James Corden kicked off Tuesday (June 18) Late Late Show by lamenting that actor Jake Gyllenhaal just couldn’t make to the second night of the host’s week-long run of broadcasts from London’s Central Hall Westminster due to a scheduling conflict. That was a bummer for the audience primed to see the Spider-Man: Far From Home star.
But for some reason Corden couldn’t stop accidentally calling it “Gyllenhaal Westminster,” a slip of the tongue he committed three times on Tuesday alone. Then, while setting up a British edition of the show’s beloved Dogs in Sunglasses bit, Corden’s inner monologue betrayed that he just couldn’t shake the Jake. “I really wish he was here tonight,” Corden said in his head as the strains of Whitney Houston‘s “Greatest Love of All” bubbled up.
“I believe that Gyllenhaal’s the future/ A movies star who also does Broadway,” Corden sang. “Really wish that Jake was here with us tonight/ He’s got such kind blue eyes/ And the perfect smile/ Bringing joy and laughter to everyone with his movies.” And then, it happened. Gyllenhaal emerged on the balcony in a puff of smoke crooning back to Corden.
“Every night I watch the Late Late Show/ People need a host to look up to/ I really wish I could be on your balcony,” Gyllenhaal sang. “One day I hope to see/ My face on Car Pool Karaoke.” As Jake made his way to the stage to complete the mutual admiration society compliment-off, they harmonized on the chorus: “Because the greatest Gyllenhaal is happening to me/ I found the greatest Gyllenhaal inside of me,” while a group of ribbon dancers surrounded them.
In the end, even Jake had to admit it, though: the greatest Gyllenhaal is, of course, his sister, Maggie.
Watch the full song below.