James Corden denied intentionally stealing a joke by Ricky Gervais in 2018.
Corden, 44, “unintentionally told a great joke to Ricky Jervis on the show last night, he obviously didn’t know it came from him” chirp Tuesday. “It’s cool, because it’s a Ricky Gervais joke. You can watch all of the excellent Ricky specials on Netflix.”
During Monday’s episode of “The Late Late Show,” Corden was discussing how new Twitter owner Elon Musk compared the platform to a “town square,” and joked, “But it’s not, because if someone puts up a poster in a city square that says, Guitar lessons available”, don’t get people in town [who] Go, ‘I don’t want to play guitar! I want to play the piano! “
And he added, “Well, then this sign wasn’t yours. It was for someone else! You don’t have to be mad about all this.”
After the show, netizens were quick to point out that his comment was almost identical to a joke Gervais threw on his 2018 Netflix special, “Ricky Gervais: Humanity.”
“It’s like going to a town square,” Jervis said on the special, according to CNN. “A notice for guitar lessons and you go, ‘But I don’t want guitar lessons.'” “
When Twitter exploded with accusations that Corden stole Gervais’ comedy part, the “Office” star, 61, shared that he didn’t think Corden stole the joke on purpose.
No. I think one of the writers ‘brought it in’ for him, Gervais chirp On Tuesday, adding, “I doubt he would intentionally imitate such a famous standing chore with a word like this.”
Corden later confirmed that he had inadvertently conveyed the Jervis joke.
The “Carpool Karaoke” host has been the subject of debate in recent weeks after he was accused of rude behavior and banned from a trendy New York City restaurant.
Last month, restaurateur Keith McNally claimed Corden was “the most abusive customer to Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago.” He added that Corden was “a little guy’s cretin”.
Corden quickly called McNally to apologize and the ban was lifted but found himself in a bind when he told the New York Times he had done nothing wrong.
McNally criticized Corden, calling him a liar for denying that he exhibited abusive behavior towards his employees.
“I wish James Corden was up to his initials and glorified. If a very talented actor wants to regain the respect he had from all his fans (all four of them) prior to this incident, he should at least admit his mistake,” McNally said.
Corden finally changed his tune and admitted that he was “disrespectful” towards his servant and apologized for his actions.
“I made a rude comment,” Corden said, adding, “and that was a mistake. It was an unnecessary comment. It was inappropriate for a servant.”
Some restaurateurs have since come forward saying Corden was nothing but a delight in their own establishments.
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