It looks like James Corden will not let us live till we read his name at least once in the news, everyday. This time around, the talk show host has been accused of “stealing” a joke. During his monologue on Monday’s episode of The Late Late Show, Corden plagiarised a joke from Ricky Gervais’ 2015 Netflix special Humanity.
During the segment, Corden was addressing our lord and saviour, Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter. “When you see Elon Musk talk about Twitter, he does this thing where he goes, ‘Well, it’s the town square,’” said Corden. “But it isn’t, ’cause if someone puts up a poster in a town square that says, ‘Guitar lessons available,’ you don’t get people in the town going, ‘I don’t wanna play the guitar! I wanna play the piano, you piece of s***!’”
In a now-deleted tweet, Gervais shared the clip and said, “The bit about the town square advert for guitar lessons is brilliant.” Fans of The Office creator were quick to put the pieces together and realise he was referencing his own special. Needless to say, Corden faced heavy backlash for performing Gervais’ joke “word for word.”
However, Gervais wasted no time in pointing out that the bit was probably written by Corden’s team and the comedian had no role to play in the matter. Gervais responded to a user by saying, “I doubt he would knowingly just copy such a famous stand-up routine word for word like that.”
Corden has addressed the plagiarism accusations levelled against him on The Late Late Show’s official Twitter page. “Inadvertently told a brilliant Ricky Gervais joke on the show last night, obviously not knowing it came from him. It’s brilliant, because it’s a Ricky Gervais joke. You can watch all Ricky’s excellent specials on Netflix. J x,” he said.
Corden was in the news just a couple of weeks ago, after he was banned from a New York City brasserie for his alleged rude behaviour towards the staff. However, the ban lasted less than 24 hours after the owner of the restaurant said Corden reached out to him and “apologised profusely”.