James Corden Dishes On How Kanye West's 'Airpool Karaoke' Came Together

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James Corden on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

James Corden stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday (Dec. 2) to spill the tea on filming "Carpool Karaoke" with Kanye West, his role in the upcoming Cats movie and more.

Calling West a "complex fellow," Corden dished during the sit-down that the rapper cancelled not once, but twice before finally filming his elaborate "Airpool Karaoke" segment for The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote his new album, Jesus Is King

"Here's how it went," he told fellow late night host Jimmy Kimmel. "This was actually the third time that we had tried to do a sort of 'Carpool Karaoke' with Kanye. The first time, he agreed and then he cancelled a few days later...the second time that Kanye cancelled 'Carpool Karaoke' was so late in the day that I was driving up his road, in the car, with all the cameras and got this phone call saying it's been cancelled. And I literally, I think I basically turned around outside his house and drove back to the studio!"

Corden then revealed that, after the second, last-minute cancellation, West actually texted him with the idea to involve his choir, and that the rapper and his team actually pulled through with the plane used in the segment. "And I have to say, of all the things we've done on the show -- and I consider so many things we've done to have been an absolute privilege -- being on that plane, surrounded by that choir, singing with him...I will never, ever forget what that choir sounded like on that airplane. It was an astonishing thing and I really thought, 'This is a once in a lifetime thing, I'll never, ever forget it.' It was an incredible moment."

The talk show host also discussed his role as Bustopher Jones in the big screen adaptation of Cats, describing one particularly surreal moment on set. "We had like one day which was me, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, Idris Elba, Sir Ian McKellan and Judi Dench all shooting a scene together," he said. "Now that in itself is quite extraordinary. Then when you add the layer of everybody pretending to be a cat, you really can't help but feel you're on some kind of hallucinogenic drug where you're, like, looking at Judi Dench and she's like, (licks herself) and you're like, 'This is..." You really think for a long time, 'Are we being punk'd? Is this real?'"

Check out the interview below for more on Corden's interview with Kimmel.


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