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When James Corden first started hosting The Late Late Show, he said that he always tried to make it a “big, joyful variety show every night.” But with President Donald Trump’s administration, the COVID-19 pandemic and the weeks of protests against police brutality, he said he has shifted his show’s focus toward education.
“If anything, the greatest things that have come out of these past few months is I’ve really enjoyed being open to the notion that I’m on a quest of education here,” Corden told Stephen Colbert on Monday’s episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
Corden went on to explain how, even though his initial frames of reference for late night shows consisted of “stupid pet tricks” or lip-sync battles, he has opened his show up to have more timely and important conversations, some that he feels he has “really taken things away from.”
“We’re all having conversations with our children that are different and more insightful, and I really feel quite comfortable now talking about these things,” he said. “I’m in it to learn, and I want to learn more about it.”
Corden, who is British, said that his image of America has changed over the past few months as well. As a child, Corden said he believed in the American dream and continued to do so once he moved to New York for History Boys.
“At that point in my life, and still in this point, I had no idea how deep so much of the history goes culturally,” he said. “And particularly in these last four years, it’s felt like a giant step backward.”
But amid the pandemic and the ongoing anti-racism protests, Corden feels that America is undergoing a change.
“I think the most incredible thing about this moment now, post-George Floyd, the protests that we’ve seen, the marches, … it feels like there is a revolution happening,” he told Colbert.
While “the revolution” may be happening outdoors with marches and protests, Corden noted that there’s another revolution happening indoors and everywhere around him.
“For the first time, people are going, ‘I’m part of this and I have to make changes,’ and I have huge hope and optimism — but check with me in November,'” he said.
Watch the interview below.
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