After his efforts hosting this year’s Grammy Awards were about as well received as a fart in a hot tub, Americans took to Twitter to voice their opinions on the lacklustre efforts of one James Corden, who has now taken up the mantle from Piers Morgan as the English celebrity in the US of A who Americans want to “go back to England”.
Now, however, with his feet seemingly firm under the table of American late night TV with his gig hosting the Late Late Show, they could be getting their wish far sooner than they could ever dare to hope, or dream.
Recently, the former Gavin and Stacy star has revealed that he is ready to leave his dream life in the Californian sunshine behind and return to…England.
Despite resting the show on the shoulders of one good gimmick (Carpool Karaoke) and borrowing Graham Norton’s idea of having multiple guests on at the same time during the show (a fresh concept in America), the Late Late Show has become one of the biggest late night talk shows on the American airwaves under the guidance of the Englishman, who replaced old host Craig Ferguson.
And with the success of the show, came riches previously unmanaged for Corden, with commercial success, more A list contacts than a Hollywood Hills shrink, and a mansion in Malibu to call his home, it seems as though Corden is prepared to give all of that up as he has become increasingly homesick for the UK.
Reportedly, he is worried that his parents will not get to see his and wife Julia’s three children enough.
So joy upon glee upon happiness upon wonder, it seems as though James may just be hopping the pond once again and settling back in good old Blighty.
“I’m almost certain we won’t live here for ever,” the former Gavin and Stacey star and writer told the Daily Mail’s Event magazine. “Right now is the only time since we moved here when I’ve experienced homesickness.
“For a while it was lovely. For a time, it’s great. With young kids it feels like a really great place to live. But then? I don’t know.”
And he added: “I’m unbelievably conscious that this is all great, amazing.
“But at some point, the phone is going to ring and we’re going to feel a million miles away from people who might need us.
“That’s what weighs on my mind. The money is lovely, but time with people – that’s the only thing that matters.”
It appears as though the timing is working out pretty well, as his act is appearing to finally start to grate on the American audiences as well, with some of whom probably giving him a free pass just because he’s English and his accent is adorable.
He famously and completely misinterpreted the mood of the nation when he dropped that clanger of a joke about Harvey Weinstein back in October – proving that good comedy is not just about being edgy, you actually have to know what you’re doing – while hosting a charity event in Los Angeles, for which Rose McGowan declared him a “motherfucking piglet”.
And then there was the kiss with Sean Spicer, after which he was accused that he “normalised fascism” by getting all buddy buddy with the former press secretary of Donald Trump at the Emmy Awards last September.
So all in all, not a great end to last year, and not a great start to this one.
Things didn’t get better in 2018 when during a fairly average outing at the Grammy Awards, he was roasted for giving away live puppies as “consolation prizes” for celebrities who did not win awards.
Needless to say, Twitter was white hot with emotions ranging from angry to furious.
One person writing on the social media site said: “#GRAMMYs puppies How could they give puppies away as prizes it’s disgusting .shame on you”
Another wrote: “@GMB @PeterEgan6 horrified to see #grammys giving puppies as consolation prizes!! They aren’t prizes. How is that any different to giving a puppy for Xmas? U doing all the education done over recent years”
Another said: “I get that it’s a gag, but I don’t like the idea of giving out puppies during the #Grammys. Puppies are living beings, not inanimate trophies. #consolationpuppy”
Another asked: “Handing out puppies at the #Grammys am I the only one that thinks that was shocking and cruel?”
While another said: “Why were the #GRAMMYs giving out puppies? I’d like to know where they ended up after the show?! A dog is not a gift, it is a life that you’ve have to treasure forever”
“#GRAMMYs I am disgusted that those puppies were used as some sort of prop/stunt – it’s a totally inappropriate way to treat animals” blasted another.
While another said: “Runners Up at The Grammys given “puppies to cuddle”. Hollywood just keeps on giving. You couldn’t make it up …”
And another: “I can’t believe they handed out puppies at the Grammys…………”
It goes on for a while…
But for those of you who may think that those are “just” people on Twitter, and that they will complain about anything if it means their tweet gets put in an article like this, the critics weren’t exactly much nicer about the whole show generally.
One review read: “Corden was an affable host whose energy never flagged, [but] it wasn’t his best outing at an awards show. His jokes and introductions were acceptable, but not much more than that.”
The Los Angeles Times added: “An onstage attempt to riff with Jay-Z about showing him around New York didn’t get much laughter. A presentation of consolation-prize puppies to the comedy album nominees after Dave Chappelle’s Grammy win felt too hasty to build any momentum.”
But for any of you Americans who might be reading this and want him gone, don’t get too excited, because it may not be happening yet.
Corden still has two years left on his contract with The Late Late Show and remains in demand in Hollywood off the back of his job hosting.
Among other projects, he has recently voiced Peter Rabbit in the upcoming Beatrix Potter blockbuster.
Of that role, he said his son is “bursting with excitement. He asks about it far more than anything else I’ve done in my life. It’s the only time he’s ever shown any interest in what I do.”