James Corden’s Dad Thought His New Late-Night Gig Was ‘A Terrible Idea’ (Video)

“Late Late Show” host-to-be tells David Letterman that his father “couldn’t even comprehend” the idea of people watching TV at that hour

Last Updated: November 21, 2014 @ 11:29 AM

James Corden might have received CBS’s blessing to take Craig Ferguson‘s place on “The Late Late Show.” But his father’s blessing? That’s another story.

British performer Corden — who takes the reins of “The Late Late Show” on March 9, drops in on “The Late Show With David Letterman” on Friday to discuss his new hosting gig — and his father’s reaction to the news.

To hear Corden tell the story, his dad didn’t exactly give him a resounding thumbs-up.

“[He] was asking about the show, and I was telling him about it, and I was saying that it’s after your show, which he couldn’t believe, and then he said, ‘Well, what time is it on?'” Corden tells Letterman. “And I told him it was on at 12:30, and his whole face just dropped … He couldn’t even comprehend that anyone would even be watching television at 12:30, let alone making television that would be on.”

Eventually, Corden Sr. admitted his feelings of the timeslot to his son.

“He was like, ‘James, this sounds [like] a terrible idea!'” Corden told Letterman.

Watch the video.

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