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‘I was so convinced that it wouldn’t work’: James Corden on the early days of ‘The Late Late Show’

Corden's unpredictable success.

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A month and a half later, and many fans still have the fresh memory of James Corden hosting the last episode of The Late Late Show, which aired on April 25. The show’s devoted audience was regaled with the sad knowledge of Corden’s imminent departure from the role which catapulted him into international popularity a year in advance by the popular late night host.

With around a million viewers and fans getting used to his unique and popular comedic segments like “Carpool Karaoke” and “Spill your Guts or Fill Your Guts,” the 44-year-old comedian’s retrospective reflection on his career in his recent interview with CBS News came across as cathartic and intriguing.

Corden shared with Ben Mankiewicz the revelation that what he will miss most about departing from The Late Late Show are the precious moments with co-workers. He expressed that in particular, he considered the episode of “Carpool Karaoke” with Paul McCartney quite a game-changer, and lamented that Paul Simon was the “guest who got away,” as he never got to have him on the popular segment. But it was his lack of confidence in predicting the show’s success that is perhaps the most perplexing.

Responding to the question of whether he ever feared not he “feared failure” in the early days of The Late Late Show, Corden laughingly said that he was convinced that “it (the show) wouldn’t work.”

While this seems a humble reply after eight years of breakthrough fame and endless entertainment, some of Corden’s diehard fans might not be able to relate to the statement especially due to the show’s instant, overnight success.

Corden’s entertaining delivery portrayed through various hilarious comedic segments and episodes have rightfully earned him the distinction as one of the most talented talk show hosts of all time and we wish to see more of him in similar roles in the future.

Jayasmita Dutta Roy
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Jayasmita Dutta Roy

A keen lover of cinema, Jayasmita harbors an utmost interest in staying updated about everything ranging from the classics to contemporary blockbusters. When she is not glued to the computer gleaning information about intriguing pop culture gossips, you will see her in a random coffee shop immersed in the surreal world of Murakami.