CBS late-night host James Corden has addressed the fact that he copied a joke originally made by Ricky Gervais on the Late Late Show, saying he made the joke “obviously not knowing” it came from Gervais.
During the late night show on Monday, Corden made a joke about Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter and his fondness for labelling the medium as a “town square”.
Corden said “When you see Elon Musk talk about Twitter he does this thing where he goes ‘Well, it’s the town square’. But it isn’t. Because if someone puts up a poster in a town square that says ‘guitar lessons available’, you don’t get people in the town going, ‘I don’t want to play the guitar! I want to play the piano”,
“Well, that sign wasn’t for you, it was for someone else. You don’t have to get mad about all of it”, he said. Someone noted that the joke was almost word for word as the one made by Gervais during his 2018 Netflix special and tweeted it on Twitter.
Gervais himself, in a long deleted post said “The bit about the town square advert for guitar lessons is brilliant”, along with a clip of Corden. He said he deleted the post because he “started to feel sorry” for Corden.
Responding to the accusations, Corden wrote “Inadvertently told a brilliant Ricky Gervais joke on the show last night, obviously not knowing it came from him. It is brilliant, because it’s a Ricky Gervais joke”. “You can watch all Ricky’s excellent specials on Netflix”, he tweeted.
Gervais defended Corden when asked if the TV star asked permission to use the joke. He tweeted “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”. @j_corden @rickygervais
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