Three years after making his Emmy-winning debut as the host of the Tony Awards, James Corden is returning to preside over these top theater honors. The June 9 ceremony from Radio City Music Hall will air live on CBS. These awards celebrate the best of the 2018/2019 theater season. Corden won a Tony in 2012 for his comic turn in the play “One Man, Two Guvnors.”
In 2016, Corden rode the “Hamilton” wave to the highest ratings for this awards show in a decade. This season doesn’t boast such a super-sized hit. However, Corden’s fame has grown since then and he could use his late night talker to tout the Tonys telecast.
After his success with the Tonys in 2016, CBS tapped Corden to host the Grammys in 2017 and 2018. That gig is one of of the reasons why he passed on returning to emcee the Tony Awards in those years. As he told us last year, “I don’t feel like these shows should be hosted by the same person all the time. You want to mix things up a bit. I think it feels a little greedy to host the Grammys and the Tonys in the same year.”
And as part of the team that worked on the 2016 Tonys, he shared in the Emmy win Best Special Class Program victory. He readily revealed to us “when I hosted the Tonys it was the greatest night of my professional career. I’ve never been happier. It’s a joyous room.”
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