Gavin and Stacey star Corden and Patrick Stewart in shock spat
James Corden and Sir Patrick Stewart shocked onlookers at an awards ceremony when the pair became involved in a verbal tussle.
Gavin and Stacey star Corden was hosting the Glamour Women of the Year event in front of an audience of showbiz names like Cheryl Cole, Billie Piper, Christine Bleakley and Lily Allen when the spat took place.
Theatre veteran and Star Trek actor Sir Patrick had got up on stage to present a gong for Film Actress of the Year when he criticised Corden for the way he hosted parts of the evening.
He told the comedy star not to stand at the back with his hands in his pocket looking like he would rather be somewhere else when recipients got up to collect their gongs. If he was joking, it appeared to fall flat with Corden, and things got worse when Sir Patrick told the portly comic: "From where I was sitting, I could see your belly."
Corden told the actor to get on with presenting the award, and started to look at his watch. He then countered: "You could see my belly. I can see you dying right now." As the tension mounted, Sir Patrick retaliated: "Do you want one more? If you fancy one of the Jonas Brothers, cover your belly."
Corden had earlier joked about fancying heart-throb Nick Jonas, who presented an award to Florence and the Machine. After telling Sir Patrick to get on with it, the thespian presented the gong to Avatar star Zoe Saldana, who said: "I like your belly but I'd like to see Sir Patrick Stewart dying on stage any day."
Corden then said: "I feel bad for people who haven't seen my belly." To huge applause he then lifted his T-shirt and showed off his tummy. "OK can we get a taxi really quickly please. There's an old man going home," he said of Sir Patrick.
The spat shocked the audience with Nowhere Boy actor Aaron Johnson remarking: "I love your belly. That was intense. I didn't know where to look." Singer Duffy remarked on stage: "James is doing a wonderful job. Highly entertaining."
Corden said later: "I sound like my mum. I wasn't angry. I found it quite disappointing. You should ask him about it but I'm certain he's left." Corden had made several of the celebrities presenting awards and receiving gongs the butt of his jokes at the central London bash.