Dublin: 12 °C Monday 20 September, 2021

James Corden walked near London Bridge and delivered this emotional opening monologue last night

“Welcome to The Late Late Show, it might be the worst weather in the world but it’s still my favourite city.”

FOR ONE WEEK only, James Corden has brought his hit US late night TV show back to his hometown of London.

And last night was the first show of what looks set to be a jam-packed week.

He opened it by walking beside Big Ben – “just a mile or so” from where the horrific attack took place on Saturday night – and celebrated the city in an emotional monologue

Source: The Late Late Show with James Corden/YouTube

“It’s so sad when I think about all the times since I took this job that I had to open this show talking about such atrocities and trying to find the right words to say is impossible because there are none”

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“But this time it felt incredibly close to home, all of our Late Late Show staff were out in London on Saturday night having a great time and we were all staying in a hotel about two minutes away from where the attack took place”

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“Some people may say it’s a strange time to do a variety show from this city – I couldn’t disagree more. A lot is going to happen here in the next few days, we’re going to elect a Prime Minister in Great Britain and just behind that building there is the Houses of Parliament. A building that represents democracy, something that the people who carried out this attack hate”

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“We’re going to bring you the silliest, stupidest, most fun-packed shows we’ve ever made for you to celebrate London and Britain and everything it has to offer. And you know what? The people who carried out that attack would hate that too.”

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In a touching moment, Corden finished with a loving sign-off to his favourite city:

I’m so proud to be broadcasting here from my hometown, I’m proud to show off its beauty, its diversity, its stoic British determination to let nothing or anybody to stand in our way.
This is not a country who feels afraid, thank you for joining us on what we hope will be a memorable week here in London. Welcome to The Late Late Show, it might be the worst weather in the world but it’s still my favourite city.


This week of shows in his home city have been planned for ages now, and there was no way of knowing that the crew would be setting up to broadcast in such tragic circumstances.

But everyone watching was impressed with how it was handled

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And, as a bonus for his temporary return to London, he brought Ed Sheeran in for his Carpool Karaoke

Source: The Late Late Show with James Corden/YouTube

He brought his guitar too.

A fitting star to have for his week back home.

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