Who Could Take Over For James Corden's Rap Battle?

by Kaitlin Reilly

It has been a seriously big year of James Corden. Though the host of The Late Late Show took over for Craig Ferguson in March of 2015, he's already made a huge splash in late night television. Corden's show has become famous for its hilarious segments that perpetually go viral, especially when it comes to celebrities doing ridiculous, musical things. The show's "Carpool Karaoke" segment, which featured such gems as Adele rapping Nicki Minaj, has become so popular that Apple Music is picking up a mobile karaoke series based on the Late Late Show segment. However, there's a catch: Though James Corden will executive produce the series, he will not host the TV show version of Carpool Karaokeand it looks like he won't host the next late night segment to become a TV show, either. According to TVLine, The Late Late Show's "rap battle" segment has inspired upcoming TV show Drop The Mic, so get ready for even more viral rap videos of your favorite celebrities — this time, sans Corden.

Though this news is crazy fun, fans won't see Corden on the competition series — though he'll once again executive produce the Late Late Show spinoff, the TVLine report states the upcoming TBS series will seek out a different host. The show seems to be following in another late show spinoff's footsteps: Lip Sync Battle, a series on Spike, originally started out as a segment on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, but added LL Cool J as the host instead of bringing Fallon on.

So who would make an excellent Drop The Mic host? Let's look at some of the best contestants the Late Late Show segment has offered to see who might be fit to make the jump from celebrity rapper to host of the series:

1. Cara Delevingne

The model-turned-actress was savage in her rap battle, and adding a hosting gig would definitely pump up her already impressive resume. Now that she's taking a break from fashion to focus on her in front of the camera work, Delevingne might be the perfect person to ask to join the new TBS series. Though Delevingne may come off as serious, she's a total goof ball who, apparently, loves pranks — pretty perfect for a show that doesn't take anything seriously. Of course, the show will have to catch her in between squad hang outs.

2. Dave Franco

James Franco's younger brother is hilarious — just check out his amazing video of his cat dancing to "Hotline Bling" above — and totally shut down Corden when they engaged in their own rap battle. Sure, he's starring in Nerve, but this guy needs to exercise his comedy chops — what better way than with hosting Corden's spinoff? Hopefully the late night host wasn't too offended by Franco's rap battle disses to throw his hat in the ring.

3. Kevin Hart

Hart has plenty of hosting experience — he's hosted the MTV Video Music Awards, BET Awards, and even Justin Bieber's Comedy Central roast. He also got some serious digs in when battling Corden on the Late Late Show stage: "Into The Woods? More like into the bargain bin." Nabbing Hart for the gig would be a serious steal for Drop The Mic.

No matter who hosts the upcoming series, here's hoping that the above people will at least return to challenge the new celebrities they'll be confronting on the Drop The Mic stage. They've already got the street cred needed.