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James Corden: 'My life feels unreal'

Published 14/01/2016

James Corden
James Corden

James Corden is delighted with how well his Carpool Karaoke segment has taken off.

James Corden's life as a talk show host feels like an auction prize, because it's so out of this world.

The British star has relocated to America, where he fronts The Late Late Show with James Corden. When he took over from Craig Ferguson in 2014 he was not very well known Stateside at all, so he approached the situation with more than a little trepidation. These days he can't believe he's paid to do something which is so much fun.

"So much of my life at the moment, I think to myself 'If this was an auction prize, what would it go for?'" he laughed during the TCA (Television Critics Association) Press Tour. "And yet I'm at work! It's not lost on me what a privilege that is."

As if moving across the world wasn't stressful enough, James and his wife Julia had only just welcomed their daughter Carey into the world when they relocated. He remains indebted to his wife for agreeing to such a major change, which is another reason he's so happy it's worked out.

One of the biggest hits of James' show has been the Carpool Karaoke section, which sees musicians drive around with the host while singing their songs. Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber and Stevie Wonder have all appeared, with Adele taking part this week (beg11Jan16) and Elton John lined up for a future episode.

"We did a sketch for (charity TV event) Comic Relief in 2011, with my Gavin & Stacey (UK TV show) character in a car with George Michael singing Wham! songs. And it never really left us just how joyful that was," he explained.

"There's something very unique in seeing someone sing their hits in the very same environment we sing them ourselves. I never thought in our first three episodes we would find a bit that would completely define our show."

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