LOS ANGELES— Audiences are thrilled with CBS’s recent decision to replace Late Late Show host James Corden with a self-driving car in its recurring “Carpool Karaoke” segment following his announced departure from the program.
“The change has been great,” said a fan of many of the musicians featured in the segment. “I always liked the idea of Carpool Karaoke, but I could never forget the presence of James Corden. If it’s just the musician in a self-driving car, I can just let the videos run without fear of accidentally seeing James Corden’s face on my screen I can finally live in peace.
John Berman, head of programming at CBS, echoed the sentiments of the audience, albeit for slightly different reasons.
“James was very profitable for us, but he was also very expensive,” Berman said. “Not only does replacing James with a self-driving car save millions of dollars, but it also attracts all the viewers who were avoiding us just because of him. And it will be an improvement for our musical guests as well. As someone who has been in a car with James a number of times, nobody should have to go through that. It’s a win for everyone.”
The decision unfortunately did nothing to curb Corden’s in-person sightings, which have tripled since his withdrawal from Carpool Karaoke. City officials say they are currently working on a plan to fix it.