James Corden’s “The Late Late Show” is now an Emmy Award-winning standard for creative late-night TV show in two years, producing multiple videos seen by fans around the world in their hundreds of millions.
Even with that, the British comic and actor disclosed this week that the latest stereotype of the CBS talk show nearly didn’t come to be, consequent upon a ridiculous contract proposal from executives.
“CBS called to say they’d like me to do a test reel for ‘The Late Late Show’ and I was like ‘I don’t know’ because I was doing this musical on Broadway and I was writing this show,” James said in Hollywood Wednesday.
“Then they just offered me the show and it was a terrible offer. Anyone here from CBS will know the offer was appalling. And I said no to that,” This was his response to a Q&A session at the annual PaleyFest television festival.
Corden, 38, thought otherwise that as executives returned with a better deal three months after, he realized if he stuck to his gun to say no, he would be rejecting a dream opportunity to “be creative every day.”
Long after taking charge of “The Late Late Show” from Craig Ferguson in March 2015, there has been a redefinition of the Late night talk show, by Corden returning the tradition — forgone in the US — of rubbing minds on the sofa.
Corden has also famed a rib-cracking daft list of frequent funny sections, two of which are namely — Carpool Karaoke and Drop the Mic — have become common pop cultural spectacles.
“Carpool Karaoke,” a satire in which famous acts like Justin Bieber to Michelle Obama sing along with popular hits in a mobile car. It is being produced in a 16-episode bonus series for Apple Music.
– Slow start –
The section was introduced by Corden just when the show started and it quickly translated beyond late-night television recording a whooping 1.3 billion views on YouTube.
The most successful satire featured Adele, famed for her mega-star British ballad singing style. It displayed a well-knit shot and more relaxed disposition of herself.
YouTube has featured Adele’s section no fewer than 152 million times in 14 months. And that is the most ever seen for a section in the category of late-night television comedy.
Corden as well as executive producers Rob Crabbe and Ben Winston “had never been more sure” of an idea, the comedian and actor recounted to the audience at the event.
Then “Carpool Karaoke” began on a slow start with every celebrity approached and not willing to be part of it.
“Everyone in this room, just in your mind, think of a recording artist. Pop one in your head, see them, think of their name,” Corden urged the capacity-full Dolby Theatre.
“Everyone got one? They said no.”
For over 80 minutes, Corden, Winston and Crabbe fielded many questions about making the show from audience and the anchor, actor Bradley Whitford known for “The West Wing”.
When asked if Corden would host President Donald Trump, he said:
“When he was running for president, he didn’t stop by our show, but I felt like we had the absolute game to play with Donald Trump.
“I really felt like the game I wanted to play if he came on the show was called ‘Stand By It, or Take It Back’ (with) Donald Trump and things that he had said on the campaign trail.
“You’ve got a chance now… do you stand by it or take it back? If you take it back, you have to take it back forever and if you stand by it, you’ve got to tell me why. I felt like that was such a good game… but he never came by.” Corden said.