We all know that he likes to dish out the japes on the Late Late Show, but it seems that the joke was well and truly on James Corden on Wednesday night.
Despite everyone being on their guard on April Fools Day, the Brit fell hook, line and sinker for Katie Couric’s epic stair tumble prank as she appeared as a guest on his show.
Should have had your head in the game, Corden!
Admitting that the whole situation was his ‘worst nightmare’, James told the US anchor that he actually thought that she’d ‘died’ during the joke.
It all started off innocently enough, with James introducing Katie by saying: “And finally, she’s a journalist, she’s a best-selling author, the Yahoo! global news anchor. Go wild for Katie Couric.”
The 58-year-old then appeared from behind a curtain, seemingly fiddling with her shoe, before taking a VERY nasty-looking tumble down a whole flight of stairs.
Clearly horrified, James rushed over to help her, saying: “Are you okay… is someone around?”
He then turned around to see the REAL Katie standing at the top of the stairs, shouting: “Up here James! April Fool’s.”
What a joker, eh?
When they were safely back in their seats, James said: “I can’t breathe. That’s like our worst nightmare. That is so funny. That is an amazing prank…
“We’ve been talking about those stairs. We’ve been going back and forth. I was like, ‘Oh my God. Katie Couric just died.”
Despite having a very successful first couple of weeks in the new role, James has admitted to being a bag of nerves before every show.
He recently said: “All you can see is the spotlight from the back of the room on the curtain, just this circle, and you just go, ‘Ah, this is going to open in a minute … and I’m going to have to walk out there and look remotely like I know anything about anything.’”
“And then it’s just a quest to not throw up on your own clothes. That’s the truth.”
If he can stomach the near-death of Katie Couric, we think James can stomach pretty much anything.
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