James Corden and Adele brought to tears in final Carpool Karaoke | Ents & Arts News

James Corden and Adele were brought to tears as they reunited for a final session of “Carpool Karaoke”.

The long-running segment on the Late Late Show involves Corden “driving to work” with the help of various musical stars while singing songs from their various back catalogues.

The session with Adele was recorded ahead of Corden’s last episode as host of The Late Late Show, which will air on CBS in the US on Thursday.

Corden, a British comedian who began hosting the US talk show in 2015, hailed the “brilliant adventure” of his time stateside.

However, he reiterated that it was “time to go home” as he and Adele looked back on his tenure of the show.

During Corden’s time hosting The Late Late Show, Carpool Karaoke has featured titans of the music industry including Adele, Sir Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Billie Eilish and One Direction.

In her first appearance, filmed in London in 2016, Adele produced multiple viral moments including downing an entire cup of tea, and showing off her rap skills.

It became the most viral Carpool Karaoke clip of the show with 67.5 million views on YouTube – though it has now surpassed 260 million.

A clip of her new appearance shows Adele arriving at Corden’s house.

She then use cymbals to wake him up and declaring, in a twist, that she would be the one driving him to work – despite admitting her poor driving skills.

Reflecting on his time on the show, Corden said: “I’m excited and scared in equal measure. I don’t know it’s been a crazy eight years.”

“In one sense it feels like it’s gone like that and in the other I can’t really remember what life was like before being here.”

James Corden attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 2, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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The pair later got emotional while singing a rendition of Adele’s “I Drink Wine” – with the singer explaining that the lyrics to the song had partly been inspired by a conversation they had once had.

She said: “We were on vacation together with the kids, and we were on our way home. And my mood had changed and it was like the first year where I felt like I had to hold myself accountable for being an adult.

“The year before I left Simon (Konecki) and stuff like that, and you and (Corden’s wife) Jules and the kids were so integral in looking after me… you used to do it with humour too.”

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Adele revealed Corden had confided in her that he had not felt “strong” and they had had a six-hour conversation about the pressures of their personal and professional lives.

Corden said he had been “floored” after first hearing the song, which had been “everything I had been feeling that day”.

Playing the track, Adele told him “every time I listen to this I think of you”, as Corden sat becoming visibly emotional.

Following his exit from the show, the comedian has said he plans to return to the UK to spend more time with his family.

Corden announced his departure from The Late Late Show almost exactly a year ago. He took over as host after comedian Craig Ferguson left the show.

Airing every weekday night, the show is billed as “the ultimate late night after party”, and features a mix of celebrity guests, musical acts, games and sketches.