“We are here in the heart of London. As you know a few days ago, last Saturday night, this city was attacked,” Corden started his newly recalibrated opening monologue for his Late Late Show‘s first U.K. broadcast, airing Tuesday evening.
“I’m so sad when I think about all the times that I took this job that I had to open our show talking about such atrocities trying to find the right words to say is impossible because there are none,” he continued. “Just behind that building there is the houses of Parliament. A building that represents democracy. Something that the people who carried out this attack hate.”
The Late Late Show has been filming from London’s Westminster Central Hall this week for three-night broadcast from June 6 – 9.
“We’re going to bring you the silliest, stupidest, most fun-packed shows we’ve ever made for you to celebrate London, and Britain, and everything it has to offer,” Corden added. “And you know what? The people who carried out that attack, they would hate that too.”
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Concluding, “This is not a country that feels afraid. It may be the worst weather in the world, but it’s still my favorite city.”
David Beckham, Russell Brand, Tom Cruise, Kit Harington and Nicole Kidman are scheduled as guests this week. Harry Styles and Kings of Leon are among the musical acts, and the latest installment of Carpool Karaoke with Ed Sheeran, which was been shot in Los Angeles, is set to air on Tuesday.
The Late Late Show with James Corden airs weeknights (12:37 a.m. ET) on CBS.