9:51pm PT by Lauren Huff
James Corden Fires Back at Critics of Hillary Clinton's Grammys Appearance
Fresh off of hosting Sunday's Grammys on Monday's Late Late Show, James Corden addressed the criticism the ceremony faced for being too political.
One of the night's biggest moments came when Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance as part of a sketch in which multiple celebrities read from Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Corden explained that the Trump administration found issue with it, after several political figures tweeted about the sketch. The late-night host then read a tweet posted by U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, who slammed the comedy bit, arguing “Some of us love music without politics being thrown into it.”
“So I guess Nikki only liked the other nonpolitical moments of the Grammys. You know, Kendrick Lamar’s performance about police violence or U2’s performance about immigration in front of the Statue of Liberty,” Corden joked. The late-night host then directed his attention to Haley, arguing, “Well Nikki Haley, you can tell your boss, some of us love politics without the Twitter meltdowns thrown in,” Corden argued.
Donald Trump Jr. also tweeted about Clinton’s Grammy’s appearance, writing, “Getting to read a #fakenews book excerpt at the Grammys seems like a great consolation price for losing the presidency.” When the audience began booing after Corden read the tweet, the late-night host quipped, “No, you gotta give him credit. If anyone knows about consolation prizes, it’s Donald Trump’s second favorite child. At least you’re not Tiffany. Eric Trump would’ve tweeted about it, but he’s not allowed to stay up past 7:30.”
Later in the show, Corden explained that he and his team had to lie to the stars featured in the Fire and Fury sketch, informing them that Clinton would in fact be involved, despite not having yet heard back from her team for an appearance. “They all said yes, because they thought Hillary was doing it. … Thankfully she said yes, because that is not a call I want to make to Cher.”