James Corden can't believe Late Late Show is still on air

James Corden

James Corden's appearance at the Bafta TV awards was just a flying visit.

In fact, his time on home soil (19 hours) was less than the time he spent in the sky travelling to and from Los Angeles for it (23 hours).

"I've genuinely had some of the best nights of my life at this event," he told Newsbeat on the red carpet.

Since he took over the Late Late Show in March, America's latest chat show host has been grabbing headlines with his big name guests and viral videos.

But he admitted to Newsbeat that it's "mostly mystifying" as to why the show is still on the air.

"No-one could have predicted the show would be received in such a manner. It's beyond all of our wildest dreams," he said.

James Corden

"Let's not get carried away," he said. "We've only done 25 episodes and we've had a good run following David Letterman's last few weeks hosting his show."

"Over the summer the ratings will drop off but when Stephen Colbert takes over later in the year we should pick up again."

So far, Corden has had A-listers such as David Beckham, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mariah Carey on the show.

Next up is One Direction, in one of their first public interviews since Zayn Malik quit the group.

"What you want to do is ask the questions that fans and people really want to know but at the same time I consider them friends."

He was tight-lipped on what exactly he's doing with them.

"I just hope we make a fun hour of TV," he said.

As a mate of the band he also said that he thinks they'll have a "rich and brilliant future" as a four-piece.

James Corden and Ruth Jones
Image caption James won a TV Bafta for his performance in Gavin and Stacey in 2008, which also won that year's audience award

Corden has a successful and sentimental relationship with the Baftas and was nominated this year for his BBC Two comedy The Wrong Mans.

He said he felt like his life changed when he won best comedy performance in 2008 for playing Smithy in Gavin and Stacey.

Speaking about why he'd make the effort to come to the ceremony for such a short trip, he said: "It's about feeling humbled and honoured to be nominated in such a category and it's just the right thing to do."

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