James Corden‘s casual cruise with Mariah Carey one afternoon in 2015 while the two sang along to her classics has spurred dozens of episodes in a span since then for his well-known The Late Late Show With James Corden segment “Carpool Karaoke.”
Corden’s famous company has included Stevie Wonder, Adele, One Direction, Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Obama (plus Missy Elliott), BTS and many more in the passenger seat, jamming along to their own hits with the musically gifted late-night TV host.
Corden admitted he (of course) doesn’t always drive during “Carpool Karaoke” for safety reasons after someone caught a video of him and frequent passenger Justin Bieber filming an episode in a towed SUV being dragged by a production truck. “I swear to you, 95% of the time I really am endangering the lives of the world’s biggest pop stars,” he told the audience. “This is a TV show. Not everything is real. … 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?!”
Helping Corden get to work while sitting through L.A. traffic is the common ruse he uses for why these superstars are sitting beside him — except if it’s Madonna guiding him around New York City or Michael Bublé is magically appearing to fulfill the Christmas spirit.
The popular segment went on hiatus in March 2020 due to the global coronavirus pandemic, with social distancing guidelines making the bit impossible to do safely. In April 2022, Corden announced that “Carpool Karaoke” was finally returning, and that Nicki Minaj and Camila Cabello would be his first guests.
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