going viral on YouTube a mainstay of their respective programs, but Corden is taking it to a whole new level.
The YouTube episode will air August 21.