James Corden Says George Michael Inspired 'Carpool Karaoke'


This past Christmas Day was marked by a tragic event: The legendary singer/songwriter George Michael was found dead in his home, at the age of 53.

George Michael's legacy is everywhere — even in places you wouldn't expect, like James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke" segment.

It turns out, the Wham! singer had a huge influence on Corden, both personally and professionally.

In "The Late Late Show's" first episode back from holiday hiatus, Corden explained, in an emotional clip,  just how much of an impact George Michael had on him.

Corden said,

So, Corden explained, as a fan, it was hard to lose an icon who meant so much to him at such a young age.


But Corden went on to say the loss hit him particularly hard because, as some Corden fans may know, George Michael was, in a way, the very first guest on "Carpool Karaoke" and the reason the segment exists the way it does today.

Corden said that in 2011, he wanted to do a sketch with George Michael for the British charity Comic Relief, which hosts an annual television event called Red Nose Day.

Corden had a 3 am phone call with the singing legend, and they came up with the sketch: They would sing in a car together.


Years later, when Corden had his own show in the US, the sketch with George was used to get the "Carpool Karaoke" we all know and love today off the ground.

Corden said,

So even if you were never a big fan of George Michael's music, if you're a fan of "Carpool Karaoke," this legend affected your life.

RIP, George. Thanks for so much — including Adele rapping to Nicki.

Citations: James Corden Pays Tribute To George Michael With Original 'Carpool Karaoke' Clip (Esquire)