We all may have thought that the choice of James Corden to take over as host of Craig Ferguson's US talk show was a... random one, shall we say? We still aren't quite sure how he wrangled it but at the same time we couldn't help be hopeful that the former Gavin and Stacey star would nail it. (We know he has done plenty since Gavin and Stacey but that's when he initially won us over.)
After a rather shaky start in the audition phase last week, with sources saying that CBS was worried about how audiences would react to their new addition, it seems Corden's debut show last night was a hit.
Audience members told Sky News that he did indeed 'nail it' with one lady saying; "It was really amazing and really funny. He was adorable and wonderful and just really fun and he just seemed like a kid in a candy store having the greatest time of his life.
"It was really fun to be part of that and, being on the first show, the excitement level was high and he was just so giddy."
Corden had quite the star-studded lineup too with the one and only Tom Hanks joining him for a chat along with actress Mila Kunis, the latter even disclosing her recent secret marriage to Ashton Kutcher! Quite the scoop given the notoriously private nature of the couple. (Corden apparently checked afterwards with her that he hadn't gone too far and Kunis was fine about it.)
Corden also adapted the Graham Norton style of doing things by having all guests on for the duration of the show, something that hasn't been done across the pond before. While he also mixed things up a bit by having the guests on the right hand side as opposed to the left. Again, no big deal, just slightly drifting away from the standard US talk show format.
Any worries that the audience would have trouble understanding Corden's accent seem to be completely unfounded too. As we said before though, if they could understand Craig Ferguson's thick Scottish brogue they would be alright with Corden.
Other highlights on the night included a montage of Corden and Tom Hanks hilariously acting out scenes from every movie Hanks has ever been in. My God that man is behind some classics.
Corden certainly won Hanks over anyways as apparently he turned to the audience after the recording of the show and said; "Isn't he great, now don't f*** it up."
Touché, Mr Hanks!