James Corden denies intentionally stealing Ricky Gervais’ joke

James Corden denies intentionally stealing Ricky Gervais’ joke

Discuss present host James Corden is setting the document straight after being accused of stealing a joke from comic Ricky Gervais.

“The Late Late Present” host, 44, raised eyebrows after repeating an almost-identical model of the comic’s quip throughout his present on Monday.

Talking in entrance of a dwell viewers, the scandal-scarred actor stated, “If you see Elon Musk speak about Twitter, he does this factor the place he goes, ‘Effectively, it’s the city sq..’

“Nevertheless it isn’t, ‘trigger if somebody places up a poster in a city sq. that claims, ‘Guitar classes obtainable,’ you don’t get individuals within the city going, ‘I don’t wanna play the guitar! I wanna play the piano, you piece of s–t!”

“It’s like, ‘That signal wasn’t for you – it was for any individual else. You don’t need to get mad about all of it,’” he added.

The joke was very comparable — if not equivalent — to at least one Gervais made in his 2018 Netflix stand-up particular “Ricky Gervais: Humanity.”

After being met with criticism, Corden insisted he didn’t know the place the joke got here from.

“Inadvertently informed a superb Ricky Gervais joke on the present final evening, clearly not understanding it got here from him,” he tweeted from his present’s official account.

“It’s sensible, as a result of it’s a Ricky Gervais joke. You possibly can watch all Ricky’s wonderful specials on Netflix. J x”

Inadvertently informed a superb Ricky Gervais joke on the present final evening, clearly not understanding it got here from him. It’s sensible, as a result of it’s a Ricky Gervais joke. You possibly can watch all Ricky’s wonderful specials on Netflix. J x

— The Late Late Present with James Corden (@latelateshow) November 1, 2022

Corden was compelled to talk up after Gervais poked enjoyable at Corden for repeating the joke, writing in a now-deleted publish, “The bit concerning the city sq. advert for guitar classes is sensible.”

When requested if he thought the “Cats” actor stole the quip on function, Gervais responded, “I doubt he would knowingly simply copy such a well-known stand-up routine phrase for phrase like that.”

Gervais stated he deleted his preliminary tweet mocking Corden as a result of he “began to really feel sorry for him.”WireImage

And when requested why he deleted his preliminary tweet poking enjoyable at Corden, Gervais admitted it was as a result of he “began to really feel sorry for him.”

The controversy comes scorching on the heels of the Balthazar debacle, which noticed the well-known NYC restaurant’s proprietor Keith McNally name the comic “probably the most abusive buyer” within the restaurant’s 25-year historical past.

After accusing the Brit of boorish conduct, McNally banned him from the Manhattan eatery. However simply hours later, Corden referred to as him to “apologize profusely” and the ban was lifted.

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