James Corden holds 'Late Late Show' in garage while on quarantine due to COVID-19 pandemic
MANILA, Philippines — After the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic canceled or caused the postponement of countless cultural events around the world, television personality James Corden proved that artists can come together for their fans without violating social distancing measures.
Through "Homefest: James Corden's Late Late Show Special," the actor remotely hosted some of the biggest names in the global entertainment scene, putting up quite the show right from his garage!
This used to be @JKCorden's garage. Now it's our #HomeFest studio which kicks off in just under an hour!— The Late Late Show with James Corden (@latelateshow) March 31, 2020
We've got @billieeilish with @FINNEAS, @bts_bighit @johnlegend @AndreaBocelli @DUALIPA #WillFerrell @davidblaine and @bensplatt with the @dearevanhansen cast!
10pm on @CBS! pic.twitter.com/WgcjLSA9i5
Celebrities who joined the television host included Andrea Bocelli, Ben Platt, Billie Eilish, BTS, David Blaine, Dua Lipa, Finneas, John Legend, Will Ferrell and the cast of "Dear Evan Hansen."
With the help of his special guests, Corden reminded viewers to follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) so that people can contain the COVID-19 threat and make the jobs of frontline healthcare workers easier.
He also encouraged the audience to donate money to The CDC Foundation and Feed the Children.
Tonight’s show is about bringing people together to keep them apart. I hope you enjoy it, the ending of the show is a performance by @BenSPLATT and the casts of @DearEvanHansen its so beautifully performed, and is the song I kept coming back to everyday.#HomeFest 10pm CBS x x x— James Corden (@JKCorden) March 31, 2020
“Since The Late Late Show came off the air, we have been thinking of different ways to try and make a show at this time,” executive producers Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe said in a release sent to Philstar.com.
“With the help of some wonderful guests, we are going to try to put on the best show we can, to entertain, raise awareness, raise money and hopefully lift spirits. Shooting from James’ garage may be far from perfect, but under the circumstances we hope it can help someone, somewhere, who needs some cheer right now.”
The special will be broadcast first in Asia at 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1 (April Fool's Day, but not kidding) on Blue Ant Entertainment.
Here’s a closer look at your favorite stars as seen in Homefest.