James Corden, just like Marmite, is Britain’s greatest ‘love it or hate it’ export. The controversial comedian, just like the sour spread, requires an audience with a rather acquired taste in order to get maximum appreciation.
Since moving to Los Angeles to host The Late Late Show in 2015, Corden has managed to transform himself from a D-list British star to an A-list Hollywood icon. Along the way, he has been supported by a hoard of loyal fans who can’t find fault with the larger-than-life comedian.
But, whilst he may have made many friends in the industry, the 39-year-old talk-show host has also made a lot of enemies.
Before he even made the leap across the pond, Corden had had many public clashes with high-profile figures. How could we forget his 2010 on-stage scrap with the legendary Sir Patrick Stewart?
If you don’t remember the cringe-worthy moment, then watch it here. Get ready to feel uncomfortable…
It only got worse for the charismatic comedian when former Oasis frontman, Liam Gallagher, called him a “k**bhead” in an interview with GQ magazine.
Rather awkwardly, Gallagher appeared on The Late Late Show shortly afterward to promote his new album. “That’ll be awkward,” the rock and roll star told BBC Radio 2, before adding: “I ain’t singing in no car. I refuse to do it, I’m not doing it, mate. I’ll sing the tunes, then I’m out of there.”
It would turn out that Gallagher isn’t the only person who has had difficulties with the Carpool Karaoke segment on Corden’s show.
In September 2017, the segment was criticized by the rock band, Foo Fighters, who claimed that “it kinda went on” in an interview with NME. “By hour three in the dude’s car it got less fun,” said the band’s guitarist, Pat Smear.
But whilst the segment, which has since been adapted into a profitable series for Apple Music subscribers, may not be easy for the guests, it certainly isn’t as easy as Corden makes it look.
During a game of “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts” – a segment on Corden’s show where he essentially plays truth or dare with a celebrity – with Aerosmith frontman, Steve Tyler, the funnyman told a story about a Carpool Karaoke guest who refused to participate.
“Has any guest ever been so annoyed they walked off the show?” asked Tyler.
Well, as it turns out, yes!
Listen to Corden’s awkward answer here…
Rather than avoid the question and eat a pig head jelly, Corden chose to be brave and answer the difficult question.
“There’s only one person,” said Corden, before begrudgingly telling the story:
“It wasn’t the show. What happened was… this was a couple of years ago. We had an idea… to shoot a – I want to preface this by saying I kinda understand it and I get it and I hold no grudge, I don’t. What happened was… for the anniversary of Back to the Future, we were gonna do a sort of, ‘Best of the ’80s’ Carpool Karaoke.
“And we had booked – in a DeLorean – and we booked Bryan Adams, right, to come and do the thing, and we were very excited. I love Bryan Adams, he’s got hits for days, he’s terrific.
“I don’t know that Bryan’s management had told Bryan that it was sort of a collaboration with lots of other singers from that time period… Bryan’s walked in, seen the list of other people that have done it, turned around, walked, and got in his car and left.
“I’ve never seen – I’ve never heard from him. He just bolted. He was gone.”
This isn’t the first time Corden has thrown a guest under the bus on his show. In 2016, he announced that Mariah Carey was the most difficult guest he’d had on his show when she refused to sing during her Carpool Karaoke segment.
Then in 2017, again during a game of Spill Your Guts, this time with Khloe Kardashian, he announced that the rudest celebrity he’d ever met was Pierce Brosnan. Corden went on to claim that the James Bond star once pushed him at a U2 gig and then failed to even acknowledge him.
However, when asked to name the singer with the worst vocals to ever sit in the passenger seat of the Carpool Karaoke vehicle, Corden refused to answer.
There is no doubt that it’s difficult to be one of Hollywood’s most notable names, working with a hoard of A-list celebrities with their diva demands, so we can only take our hats off to Corden for his efforts!