Adele's iconic "Carpool Karaoke" segment on "The Late Late Show with James Corden" remains the most-watched clip in the show's history, with over 260 million views. When Adele shared her idea to surprise Corden for his finale, the team immediately agreed. Adele wanted to surprise Corden by picking him up from his house and driving him to work for one final "Carpool Karaoke" session. Corden admitted that he was shocked when he found out about the surprise, as he believed that his last carpool was with Diddy. He had been trying to get Diddy on the show for a while, but then the unexpected surprise with Adele happened.
The surprise was captured in an hour-long special, titled " The Last Last Late Late Show with James Corden Carpool Karaoke Special," which aired on Thursday. The show also featured a sketch with Tom Cruise related to "The Lion King" at the Pantages Theatre. Executive producer Rob Crabbe expressed his excitement about the special, noting that the friendship between Adele and Corden, who both moved to Los Angeles around the same time, was on full display.
The final episode also included guests Will Ferrell and Harry Styles. Rumors of a One Direction reunion were quickly put to rest by executive producer Ben Winston, who emphasized that they had many amazing things planned for the finale and didn't want to disappoint the audience.
The team behind "The Late Late Show" had been contemplating how to handle the final episodes of their signature segments for months. They wanted to ensure that the show remained joyful and satisfying for viewers. Host James Corden expressed his contentment with the decision to end the show, as he and his wife believed it was the right time for their family. They didn't want to uproot their children when they were starting to forge their own lives and considering the difficulties caused by the pandemic, it seemed like the right time to stop.
Reflecting on the show's impressive eight-year run, the team admitted feeling nostalgic and bittersweet. The executive producer described it as a life-changing experience, and 80% of the staff that started on the show remained until the very end. However, despite the end of "The Late Late Show," Corden remained open to future opportunities. He mentioned the possibility of a holiday variety special, but acknowledged that his priority right now is to be present with his family during this transition.
The final episode certainly delivered memorable moments for the audience to cherish. Corden mentioned that his dream of doing a "Carpool Karaoke" with Paul Simon was never realized. He also shared his wild interview experiences, recalling the time when he and Helen Hunt did shots on set, not realizing that the liquor was real. Overall, Corden expressed gratitude for the incredible memories and experiences he gained from hosting the show. As he prepared for his last day, Corden acknowledged that it would be an emotional one and hoped to hold himself together without becoming a meme.