James Corden says he ‘inadvertently’ told Ricky Gervais’ ‘brilliant’ Twitter joke to the wrong girl (video)
In the wake of his appearance on Ricky Gervais’ chat show, James Corden’s career has gone up in smoke.
At just 24 years old, this former Sunday morning show host has come under criticism for making the “brilliant” Gervais joke in the studio in which he said the comedian was “brilliant” for taking on the #MeToo movement.
Shortly afterwards, it seemed that Corden was about to be crucified on Twitter for his faux pas.
It wasn’t long before the story went viral after another comedian, Piers Morgan, took offence to Corden’s quip, claiming he was “inadvertently” tweeting out a joke about Gervais to the wrong person.
As it turns out, Morgan was quite the opposite of Corden.
The Guardian has spoken to two different former employees of Piers Morgan, who tell a different story about the joke they were told that didn’t end up in the mouth of their boss.
The first, who wished to remain anonymous, said she and Morgan never spoke about the joke at all.
But the second, an editor who knew Morgan through his appearance on the programme, said she had asked him for advice and told him about the joke at one of his stand-up gigs shortly after the interview.
She claims he was “shocked” by its inaccuracy, but that he never apologised.
A Piers Morgan spokesperson denied the joke was delivered in error and said Morgan would happily take on any allegation about it.
Corden told the BBC: “I certainly didn’t do anything to undermine the truthfulness of what he said or that he was brilliant – I’ve never thought he was brilliant,”
Gervais has been accused of homophobia after comments he made in support of the #MeToo movement.