James Corden is joined by many familiar faces, including some famous surprise guests, as he bids farewell to CBS’ The Late Late Show after eight years as host .
Corden’s final night as host of the late-night series begins Thursday with a primetime special, followed by the final episode itself. In a previously announced special highlight, Corden and Tom Cruise reprise their roles as Timon and Pumbaa, live The Lion King
at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles, ending with “Carpool Karaoke” with the host’s chum
He explained that returning to his native London was a great experience for himself, his wife and their family. That’s a lot for three kids. “It’s been a wonderful adventure, but I’m pretty sure about our family that as people get older and we miss people, it’s time to come home,” Corden said.
One of the surprises of the final episode was a video message from President Joe Biden, who had previously appeared on camera with Corden. In fact, Biden mentioned that the two filmed a segment at last year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner in which the comedian attempted to perform at the White House.
“Working for me in the White House a day later, I’m surprised you can work eight years at any job,” Biden quipped with a laugh. “Thank you for the joy you bring to families across America, and especially thank you for never asking me to sing in your car. I sing for nothing.”
Another pre The taped segment invited some of the biggest late-night hosts — Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman — to surprise Corden in his bedroom. The visitors wanted to make sure Corden didn’t give away their secrets, including that they didn’t always watch the projects the guest was promoting, and tried to convince him to stay.
“James, have you thought it through?” Colbert asked. “What other job will you be able to sing and dance every night?” The period was advanced six months as Corden was seen joining late-night TV alum Trevor Noah The Masked Singer .
The previously announced guest on this show is Harry Styles And Will Ferrell , they’ve both made numerous appearances over the years. Ferrell started his visit by smashing Corden’s desk with a sledgehammer. Later, when Styles was asked to name his personal Late Late Show highlight, he quoted a dodgeball saying, “I was shot by Michelle Obama Hit the nuts.”
All three of them played a shortened version of “Spill Your Guts, or Fill Your Guts,” and Styles was asked if One Direction get together. The question drew wild cheers from the audience, and while the surprise reunion didn’t materialize , Styles left the door open for the future . “I don’t think it’s a yes or no question,” the Grammy winner replied. “I would never say it would never be like that. If that’s what we want to do, I don’t see why we wouldn’t.”
In praise of Styles and Ferrell After Corden’s performance, the outgoing host bid his final farewell to the audience. “It was life-changing,” he said of his time as host. “All we wanted was a little bit easier, a little easier at the end of the day. Thank you for letting me do this.”
Corden’s final moments on stage were He played a farewell piece on the piano as The Hollywood Reporter Observed during recording that he needed to redo the line in the middle of the number because he was too emotional. The song includes a reprise of, “Good night/Thank you for watching/This is our show.”
On a recent 1235403362 IN INTERVIEWTHR, Late Late Show executive producers Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe reflect on the show’s highlights and missed opportunities — including a “carpool karaoke” with Beyoncé, but they never quite Come together — and explain why an unknown host landing on a late-night show is unlikely to happen again. 1235373996