Corden to host Brits for final time

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: James Corden will host the Brit Awards for the last time this year James Corden will host the Brit Awards for the last time this year

James Corden has backed Emma Willis, Jack Whitehall or Alan Carr to replace him as host of the Brit Awards.

The 35 year old returns for the fifth and final time presenting the annual ceremony, which features performances from Katy Perry and the Arctic Monkeys, on February 19.

Speaking about his decision to bow out after this year, the Gavin & Stacey star told the Radio Times: "I don't think it's a show that should be hosted by one person for a long time. There are award shows where it actually becomes a plus that it's hosted by the same person.

"But the Brits should always have an energy about them that is fresh and new and exciting."

James, who is the longest serving presenter of the music event, said that it was "hugely flattering" to have been asked by the show's producers and record label bosses to hang on for one more year when he previously considered quitting.

"If I could go and tell my 11-year-old self that I'd host the Brits more than anybody else, his head would explode," he said.

But the writer and actor added: "The last thing I want to do is overstay my welcome. And whereas four years ago there might not have been so many people who could do it, now there are."

He suggested that comedian Jack, chat show host and funnyman Alan and The Voice and Big Brother presenter Emma could fill his shoes after he quits the show, which is being broadcast live on ITV.

"Jack Whitehall would be amazing. Alan Carr would be great. Emma Willis would be brilliant," he said.

Radio 1 DJs Nick Grimshaw and Fearne Cotton have also been linked to the role.

The Wrong Mans star said that his attempt at dieting in preparation for the Brits, to be held in the O2 Arena in London, had failed.

James said that he regretted some of his antics after he first shot to fame.

"There's a moment where you start to think you're perhaps a bit more of a dude than you really are. The second you start thinking that, you come unstuck," he told the magazine.

"It's a giddying time, that first flush of fame. I'm reluctant to say I've learned anything 'cause chances are I haven't! But I am less easily led now."

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