Insiders at NBC, the network of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, say Corden was always "the long-term successor" to her show before the scandal hit, according to The Sun.

NBC Entertainment chairman Paul Telegdy, who is part of the executive team overseeing the claims made against DeGeneres show, has Corden "high on his wanted list" as a replacement host, a source told The Sun.

"James and his team have been trailblazers in modern TV, taking the once considered graveyard chat show slot into a cutting edge format with huge online, social media and global recognition," they said.

"Replacing Ellen was always going to be a tough challenge, but he is a natural fit and easy transition. James would freshen up daytime and with a free hand would be allowed to build a new afternoon era."

"The truth is she knew what was going on, its her show. The buck stops with her. She can blame every executive under the sun - but Ellen is ultimately the one to blame," they said.

"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 a memo to staff.

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