Just days after an attack on London Bridge killed seven people and wounded 48 others, James Corden went ahead with a planned “Late Late Show” from London.

“As I’m sure you know, a few days ago, last Saturday night, this city was attacked,” Corden said on the show Tuesday, about a mile away from the bridge.

“I’m so sad and I think about all the times since I took this job that I’ve had to open the show talking about such atrocities. Trying to find the right words to say is impossible because there are none. But this time, it felt incredibly close to home.”

The night of the attack, Corden said, the “Late Late Show” staff was out in town. Their hotel was two minutes away from the bridge.


James Corden, shown here with Reggie Watts, said he wanted to do the “Late Late Show” from London to show England’s strength.

(Craig Sugden/CBS)

“Some people might say it’s a strange time to do a variety show from the city. I couldn’t disagree more,” he said.

“We’re going 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,” he said. “And you know what? The people who carried out that attack would hate that too.

“I’m so proud to be broadcasting here from my hometown. I’m proud to show 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.”

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