James Corden

James Corden

The host of CBS's Late Late Show since March 2015, James Corden was born in Buckinghamshire and, as a child, studied drama at the Jackie Palmer Stage School.

His break came in the ITV comedy-drama Fat Friends, where he met Ruth Jones, with whom he would go on to created the BBC Three hit Gavin and Stacey. However, before that he would appear in Hollyoaks as Wayne and in Alan Bennett's play The History Boys, which opened in 2004. He played Timms in the London, Broadway, Sydney, Wellington and Hong Kong productions, and in the radio and film adaptations.

Gavin & Stacey, which started in 2007, made his name. He won best male newcomer nomination at that year's British Comedy Awards, and the show won best new TV comedy. On the show, he struck up a friendship with co-star Mat Horne. They have since hosted Big Brother's Big Mouth together, as well as various awards ceremonies, and a critically slammed sketch show

But then he reinvented himself as the host of Sky's sports panel show League Of Their Own, and co-creating the BBC Two comedy-thriller The Wrong Mans.

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James Corden blasted over Harvey Weinstein jokes

Comic apologises following backlash

James Corden has been forced to apologise after facing a huge backlash over jokes he made about Harvey Weinstein.

The comic elicited groans when he made jokes about the shamed mogul at a star-studded Hollywood gala over the weekend – followed by a barrage of criticism on social media.

His first joke was: ‘It’s a beautiful night here in LA. It’s so beautiful, Harvey Weinstein has already asked tonight up to his hotel to give him a massage.’

Sensing the audience’s unease over the gag, Corden said: ‘I don’t know whether that groan was you liking that joke or you don’t like that joke, if you don’t like that joke you should probably leave now.’

Sticking to his theme, he added: ‘It has been weird this week though, watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water. Ask any of the women who watched him take a bath.’

And then he said: ‘Harvey Weinstein wanted to come tonight, but sadly he’ll settle for whatever potted plant is closest. Oh COME ON!’

Journalist Lauren Sivan has said that in 2007, the sleazy producer trapped her in the hallway of a restaurant and masturbated in front of her, ejaculating into a pot plant.

The sternest criticism of Corden’s joke came from actor Rose McGowan, who alleges that Weinstein raped her.

She tweeted: You motherfucking piglet…. Hearing the audience’s vile roars [and] laughs show exactly what kind of Hollywood you really are.’

Italian actor Asia Argento, who claims that Weinstein raped her when she was 21, added the caption: ‘Shame on this pig and everyone who grunted with him.’

Corden apologised for the jokes, which he cracked at the  American Foundation for AIDS Research event.

He said: ‘To be clear, sexual assault is no laughing matter. I was not trying to make light of Harvey’s inexcusable behaviour, but to shame him, the abuser, not his victims. I am truly sorry for anyone offended, that was never my intention.’

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Published: 16 Oct 2017

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