James Corden had planned to open his first “Late Late Show” in London with a musical number but that idea was scrapped after Saturday’s terror attacks.
Instead, Corden delivered a defiant monologue outside Westminster’s Central Hall, a vast church where the show is being recorded, about a mile from where the attacks took place near London Bridge:
I’m so proud to be broadcasting here from my hometown, proud to show off its beauty, its diversity and its stoic British determination to let nothing or anybody stand in our way. This is not a country that feels afraid.
Some people might say it’s a strange time to do a variety show from this city. I couldn’t disagree more. We want the stupidest, most fun-packed shows we’ve ever made for you to celebrate London and Britain and everything it has to offer, and you know what: The people who carried out that attack would hate that.
During the show, Cordon also echoed fellow Brit talk show host John Oliver in attacking The New York Times, which has said Londoners were “reeling” from the attack, calling on the audience to cheer loudly to show they were “not in a place to be afraid.”
Nicole Kidman, a guest on Monday’s show, voiced her support to the U.K., saying she “wanted to be here to support England and London right now.”