James Corden has come under fire again this week after he appeared to copy one of Ricky Gervais' most well-known jokes about 'Guitar Lessons' in the most recent airing of The Late Late Show.
Fans have called out James Corden online after he essentially quoted Gervais' joke, word-for-word, last night on TV while talking about Elon Musk's acquisition of Twitter.
James Corden copies Ricky Gervais' joke
Fans have compiled videos that show the similarities between Corden and Gervais' joke, with the TV Show host quoting the joke directly. It is astonishing how James Corden and his team thought they could get away with this. Surely a comedian - of all people - would have heard of this iconic joke.
There is absolutely no attempt from Corden and his team to alter the joke, as he delivers the gag line-for-line.
In which James Corden basically does a Ricky Gervais joke word for word pic.twitter.com/8MfkrBo8Y0
— Rupert Myers (@RupertMyers) November 1, 2022
His programme have deleted a tweet sharing the video.
— World's SPOOKIEST bongo player™ (@glimbrick) November 1, 2022
Gervais defends James Corden
To be fair to James Corden, it is unlikely that he has knowingly ripped off another comedian and stolen their joke, especially not someone as high profile as Ricky Gervais. Similarly, it is unlikely Corden writes all of his jokes himself, meaning that someone in his writing team has blatantly copied Gervais' joke and fed Corden to the lions. For nobody else in the writing room or Corden himself to realise the joke is stolen seems truly bizarre.
Ricky Gervais has come out to publicly defend Corden who is on the receiving end of some relentless abuse online. Gervais poked fun at the situation. In a since deleted tweet, he made light of the stolen joke, saying,
'The bit about the Town Square advert for guitar lessons is brilliant'
Since then, he has defended fellow comedian Corden and believes that this was not an intentional steal by the TV Show host. Rather, he tweeted
'I doubt he would knowingly just copy such a famous stand-up routine word for word like that'
Gervais said he deleted his own tweet about Cordenbecause 'started to feel sorry for him'.
James Corden in the headlines again
For the second time in as many weeks, James Corden has made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Last month he was publicly called-out for his rude treatment of staff and management at the Balthazar restaurant in New York and barred from the restaurant in an Instagram post made by Keith McNally who recalled Corden's frequent appalling behaviour towards staff and management
Tonight's episode of the Late, Late Show will be interesting.