From starting out as a British sitcom joker to becoming a hosting sensation across the pond, he’s certainly become a household name.
But across his 15 years in the limelight, James Corden has also been embroiled in a slew of very public controversies.
The London native, 44, has been accused of stealing material numerous times by fellow comedians, including Ricky Gervais and Noel Fielding.
While he’s also had his fair share of run-ins with members of the public, including angry restaurant outbursts and snapping at journalists.
And as TV director Craig Duncan has added to the list this week by dubbing him ‘difficult and obnoxious’, MailOnline takes a look at James’ past controversies.
From restaurant rages to celebrity plagiarism accusations: All of James Corden’s previous controversies and dramas – as he’s hit with ‘obnoxious’ label from TV director
Drama: He’s had his fair share of run-ins with members of the public, including angry restaurant outbursts and snapping at journalists
June 2010: A VERY public row with Patrick Stewart
One of James’ first controversies was a public spat with Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart on the podium of the 2010 Glamour Awards, which the former was hosting.
Patrick, a guest presenter, had accused the Gavin & Stacey star of doing his hosting job badly, claiming that he was ‘looking around as if you would rather be anywhere in the world but here’.
James hit back with: ‘Oh! You couldn’t be more wrong, sir. You couldn’t be more wrong. Genuinely. And if it looked like that, I’m so sorry. But when you come up and present an award, just f***ing get on with it.’
Patrick then added: ‘From where I was, I could see your belly and that was from right at the back of the room.’
But James retorted: ‘I’m waiting for the punchline. Go on. No, seriously, go on. No, go on! You could see my belly, and we can all see you dying right now.’
1 V 1: One of James’ first controversies was a public spat with Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart on the podium of the 2010 Glamour Awards, which the former was hosting
August 2017: Liam Gallagher brands him a ‘kn**head’
In an interview with GQ magazine, Liam Gallagher appeared to hit out at James, branding him a ‘k**bhead’ before mistaking him for starring on Harry Enfield comedy Kevin and Perry.
The Oasis star was asked whether he would like to join James and appear on the now-famous Carpool Karaoke.
‘No, thank you very much,’ he responded when asked about joining James onscreen, before awkwardly adding: ‘No f**king chance mate,’ and mistaking him for starring on Kevin and Perry.
Admitting he hasn’t watched Gavin and Stacey, he added: ‘I don’t need to watch it to know I won’t like it, James Corden is a k**bhead.’
‘He’s a k**bhead’: In an interview with GQ magazine, Liam Gallagher appeared to hit out at James, branding him a ‘k**bhead’ before mistaking him for starring on Harry Enfield comedy Kevin and Perry
October 2017: Makes Harvey Weinstein jokes
Back in 2017, James was condemned on social media for jokes he made about shamed director Harvey Weinstein at the amfAR Gala, which he hosted.
After making a crude Weinstein joke surrounding his sexual harassment accusations, he said: ‘If you don’t like that joke, you should probably leave now.’
The audience of A-listers reacted to his jokes with a mixture of groans and applause, while he was condemned by the likes of Rose McGowan and Anthony Bourdain..
James later apologised for jokes he made that appeared to make light of victim’s of Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long harassment.
He wrote in two tweets: ‘To be clear, sexual assault is no laughing matter. I was not trying to make light of Harvey’s inexcusable behavior, but to shame him, the abuser, not his victims. I am truly sorry for anyone offended, that was never my intention.’
Insensitive: Back in 2017, James was condemned on social media for jokes he made about shamed director Harvey Weinstein at the amfAR Gala, which he hosted
Accused of stealing material (twice)
1. By Noel Fielding in 2017
Noel Fielding accused the star of using ‘my material’, tweeting an allegation from a fan that James had ‘totally stole’ his joke about distracting an armed robber by whispering.
On stage at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal in 2010, Noel sent the audience into hysterics when he suggested the best way to put off a thief in London is to whisper: ‘Oi mate’, because the ‘rules’ mean they will put down their blade and respond with a hushed tone: ‘What is it?’.
Seven years later, James was interviewing Matthew Broderick, who described being robbed.
The Late Late Show host said ‘the best way to get out of being mugged’ is to whisper: ‘You’re never going to believe what’s happened’.
Mimicking an attacker lowering a weapon, he said: ‘Because they go like this: ‘What?’, adding: ‘And it gives you time, you just bolt’.
A fan then took to Twitter to note the similarity between the two jokes, to which Noel replied: ‘Yes I believe this is my material x.’
Called out: Noel Fielding accused the star of using ‘my material’, tweeting an allegation from a fan that James had ‘totally stole’ his joke about distracting an armed robber by whispering
2. By Ricky Gervais in 2022
James apologised to fellow comedian Ricky Gervais after ‘inadvertently’ using his 2018 stand-up joke on his Late Late Show.
During his show, James said the joke: ‘If someone puts up a poster in a town square that says “guitar lessons available”, like you don’t get people in the town going, “I don’t want to play guitar! I want to play the piano you piece of s**t!”
‘Well that sign wasn’t for you. It was for somebody else! You don’t have to get mad about all of it.’
But James’ joke is a copy – practically word for word – of Ricky’s joke that he made back in 2018.
He said in a comedy sketch: ‘They choose to read my tweet, and then take that personally.
‘That’s like going into a town square, seeing a big notice board and there’s a notice – guitar lessons – and you go, ‘But I don’t want f***ing guitar lessons’.’
Ricky added: ‘Fine, it’s not for you then, just walk away. Don’t worry about it!’
The Afterlife star noticed how James’ sketch was copied from his own 2018 and tweeted about it.
When a fan asked the British comedian whether James had asked permission to use the joke, Ricky said: ‘No. I reckon one of the writers “came up with it” for him. I doubt he would knowingly just copy such a famous stand up routine word for word like that.’
Issuing an apology, James wrote on Twitter: ‘Inadvertently told a brilliant Ricky Gervais joke on the show last night, obviously not knowing it came from him.
‘It’s brilliant, because it’s a Ricky Gervais joke. You can watch all Ricky’s excellent specials on Netflix.’
Issuing a sorry: James apologised to fellow comedian Ricky Gervais after ‘inadvertently’ using his 2018 stand-up joke on his Late Late Show
Familiar: He made a joke which was a copy – practically word for word – of Ricky’s joke that he made back in 2018.
2017: Fails to name cameramen on his show
In October, a video resurfaced of James failing to name a single cameraman from his own show in 2017.
He had invited fellow comedian Jimmy Kimmel on to the show in 2017 for a segment called Spill Your Guts. It consisted of Jimmy asking James questions, for a change, and the host eating or drinking unappetizing dishes if he failed to answer.
‘Name two of the cameramen in this room,’ Jimmyasked in one portion.
‘That is a great question,’ giggled James, before replying that it was a ‘different crew tonight, actually’ and reaching for a fish smoothie.
Shoe on the other foot: In October, a video resurfaced of James failing to name a single cameraman from his own show in 2017 – after being quizzed by James Kimmel on his own show
December 2020: Slammed for ‘stereotyped’ portrayal of a gay man
James came under furious fire for his ‘horrifically bad’ portrayal of a gay Broadway star in 2020 Netflix movie The Prom.
His performance has been slammed as ‘gross and offensive’, with viewers blasting Netflix for failing to cast a gay actor in the role.
In the movie, which was directed by American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy – who is himself gay – James plays the role of Barry Glickman, struggling to maintain his Broadway career.
‘The main, and huge, drawback [to The Prom] is James Corden,’ Erik Anderson, founder of awards-focused website AwardsWatch, wrote on Twitter.
‘His performance is gross and offensive, the worst gayface in a long, long time. It’s horrifically bad.’
Film part: James came under furious fire for his ‘horrifically bad’ portrayal of a gay Broadway star in 2020 Netflix movie The Prom (pictured)
October 2022: Dubbed ‘most abusive customer ever’ by restaurant owner
James faced backlash for screaming at staff at the Balthazar restaurant in New York, because his wife received an egg yolk omelette with egg white in it.
He branded a ‘tiny cretin of a man’ and banned last year by Keith McNally, the owner of New York restaurant Balthazar, who claimed he is the ‘most abusive customer ever’.
Keith announced on Instagram that James was banned from the restaurant as punishment for rude and childish behaviour on two occasions.
On the first occasion, Corden was upset that a hair had been found in his food and demanded free drinks to make up for it, according to Keith.
The second occasion involved his wife Julia ordering an egg-yolk omelette and receiving a plate with egg white on it. The final straw was when the remade omelette was sent out with a side of home fries instead of salad.
James later apologised for his behaviour and Keith lifted his ban.
Angry customer: James faced backlash for screaming at staff at the Balthazar restaurant in New York, because his wife received an egg yolk omelette with egg white in it
October 2022: Snaps at a reporter for bringing up the restuarant incident
The talk-show host snapped at a New York Times reporter who asked him about his earlier omelet incident.
Breaking his silence, James told the journalist that speaking about the ordeal was ‘beneath your publication’.
The reporter, Dave Itskoff, appeared grateful that James hadn’t called off the interview, to which the comedian responded: ‘I haven’t done anything wrong, on any level. So why would I ever cancel this? I was there. I get it.
‘I feel so Zen about the whole thing. Because I think it’s so silly. I just think it’s beneath all of us. It’s beneath you. It’s certainly beneath your publication.’
April 2023: Branded the ‘most difficult and obnoxious presenter’ by TV director
TV director Craig Duncan slammed James the ‘most difficult and obnoxious presenter’ he has ever worked with, claiming the English comic berated and cursed at staff for a popular British game show.
Craig directed James during an episode of A League of Their Own – a program that featured the The Late Late Show host as a presenter from until 2019.
Taking to YouTube to recall his experience with the actor, Craig – a seasoned director with more than 60 credits to his name – described in detail how James insulted his lens-work and even called him ‘stupid’.
‘What the f**k is going on here?’ James allegedly asked the director and other staffers during filming for the show in 2013. ‘You put a camera there, you put a camera there. It’s so obvious how you shoot it. You’re stupid.’
‘Difficult and obnoxious’: This week, the actor, 44, has come under fire from Craig Duncan, who worked with James on an episode of A League Of Their Own and has criticized his behavior
Fuming: In a video shared to his YouTube channel, Craig (pictured) said: ‘The most difficult and obnoxious presenter I’ve ever worked with is James Corden’