James Corden Addresses Recent London Attacks in 'Late Late Show' Opening
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 4:18
"I'm so proud to be broadcasting here from my hometown, proud to show off its beauty, its diversity, and its stoic British determination to let nothing or anybody stand in our way", he said in a prerecorded message shot outside Westminster's Central Hall, a vast church where the show is being recorded and located about one mile from where the attacks took place near London Bridge. "This is not a country that feels afraid", he said, mirroring Brit late-night host John Oliver's earlier insistence that American journalists who said the city was "reeling" had got it all wrong.
"Some people might say it's a odd time to do a variety show from the city. The people who carried out that attack, they would hate that too".
James Cordon is taking the Late Late Show back to his home down of London, England, for a week of new episodes starting on Tuesday. "Trying to find the right words to say, but it's impossible because there are none", he adds.
Variety reported that security was tight during the show's filming, with guests asked not to bring any bags, provide photo ID, and subject to full searches before entry.
Corden already paid tribute to the city of London with a "Crosswalk Musical" performance of "Mary Poppins" featuring Sir. The Emmy Award-winning show will broadcast three special episodes on Tuesday, June 6 - Thursday, June 8 (12:37 AM-1:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. "All of our "Late Late Show" staff were out in London on Saturday night, having a great time, and were all staying in a hotel about two minutes away from where the attack took place", he continues.
Corden's comments echoed the sentiments expressed by his executive producers, Robert Crabbe and Ben Winston-both of whom noted in an interview with V.F. that London has proven highly resilient, and that the show owes it to the city and its viewers to keep their spirits bright, as well. "Honestly, he's following me". "I think we balance it as well as we can".