James Corden last Late Late Show: 'negativity has boiled over' in US

James Corden bids farewell to Late Late Show by saying ‘negativity has boiled over’ in US, before joking with Adele that she has ‘ego’ and closing out with piano number

  • James Corden on his final episode of CBS’ The Late Late Show spoke about the divisions and negativity that have grown in America over issues of politics
  • He urged his audience to remember the optimism that America represents to the rest of the world and to look for the light and joy in life 
  • Corden announced one year ago that he would be ending his show after eight seasons to return to his native UK to be closer to family and his loved ones

James Corden used part of his farewell speech on Thursday’s final episode of The Late Late Show to address the deep rift in America over hot button issues including politics and ideology.

‘We started this show with Obama, then Trump and a global pandemic. I’ve watched America change a lot. I’ve watched divisions grow and I’ve felt a sense of negativity boil over,’ said the host on Thursday night. 

He implored his audience to ‘remember what America signifies to the rest of the world. My entire life it has always been a place of optimism. … Yes, it has flaws but show me a place that doesn’t. Show me a person that doesn’t.

‘Just because somebody disagrees with you it doesn’t make them bad or evil. We are all more the same than we are different. There are so many people who are trying to stoke those differences and we have to try as best we can to look for the light, look for the joy. If you do, it’s out there. That’s all this show has ever been about,’ he said.

Corden announced one year ago that he would be ending his late-night show after eight seasons, citing a desire to return to his native UK to be closer to family and loved ones. 

James Corden bid farewell to The Late Late Show by saying ‘negativity has boiled over’ in the U.S. during an emotional sendoff

The Last Last Late Late Show with James Corden had guests with Harry Styles and Will Ferrell

Singer Harry Styles shows off a tattoo that he had with The Late Late Show’s logo 

Corden is seen with Styles, left, and Ferrell, right who were the host’s final guests

Corden’s parents, Margaret and Malcolm were both in the audience to see their son’s final show

His parents were seated in the audience for the final taping, and his sisters, he joked, were in town too but at a bar instead.

Earlier on CBS aired a primetime special called ‘The Last Last Late Late Show Special’ featuring taped segments with Tom Cruise (where they performed stunts and sang a duet of ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’ from ‘The Lion King’) and Adele, where they taped a final Carpool Karaoke segment.

Corden reminded the singer that she has an Emmy, Grammy and Oscar and wondered if she would ever actively pursue a Tony Award. ‘You have the EGO’ he said.

‘I really don’t think that that is ever gonna happen. I would never write a musical or anything like that because I (expletive) hate musicals,’ said Adele to laughter. ‘I also think the EGO suits me better.’

Adele arrived at Corden’s home, waking him up with cymbals, before starting the trip, during which they sang several of her hits and a musical number, and reminisced about the past eight years of his tenure on The Late Late Show.

Earlier, Corden performed Carpool Karaoke with Adele on final show which aired on Thursday

Adele took hold of the wheel in the final Carpool Karaoke

Adele admitted to James that she doesn’t feel ‘ready’ to return to home to the UK, otherwise she would be considering coming with him 

Tom Cruise and James Corden appeared in The Lion King in a final comedic bit for the show

The tables were turned as Corden has Cruise take part in an epic musical performance during The Lion King at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood ahead of the final broadcast 

The pair later became emotional while singing a rendition of Adele’s I Drink Wine – with the singer explaining that the lyrics to the song had partly been inspired by a conversation they had once had.

The main show then featured appearances from former One Direction star Harry Styles as well as US comedian and actor Will Ferrell as Corden’s final guests. 

Styles has been a frequent visitor to the show, and has even guest-hosted twice. 

He’s been game for a number of taped bits with Corden including the time the host directed a music video for Styles’ song ‘Daylight’ for just $300 and when the musician took part in a more than 11-minute segment featuring a UK Vs. US dodgeball game where Corden, Styles, ‘Games of Thrones’ actor James Bradley and Benedict Cumberbatch faced off against players including Michelle Obama, Mila Kunis, Kate Hudson, Lena Waithe, and Melissa McCarthy.

‘As a friend, I’m so incredibly proud of you,’ Styles told Corden. ‘On a personal note, you’ve been a safe space to me always as a friend.’ 

He added that he was ´’selfishly very excited that you’re coming home.’ Styles, Corden and Ferrell then embraced in a group hug.

There were also goodbyes from the other late night tv hosts.

Other late night TV hosts bid farewell to Corden including Seth Myers, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon

The final show ended with Corden singing a song at the  piano as he bid the audience farewell

Corden is seen speaking with a member of the audience in his final show

Corden thanked all the member of staff on his team as his final show finally came to an end

Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and David Letterman all appeared in a pre-taped segment with Corden. 

They joked that since Corden was ending his show, they could each call dibs on one of his segments.

They all chose Carpool Karaoke, referencing Corden’s most popular sketch where he drives around Los Angeles with celebrities and sing songs.

Paul McCartney, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder and Chris Martin are a few of his Carpool Karaoke passengers.

The segment was such a hit that it spun-off into its own series for Apple. 

Corden only appeared in the debut episode with Will Smith in the car.

Corden closed out the night by playing a piano and singing a song with the crew and staff gathered around the stage. ‘

Part of me thinks I should stay here forever but deep in my heart I just know,’ Corden sang. ‘No more shows to be showing, it’s time I was going, It’s time. Thanks for watching, that’s our show.’

Last year, Corden was at the center of a foodie scandal after British restaurateur Keith McNally, pictured, confronted him over his ‘abusive’ behavior towards servers when he sent back an egg yolk omelet for having traces of egg white in it

Corden and wife Julia in 2018. He claimed she told Balthazar staff she had a ‘serious food allergy’ 

Last year, Corden was at the center of a foodie scandal after British restaurateur Keith McNally confronted him over his ‘abusive’ behavior towards servers when he sent back an egg yolk omelet for having traces of egg white in it. He claimed his wife had a food allergy.

However, after 86’ing Corden – a term used in the restaurant industry meaning to stop serving a person, or to kick them out – McNally has since revoked the ban.

Following claims that Corden was ‘abusive’ to staff at Balthazar, McNally then posted a lengthy Instagram post calling the comedian and actor out for his alleged behavior.

McNally said Corden called him to apologize ‘profusely’.

Declaring that ‘all was forgiven’, he said: ‘Having f**ked up myself more than most people, I strongly believe in second chances. So if James Corden lets me host his Late Late Show for 9 months, I’ll immediately rescind his ban from Balthazar. No, of course not. But….anyone magnanimous enough to apologize to a deadbeat layabout like me (and my staff) doesn’t deserve to be banned from anywhere’.

McNally famously started a feud with fellow Brit James Corden after the talk show host threw a tantrum when egg whites were spotted in his wife’s egg yolk omelet 

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