JAMES Corden could be in line for a bumper pay rise that would double his £7million salary, according to reports.
Last month we revealed The Late Late Show host had grown homesick stateside and was contemplating a return to the UK.
Bosses are now said to be ready to offer the star a bumper new deal to keep him where he is.
A source told the Mirror: “By talking about how he might return home, some see this as James playing the game.
“It suggests to the top honchos he’ll walk if he’s not compensated enough.
“The feeling is James is worth double [the £7million] and bosses are reluctantly starting to accept that. The last thing TV brass want is to lose James to a rival.”
The Sun has contacted CBS for comment.
James, who has three young children with wife Julia Carey, has never felt the lure of home more strongly than during the Covid-19 pandemic.
He told us: “I have a couple of years to go on this contract. Ending the show will always be a bigger family decision than a professional one.
“It will be about people at home who we miss very, very much, who we are homesick for. I also feel like my wife and I have three young children, and they are three young grandchildren that we’ve taken away from people.
“This probably feels particularly magnified now during the pandemic, but I have an overwhelming feeling that our family has walked to the beat of my drum for a very long time.”
The Gavin & Stacey star cracked America when the London stage play he was the lead in, One Man Two Guvnors, transferred to Broadway in 2012, the year he got married.
The exposure led to him landing roles in Hollywood movies such as 2014’s Into the Woods and eventually becoming the host of The Late Late Show from 2015.
James and Julia have three children – nine-year-old son Max and girls Carey, 6, and Charlotte, 3.
As well as their British family, he has maintained constant links with the UK, notably last year when he made the Gavin & Stacey comeback on BBC1, which drew 11.6million viewers on Christmas Day.
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ITV tried to launch a US-style late programme a few years ago which was the right idea with, sadly, the wrong hosts.
Eventually, the Nightly Show was put back into storage despite trying David Walliams, Dermot O’Leary and Bradley Walsh at the helm.