James Corden is bringing “The Late Late Show” to London for the next three days, and he recorded a special opening for the first London show to address the horrific terror attacks that took place in the British capital on Saturday.
“As I’m sure you know, a few days ago, on Saturday, this city was attacked,” explains Corden in the video, posted on Twitter in advance of Tuesday’s show.
“I’m so sad when I think about all the times since I took this job that I’ve had to open our show talking about such atrocities. Trying to find the right words to say, but it’s impossible because there are none,” he adds.
“But this time it felt incredibly close to home. All of our ‘Late Late Show’ staff were out in London on Saturday night, having a great time, and were all staying in a hotel about two minutes away from where the attack took place,” he continues.
“Now some people might say it’s a strange time to do a variety show from this city,” he says. “I couldn’t disagree more.”
Corden points out the Houses of Parliament in the background, “a building that represents democracy — something that the people who carried out this attack hate.”
During the next three days, Corden pledges “to bring you the silliest, stupidest, most fun-packed shows we’ve ever made, for you to celebrate London, and Britain and everything it has to offer. And you know what? The people who carried out that attack, they would hate that too.”
Corden declares: “I’m so proud to be broadcasting here from my hometown. I’m proud to be showing off its beauty, its diversity and its stoic British determination to let nothing or anybody stand in our way. This is not a country that feels afraid.”
He concludes by thanking viewers “for joining us in what we hope will be a memorable week here in London… it may be the worst weather in the world, but it’s still my favourite city.” Watch: