James Corden has responded to rumours that he was set to take over from Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show following recent claims of a "toxic" workplace culture behind the scenes of the long-running series.
Earlier this year, The Ellen DeGeneres Show underwent an internal investigation following "toxic" workplace complaints from a number of staff members, resulting in the firing of three of its top producers.
But while it was rumoured that James Corden was in line to replace Ellen, should her show end up going off the air, Corden himself has now said that there was "absolutely no truth" in those reports.
Corden's clarification came in the middle of a game of 'Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts' with Alicia Keys on a recent episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden.
As Alicia asked her question about the rumours and whether or not James would ever consider taking over Ellen's show, the talk show host didn't even consider eating the food in front of him and immediately answered the question instead.
"Happily, I'll answer the question," he said.
"Genuinely, I have no idea where that even came from. I think somebody started a rumour somewhere and someone jumped on it. There is absolutely no truth in that story at all, zero."
"And, as far as considering it, I think it would be a really crazy thing to take over from someone who I think has done the job so outrageously well for like 18 years," he added.
"So it's not true. And I think, when the day comes to end this show, [it] will be the day to probably stop hosting a show every day, so no I wouldn't [consider it]."
Ellen DeGeneres addressed the allegations of the show's toxic culture during her first show back in the studio after months of producing the programme remotely.
"As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show," DeGeneres said.
"Then there was an investigation. I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously."
"I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected," she continued. "I know that I am in a position of privilege and power, and I realise that with that, comes responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens at my show."
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