A Final Salute to the Late Late Show


Anna Odell, Staff Writer

James Corden, the famous comedian and host, has bid farewell to his beloved late night talk show, The Late Late Show with James Corden. After eight years of hosting esteemed celebrities and doing numerous skits, Corden decided it was time for this chapter of his life to come to a close. 

The last two shows featured memorable moments like Carpool Karaoke with Adele and conversations with Will Ferrell and Harry Styles, all of which brought bittersweet feelings to many fans of the show. 

Senior Isabella Plascencia stated that she would “miss the people that he brought onto his show. It was always fun to watch, and it always made me laugh, so I’m sad that it’s ending.” 

The Late Late Show took up a huge portion of Corden’s life. He was able to watch America, his family, countless celebrities, and even his audience grow and change throughout the years he hosted the show. While the show was a great opportunity for him, he does feel as though he missed out on a lot of things because of his busy schedule. 

“It’s been a crazy eight years,” Corden told Adele. “In one sense, it feels like it’s gone like that. In another sense, I feel like I don’t really remember what life was like.” 

What made Corden stand out was the creativity in each episode. Instead of being a stand-up comedian in the show, which he was never known for, he opted to take a more edited and planned approach to the show. 

Some thought this would “lack spontaneity and [that it was a] marked contrast from the genre-breaking impulses of his predecessor, Scottish comic, Craig Ferguson.” 

However, bits including Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts and Carpool Karaoke—as well as numerous other skits—became insanely popular online, only bringing more people in to watch the show. In fact, Corden’s 2016 Carpool Karaoke episode with Adele has reached 261 million views. 

While Corden may not have achieved the same level of popularity as some talk show hosts, The Late Late Show is still loved by fans throughout the country, and many of his skits remain fan favorites to this day. 

“I always thought that James Corden was really creative,” said senior Camila Cosme. “He had super unique skits and I’ve honestly never seen anything like it from anyone else.” 

To symbolize the finality of his departure, Corden allowed stars Harry Styles and Will Ferrell to smash his desk with a mallet until it was far beyond repair on the last episode. After one last Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts, Corden ended the night by saying, “We are all more the same than we are different, and there are so many people who are trying to stoke those differences. We have to try, as best we can, to look for the light, look for the joy. Because if you do, it’s out there. And that’s all this show has ever been about. Thank you for letting me do this. Thank you for letting me in your home every night.” 

This heartfelt and teary-eyed speech closed off the night on a positive note. While his departure might be sad for some, many fans wish him well and it’s safe to say that The Late Late Show will always be remembered and cherished.


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