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James Corden Addressed America’s Divide in the Final Episode of ‘The Late Late Show’

James Corden Addressed America’s Divide in the Final Episode of ‘The Late Late Show’

James Corden bid farewell to his fans in the final episode of The Late Late Show on Thursday, but he didn’t just talk about his show. He also addressed the deep divide in America, reminding his audience that despite our differences, we should strive to come together and find common ground.

“We started this show with Obama, then Trump and a global pandemic,” Corden said. “I’ve watched America change a lot. I’ve watched divisions grow and I’ve felt a sense of negativity boil over. I implore you to remember what America signifies to the rest of the world. My entire life it has always been a place of optimism. … Yes, it has flaws but show me a place that doesn’t. Show me a person that doesn’t.

“Just because somebody disagrees with you, it doesn’t make them bad or evil. We are all more the same than we are different. There are so many people who are trying to stoke those differences and we have to try as best we can to look for the light, look for the joy. If you do, it’s out there. That’s all this show has ever been about,” he said.

Corden announced last year his show would come to an end after eight seasons, explaining to viewers he wanted to move closer to home to be with family and friends in England. Over the years, The Late Late Show became known for it’s outrageous segments with celebrities, including “Carpool Karaoke” which spun off into it’s own show on Apple TV+.

Corden’s final episode was filled with more memorable moments, including a primetime special featuring taped segments with Tom Cruise and Adele. Harry Styles and Will Ferrell were his final guests, and there were goodbyes from other late-night hosts including Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and David Letterman.

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