Justin Bieber is 'Shocked' After James Corden Comes Clean About 'Carpool Karaoke' Scandal

James Corden
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James Corden on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

James Corden is a liar. That's the basic take-away from the Late Late Show host's shocking mea culpa on Wednesday night's (Jan. 29) show, during which the late night chatter admitted that sometimes (only a handful, really) he's not actually doing all the driving during celebrity "Carpool Karaoke" segments. Corden was forced to come clean after a viral video blew up last week showing Corden tooling around Los Angeles with Justin Bieber as their SUV was towed behind a production truck.

"I'm sure many of you have heard, I recently been the victim of a scandal in the media and there have been some very, very serious allegations made against me," a contrite Corden said at the top of his show in reaction to the flood of posts reacting to the reveal video. After playing the clip - which he noted has gotten more views, 13 million, than some "Karaoke" segments -- Corden explained that he always drives, except if he's doing something unsafe, like changing costumes or a dance routine.

In Bieber's case, it was a safety issue, where Corden's team thought it was "best to tow the car... because, frankly, I kept getting lost in his eyes," James said.

Well, that weak sauce excuse didn't cut it with Bieber, who tweeted that he was appalled that Corden had pulled one over on him. "Wait... you weren't driving the car?" the "Yummy" singer tweeted. "How could you James? I'm shocked."

Corden, of course, had fun with the whole thing, reading some headlines from the scandalized press that included: "James Corden Responds to Dream-Shattering 'Carpool Karaoke' Revelation" and "The Worst Lie Since Santa, Why 'Carpool Karaoke' is TV's Biggest Con." "Look, I'm just shocked that I've done something that upset people more than Cats," he joked about the (litter) box office dud he co-starred in. 

He swore that 95% of the time he really is endangering the lives of the world's biggest pop stars. Plus, it's TV people, he pleaded. "And I hate to be the bearer of even more bad news, but while we're getting things out in the open, I don't actually need them to help me get to work, right?" he admitted, adding that he's never once actually used the carpool lane to get to work.

In an attempt to put the earth-shattering scandal to bed, Corden posted the list of every "Carpool" he's done using a tow -- totaling five, including Meghan Trainor, Migos, Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and Bieber's upcoming third appearance -- and then a much, much longer list of every one where he didn't, which totaled nearly 50.

Watch Corden's explanation below.


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