Celebrity Hot Seat: Cordon Closes Out With His Last Show


On April 27 Cordon closed out the Late Late Show with special guests and surprise songs. It’s unknown where he’s going next, but many are excited to see what happens.

Kenley Belcher, Writer

 On April 27, 2023 James Corden hosted his last episode on the “Late Late Show.” After eight years and nearly 1,200 episodes, Corden closed his last show with special performances and guest appearances. Corden replaced the last host of the show, Craig Ferguson, and added many new elements including carpool karaoke. Sophomore Margaret Aitken is sad to see him go after leading the show saying, “I’m gonna miss James so much. It’s one of my favorite shows ever.” 

 The last show began with a theater performance of “The Lion King” with Tom Cruise. Surprising guests at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, Corden and Cruise dressed up as Timon and Pumba to sing “Hakuna Matata.” After the theater production was over, the two stars followed this act by singing “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” throughout the streets of Los Angeles. 

 The show then went to Adele waking up Corden for his last carpool karaoke. For the last show, Adele decided to do the driving as a final goodbye. They sang songs including “Rolling in the Deep,” “Love is a game,” “I drink wine,” “Hometown Glory,” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade.” At the end of the clip, Adele and Cordon hugged, with Corden saying, “It’s blowing my mind that you’ve done this for me. You’re one of my best friends in the whole world, and I’m gonna miss you.” 

 After the final karaoke skit, Corden was joined by fellow tv show hosts in a final skit. With Seth Myers and Jimmy Kimmel starting the video, followed by Jimmy Fallon and Stephan Colbert, the popular tv show hosts gave Corden a memorable goodbye. 

 The last to join the show were special guests Will Ferrell and Harry Styles. From smashing desks with a sledge hammer, to a final game of “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts,” Ferrell and Styles helped send the show off with an entertaining night. After much speculation on the last episode being a One Direction reunion, many fans were excited to hear Styles say, “I fear that it’s not a yes or no question. I think I would never say never to that. If there was a time when we wanted to do it, I don’t see why we wouldn’t,” during his question in the game. 

 Overall, Cordon was happy to end his career with the “Late Late Show,” describing his time as fun and exciting. His last message on the show was a song and the words, “I sit here now today with nothing but love, gratitude and pride.” After eight years on the show, fans want to see what Cordon does next, and which host will continue carpool karaoke. 

  Sophomore Zoe Lake was sad to see the last carpool Karaoke saying, “I don’t watch the show, but I always like to watch the Karaoke videos. I hope someone else will continue to do it.”