James Corden is addressing the elephant in the room: That viral clip of him not actually driving in a “Carpool Karaoke” segment.
“I’m sure many of you have heard, I recently have been the victim of a scandal in the media and there’s been some very, very serious allegations against me,” Corden announced on “The Late Late Show” Wednesday. “I want to get ahead of everything and address those and assure you, my audience, that these accusations are not true. I am, of course, talking about the people who say that I don’t drive the car during ‘Carpool Karaoke.’ ”
Corden went viral earlier this week after a video was posted of himself and Bieber shooting the popular segment, which involves the late night host and his famous guest (or guests) singing along to music in the car. The kicker: Corden, sitting in the driver’s seat, wasn’t actually driving. The car was being pulled by a truck.
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“I know this looks bad,” Corden continued. “But I just want to say right now that I always drive the car unless we’re doing something where we think it might not be safe… In the case of Justin Bieber, it was a safety issue where we thought it was best to tow the car. Frankly, I just kept getting lost in his eyes.”
He assured viewers that he’s actually the one driving in “95%” of the “Carpool Karaoke” segments – something he wants credit for, because the Brit was “raised driving on a completely different side of the road.”
“But this is a TV show: Not everything is real,” he added. “Our show doesn’t tape after midnight, we tape at 5 p.m. and pretend that it’s late… And I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I don’t actually need (the show’s guests) to help me get to work, right? Often I’m at work already. We’ve also never once, in the history of that bit, used the carpool lane.”
Only five of his “Carpool” segments were shot without him driving, including the now-viral Bieber one: Meghan Trainor, Cardi B, Migos and Chance the Rapper.
The rest, including Bieber’s first two appearances, plus Michelle Obama, Paul McCartney and Lady Gaga, were all Corden actually driving.
“I’m just shocked that I’ve done something that upset people more than ‘Cats,’ ” the TV host – and Andrew Lloyd Weber musical star – joked.