James Corden Started a Rumor on 'Into The Woods' Set That Meryl Streep Was Fired

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"It was one of the best ruses I've ever had in my life and people really went for it," the late-night host says.

James Corden on Tuesday revealed on his late-night show that he played a prank while working on the 2014 Disney film Into The Woods — and none other than Meryl Streep was the focus.

The Oscar-winning actress was a guest on The Late Late Show where she talked to Corden about how strange it was getting back to work after a pause in most productions due to the pandemic.

Reminiscing about their films together, Corden said he had a bit of fun on Into The Woods when Streep was apparently absent one day. He told those on the set she had been fired.

"It was one of the best ruses I've ever had in my life and people really went for it," Corden said to a laughing Streep. "Everyone was devastated."

Streep said she was not aware he had done that, adding she did remember everyone was "very glad to see me the next day when I came to set."

Corden said he was able to sell the lie thanks to Christine Baranski, who backed him up. "She is an evil bitch," Streep joked.

Watch the full interview below.