James Corden Insists: ‘I Wasn’t Fired!’

It’s been nearly a year since James Corden left his show and returned to England, but as the former Late Late Show host revealed to Jimmy Kimmel, it hasn’t been easy to convince people across the pond that he left on his own accord.

Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night, Corden was asked how his experience returning to London has been.  “People are very nice,” Corden said. “But no one believes that I wasn’t fired. I’ll be in a pub or something, and people will be like… ‘So why’d you come back?’…” 

Corden went on to say that any attempt to explain his true reasoning — such as having family in England and wanting his kids to grow up there — is futile. “People will honestly be like, ‘You don’t have to give me that bulls—t… If you got fired, you got fired.’ Because nobody thinks that you would ever leave what is — let’s be honest — a cushy existence.”

Kimmel countered with an idea: “Can’t you get a letter from CBS saying that you were not fired? That you left on your own free will?”

Corden jokingly replied that it’s still difficult to convince anyone in England that CBS exists, or that a show would air as late as 12:30 A.M.

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He may have stepped down from his late-night perch on CBS, but Corden’s been plenty busy. This summer he returns to London’s West End to co-star in the new play The Constituent, and he continues to interview celebrities on his SiriusXM interview podcast This Life of Mine with James Corden.

Last week it was announced that his production company, Fulwell 73, received the go-ahead to begin construction on a UK film and television studio that will cost more than half a billion dollars

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