James Corden has addressed recent controversy surrounding his "Carpool Karaoke" segment.
"The Late Late Show" host took the subject head-on on Wednesday, telling his audience that he is facing “very, very serious allegations” about a video shared by a fan on Twitter last week. The clip showed the "Carpool" Range Rover elevated on another set of wheels and being pulled by a truck during the filming of the Justin Bieber segment.
"I know this looks bad," Corden said during the address at the beginning of last night's episode.
“But I just want to say, right now, that I always drive the car unless we’re doing something where we think it might not be safe, like a dance routine or a costume change or if I’m drunk,” he continued.
Last week's tweet of the behind-the-scenes clip has received over 13 million views since it was posted.
"Saw James Corden and Justin Bieber filming carpool karaoke and this is why I have trust issues — he isn't even driving!" the caption read.
After showing the video on his show, Corden was shocked by the amount of views the video got.
"I'm just shocked I've done something that upset people more than 'Cats,'" Corden joked.
Corden insisted that he usually does drive for "Carpool Karaoke."
“Ninety-five percent of the time I really am endangering the lives of the world’s biggest pop stars, but this is a TV show, not everything is real,” he joked.
“Our show doesn’t tape after midnight," the host said. "We tape at 5 p.m. and pretend that it’s late. Reggie Watts [The Late Late Show‘s band leader] isn’t actually here, he’s 100 percent CGI. And I hate to be the bearer of even more bad news, but while we’re getting things out in the open, I don’t actually need them to help me get to work, right?"
Corden went on: "Often, I’m at work already. We’ve also never once in the history of doing that bit ever used the carpool lane. There’s not even carpool lane on my way to work. And I just thought that we all knew this and I’m sorry that you were so deep into the reality of Carpool Karaoke, but it’s TV and sometimes we do stuff just for the sake of entertainment."
Corden said episodes that he wasn't driving included Meghan Trainor, Cardi B, Migos, Justin Bieber and Chance the Rapper.
He has “driven” some of the biggest stars in the world including Sir Paul McCartney, Adele, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and even former first lady Michelle Obama.
His pre-recorded segment has been so successful, it’s picked up several Emmy Awards.