Keira Knightley’s Best Friend from ‘Begin Again’ Set to Host ‘The Late Late Show’

Now that Craig Ferguson is stepping down as host of “The Late Late Show” on CBS, the network is circling another European white man to be his replacement. Fine, Corden’s definitely more than Keira Knightley’s funny friend. He’s huge in the U.K., where he co-created and stars in the BBC sitcom “Gavin & Stacey” and hosted the BRIT Awards (the British equivalent of the Grammys) three times. Plus he’s got Broadway grit: in 2012, he won a Tony for Best Leading Actor for his role in “One Man, Two Guvnors.” But he’s still more of the same in the late show game.

Even though all the late shows have shuffling their hosts in recent years, they’re still unanimously hiring white men. Stephen Colbert, David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Stewart, and Seth Meyers make up most of the pack.

Chelsea Handler was the one female late show presence with Chelsea Lately on E!, but after eight years, she’s leaving to work with Netflix. She’ll air a stand-up comedy performance in October, film four “docu-comedy” specials for streaming, and launch a talk show in 2016. Business Insider wrote about her move in a piece titled, “Here’s How Netflix Plans To Destroy Late-Night Talk Shows.” 

But what could revive them? Viral online content like Jimmy Fallon’s (Julia Roberts playing “Face Balls,” anyone?) and host diversity. What about  Aisha Tyler, Ellen Degeneres, Sarah Silverman, Maya Rudolph, or Joan Rivers? Funny women abound, and late night TV could get much more interesting with them at its helm.