The Ellen DeGeneres Show is currently undergoing an internal investigation after a Buzzfeed report cited multiple former employees who claimed they had experienced racism, bullying and sexual harassment.
Corden, who hosts The Late Late Show, is the favourite to replace DeGeneres, according to a source at the series’ network NBC who said the British star has always been seen as her “long term successor”, even before the bullying scandal made headlines.
The source told The Sun: “This issue has fast tracked everything and made everyone look at the future today.
“James Corden was being eyed for Ellen’s job in the long term before any of this came to light. Now this shocking new development places a spotlight on the next step.”
The Independent has contacted Corden’s representatives for comment.
Last week, reports emerged that DeGeneres is contemplating quitting her show.
The comedian and presenter, one of the most high-profile celebrities in the US, had previously sent staff an emotional message pledging changes at her award-winning series, which has been on air since 2003.
She said was glad her production team was “finally having conversations about fairness and justice”.
“On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness – no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect,” she wrote in an email to staff.
“Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case.”
She added: “We all have to be more mindful about the way our words and actions affect others.”
Dozens of former employees at the show have said the workplace was “dominated by fear”.
Back to the Future star Lea Thompson recently backed up the claim that DeGeneres’ “mean” behaviour is “common knowledge” in Hollywood.