James Corden reveals 'no one believes' he wasn't fired from US talk show

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3 Apr 2024, 14:36

James Corden hosting The Late Late Show

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James Corden has revealed no one in the UK believes he wasn’t fired from his The Late Late Show hosting gig.

The Gavin & Stacey star who hosted the US’ The Late Late Show with James Corden from 2015 to 2023 decided to leave his lead role on the show in order to move back to the UK with his family last year.

However, as the comedian joked during a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, in the UK: “No one believes that I wasn’t fired,” despite the fact it wasn’t the case.

“People are very nice,” he said, adding that British people have reclaimed him “warmly” now that he’s back in the country. However, when telling people that he moved back so that his son Max can have a closer relationship with his grandparents, Corden revealed he often gets told the same thing by people in response.

“‘You don’t have to give me that [bull****]. It’s fine mate, you got fired. You got fired,’” he said people often tell him. “Nobody thinks that you would ever leave what is, let’s be honest, a cushy existence,” he then reflected to Kimmel.

Corden was appearing on his fellow late night host’s programme to talk about his latest acting role in London’s Old Vic’s production The Constituent. 

Speaking about the play, he shared: “The play is a very political play, it’s about a very timely thing that’s happening to a lot of Members of Parliament in the UK, and perhaps how we’re treating them, and is there room for more empathy and compassion in the world of politics anymore.”

On returning to television and specifically to his former hit show Gavin & Stacey, Corden recently responded to rumours the show may be getting some more episodes during an appearance at a Royal Television Society event. 

“I genuinely don’t know if we’ll ever do another one. I think Ruth and I would love to make something together again… I really don’t know with Gavin & Stacey. I think we feel so proud of that last special,” he said. 

“I think, in a way, those characters, they live on, they carry on, they’re still out there somewhere living and breathing. Their lives carry on and we just sort of get together and open this portal and find out. Some people say to me, ‘I want to know what happens’. And I go, so do I!”

The Constituent will run at London’s The Old Vic from 13th June to 10th August 2024.