The world was thrown into turmoil this week after a fan of James Corden's Carpool Karaoke has revealed some surprising info about the show – he doesn’t drive.
However, now The Late Late Show host has come clean about the scandal and explained that while most of the time he is driving, the segment does require the use of towing in some situations, especially when safety is involved.
"I’m sure many of you have heard. I’ve recently been the victim of a media scandal, and there’s been some very very serious allegations made against me," James said, explaining that "these accusations are not true. I am, of course, talking about the people saying that I don’t drive the car during Carpool Karaoke."
"I know this looks bad," he continued. "But I just want to say right now that I always drive the car unless we’re doing something that we think might not be safe, like a dance routine or a costume change … or if I’m drunk. In the case of Justin Bieber, it was a safety issue where we thought it was best to tow the car. Frankly, I just kept getting lost in his eyes."
"I am nothing if not a man of integrity. I swear to you, 95 per cent of the time, I really am endangering the lives of the world’s biggest pop stars."
He also joked: "I’m just shocked I’ve done something that upset people more than Cats."
The scandal came about late last week after Corden was captured filming a new episode of the show with Justin Bieber. A fan spotted the TV host and Justin Bieber in Los Angeles and filmed what he saw.
Justin Bieber shared Corden’s video on Twitter, lightheartedly writing along with it: "Wait... you weren’t driving the car? How could you James? I’m shocked."
The original fan-captured video shows, the Range Rover is on wheels and is being towed by a truck – and Corden is shown not actually driving the vehicle.
"Saw James Corden and Justin Bieber filming carpool karaoke and this is why I have trust issues – he isn't even driving!" The shocked fan says.
The popular show features celebrities helping James Corden 'get to work' by carpooling with them and singing the guest's tunes with the celebrities in the car.
Fans of the segment took to Twitter to express their shock at the revelation.
"The fact that James Corden doesn't actually drive during carpool karaoke must be the biggest lie since we found out that Zac Efron didn't sing when he played Troy Bolton [in High School Musical]."
"My whole life is a lie!" Tweeted another.
"All along I used to respect James Corden for being able to concentrate on driving and singing at the same time: but now I feel betrayed," another fan claimed.
Some agreed the fact that Corden doesn't drive in the segment is important for safety.
"That was good for them, safety first!"
However, fans came to his defence noting there are instances where the host does drive the celebrities on his show around.
"When I saw One Direction filming Carpool Karaoke James was actually driving," claimed a Twitter user.
Another said: "When I saw him filming in 2017 with Katy Perry he was driving!"
The series has won three Emmy awards for Outstanding Short Form Variety series, and an additional Emmy for Best Variety Special for his special episode with Sir Paul McCartney.
Popular guests on the segment include Lady Gaga, Adele, Bruno Mars, and Harry Styles.
- Additional reporting by NZ Herald.