A stunt double fell down some stairs at the The Late Late Show, as the host watched in horror

By Tim Nudd
April 01, 2015 09:40 PM

Gotcha, James Corden!

Katie Couric pulled off a somewhat mean but mostly hilarious April Fools’ Day prank on the set of Corden’s The Late Late Show on Wednesday – getting a stunt double whom Corden thought was Couric to tumble down a set of stairs during her entrance.

The stuntwoman wasn’t hurt, but Corden – fresh off his own gag video with David Beckham – very nearly was. He raced over to help, and was left gasping when he realized it was a joke.

“I can’t breathe. That’s like our worst nightmare,” he sputtered. “That is so funny. That is an amazing prank. We’ve been talking about those stairs. We’ve been going back and forth. I was like, ‘Oh, my God. Katie Couric just died.’ ”

Couric, though, was grinning ear to ear. “April Fools!” the Yahoo global news anchor said with a laugh.