Entertainment George Michael was the inspiration for James Corden's Carpool Karaoke.

01:13  13 september  2017
01:13  13 september  2017 Source:   Mamamia

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It’s safe to expect some sort of George Michael tribute when James Corden hosts the Grammys next month. The late pop icon and the Late Late Show star teamed up in 2011 for a Comedy Relief charity video that paved the way for Corden ’ s über-popular Carpool Karaoke franchise, and the

If it wasn’t for George Michael , James Corden ‘ s popular Carpool Karaoke sketch may have never existed. Corden went on to discuss his desire to do a sketch with Michael for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day, a fundraising event that draws massive celebrities.

There has been a flood of heartfelt social media tributes to music legend George Michael, who passed away in his home this morning, aged 53.

Among them was one from comedian James Corden, describing the Wham! singer as an “absolute inspiration” who was Always ahead of his time.

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If you’re a fan of James Corden ’ s Carpool Karaoke , you might have George Michael to thank. “I’ve loved George Michael for as long as I can remember,” Corden wrote. “He was an absolute inspiration .

GEORGE Michael belting out WHAM hit I'm Your Man with actor James Corden proved the driving force behind the success of the funnyman' s Carpool Karaoke . I've loved George Michael for as long as I can remember. He was an absolute inspiration .

In fact, it was Michael who inspired The Late Late Show host’s hilarious segment Carpool Karaoke, in which he drives celebrities around as they sing along to his car radio.

Earlier this year, Corden explained to Stephen Colbert how the pair had come up with the idea as a sketch for Comic Relief back in 2012.

“My original idea was to pick George Michael up from prison in a car,” Corden said in the interview on The Late Show.

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As The Late Late Show returned from vacation Tuesday night, James Corden took a moment to honor George Michael . That sketch would turn out to be a monumental moment for Corden ’ s career: it inspired “ Carpool Karaoke .”

This past Christmas Day was marked by a tragic event: The legendary singer/songwriter George Michael was found dead in his home, at the age of 53. George Michael 's legacy is everywhere — even in places you wouldn't expect, like James Corden ' s “ Carpool Karaoke ” segment.

George Michael © Matt Sayles/AP George Michael “And then we realised maybe we’ll lose the prison aspect. But what if there’s still some fun for me and George to be in the car and we’ll sing some Wham! songs?

“There was something just very joyful about it.”

Their bit was a total hit, obviously, and four years later when Corden landed his own show he decided to recycle the idea as a regular segment.

While the cause of Michael’s death has yet to be confirmed, it is not being treated as suspicious.

“It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period,” his publicist said in a statement.


James Corden jokes about that controversial photo of him kissing Sean Spicer at the Emmys .
"I'm really starting to regret that Carpool Karaoke that we've taped with Steve Bannon," Corden said.The photo sparked backlash the day after the ceremony, as lots of viewers were already angered that Spicer was invited to the Emmys for a surprise cameo, saying it “normalized” the official who uttered many falsehoods during his tenure at the White House. Headlines were everywhere: “James Corden slammed for taking a photo with Sean Spicer at the Emmy Awards”; “People are seriously pissed at James Corden for kissing Sean Spicer at the Emmys”; “James Corden gets heat over Sean Spicer Emmys picture.

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