Inside James Corden’s Late Late Show afterparty: Host celebrates the end of an era with epic bash which sees Harry Styles, Adele and his family drinking margaritas and dancing until 4am
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James Corden went out with a bang as he partied until 4am with his pals Harry Styles and Adele after bidding farewell to The Late Late Show.
On Thursday night, the emotional Gavin and Stacey star, 44, signed off from the US late night television show for one final time after eight years and 1,200 episodes as host.
And James, who is preparing to move back to the UK with his family, decided to see out the end of an era by throwing an epic bash which saw his British LA based pals Harry Styles and Adele attend.
The celebrations lasted all night long with James’ ‘very proud’ Ange, 46, revealing the festivities went on until 4am – and plenty of margaritas were drunk.
Harry, 29, and Adele, 34, took part in James’ last show and looked moved as one of the show’s team presented the comedian with a double layered cake.
The Late Late show! James Corden went out with a bang as he partied until 4am with his pals Harry Styles and Adele after bidding farewell to The Late Late Show
Farewell: And James, who is preparing to move back to the UK with his family, decided to see out the end of an era by throwing an epic bash with Harry Styles and Adele attending
Emotional: On Thursday night, the emotional Gavin and Stacey star, 44, signed off from the US late night television show for one final time after eight years and 1,200 episodes as host
The cake was filled with photos from James’ time on the show – and there was plenty of alcoholic beverages on hand too.
James’ sister Ange, who was part of the audience alongside their parents, revealed the celebrations had gone into the early hours.
She shared a sweet photo of James doing a speech by the DJ decks with party-goers standing with their phones in hand, filming the emotional moment.
Ange added the caption: ‘Very proud’.
Later in the night, Ange shared a bleary-eyed selfie and said: ‘It’s 4am. I’ve drunk margaritas and danced all night. This makes one happy Angie. Night. XO’.
Meanwhile, Late Late show producer Kate Dowd uploaded a snap arm-in-arm with a beaming Harry.
The singer gave a thumbs up to the camera and cut a casual figure in a T-shirt with a yellow jumper over his shoulders, having changed out of the outfit he wore on the show.
Corden is preparing to return to the UK and regain favour among the British public, with his pals Harry and Adele helping him draw in a superstar status for his last ever show.
Final farewell: Meanwhile, Late Late show producer Kate Dowd uploaded a snap arm-in-arm with a beaming Harry
Party-time: The celebrations lasted all night long with James’ ‘very proud’ Ange, 46, revealing the festivities went on until 4am – and plenty of margaritas were drunk
PR experts have claimed Corden could be set for a big-money move to ITV and even replace rival Jonathan Ross as part of a charm offensive to ‘win back the British public’ after a slew of negative headlines while in the US.
Toward the end of the musical number last night, Corden’s voice began to crack and tears welled up in his eyes as he looked into the camera.
He sang: ‘And part of me thinks why not stay here forever? But deep in my heart, I just know. No more shows to be showing. It’s time I was going. It’s time. Thanks for watching, that’s our show.’ The crowd uproariously applauded and gave him a standing ovation as the star waved goodbye for the final time.
He said: ‘Thank you so much for your time, everybody. I will miss you. Goodnight.’ The Into The Woods star pointed to the camera before turning to his audience and giving them a salute. He wiped the tears away with his jacket sleeve as he made his way to the curtain and gave one final wave at the audience while taking the moment in.
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The actor and presenter said he decided to quit the show and wanted to spend more time with his family after a heartfelt conversation with his son, Max. But in recent months he has been beset with negative press about his off-screen antics, including a bust-up with the owner of a restaurant who banned him for being rude to staff.
After first finding fame on British TV with roles in Hollyoaks and Gavin & Stacey, Corden schmoozed his way into LA life, amassing a £50million fortune showing off his glitzy life while interviewing Prince Harry on a bus.
But now the father-of-three from High Wycombe is tearfully bidding farewell to the States, where his wife Julia has set up a global interior design business that counts the Beckhams and the Clooneys among its clientele.
Despite insisting he was not motivated by money, PR experts say that Corden will waste no time attempting to regain favour among the British public. Reputation gurus have suggested Corden could attempt to re-launch his career in the UK by returning to the stage, appearing on reality shows or even accepting a talk show on ITV.
Popular culture and brand expert Nick Ede said that Britain will be the hardest place for Corden to win back hearts and minds, and can only do this by ‘going back to basics’. Mr Ede said: ‘I think that James Corden coming back to the UK is going to be a difficult road for him to navigate.
‘He has proved himself to be a big star but he needs to win back the British public by going back to basics, which he is doing by eyeing up and reprising his role in One Man, Two Guvnors and more acting roles.
Final show: For his last ever show, James welcomed his pal Harry Styles and Will Ferrell for a chat on the sofa
What a way to go out: James ended his run on US late night television by performing a piano ballad with several references to his 1,200 episodes over the years
Waking up: Adele woke up James for a final segment of Carpool Karaoke – his most popular sketch where he drives around Los Angeles with celebrities and sing songs
Best friends: The singer was incredibly emotional as she joined James for his final show in a pre-recorded segment
Honoured: President Joe Biden joined James’ star-studded final episode of The Late Late Show
‘His persona as a host in the USA worked wonders but his off screen antics have proved problematic and he needs to charm his way back into the public to gain real popularity, not notoriety’.
But he said there is still hope for him, with Mr Ede saying he thinks ‘the public can be won over by him’.
He said: ‘He’s talented and he’s seen as a national treasure by many because of Gavin & Stacey. Going back to his roots and being humble will keep the fans happy – but he still has work to do to get there.’
This could involve a return to the stage, where he made a name for himself in The History Boys and One Man, Two Guvnors, and Corden himself previously told Variety he would ‘love’ to go back to Broadway shortly after announcing his decision to quit.
Corden, who first became a household name after creating hit comedy Gavin & Stacey with Ruth Jones, could also go back to the screen.
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Emotional: James Corden on his last show
Last year, he starred in and produced black comedy series Mammals, while he also had roles in Cinderella and Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway in 2021.
However, as of yet, it doesn’t seem like he is attached to any upcoming projects.
For his final Late Late Show last night, Cordon was joined by Styles and Hollywood actor Ferrell, 55, and they played a final game of Spill Your Guts Or Fill Your Guts.
‘Yes or no, will there be a One Direction reunion?,’ Styles said to wild applause from the studio audience in Los Angeles.
‘I would never say never to that. I think if there was a time where we all felt like that was what we wanted to do, then I don’t see why we wouldn’t,’ the Watermelon Sugar hitmaker answered.
Styles has been a frequent visitor to the show, and has even guest-hosted twice.
He’s been game for a number of taped bits with Corden including the time the host directed a music video for Styles’ song Daylight for just $300.
The former X Factor contestant also took part in a more than 11-minute segment featuring a UK Vs. US dodgeball game where Corden, Styles, ‘Games of Thrones’ actor James Bradley and Benedict Cumberbatch faced off against players including Michelle Obama, Mila Kunis, Kate Hudson, Lena Waithe, and Melissa McCarthy.
Styles and Farrell weren’t the only people of stature who were featured on the episode as US President Joe Biden joined the star-studded affair.
The President didn’t drop by the studio, but instead filmed a short video appreciation of Corden’s eight-year stint on the series from what appeared to be the White House.
During his speech, in which he thanked the 44-year-old host for ‘all the joy you’ve brought to homes across America.’
Biden joined several film and television shows sending Corden off in style, including his old pal Tom Cruise, who performed in the Lion King stage musical with the host during a prime time special
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