AceShowbiz - James Corden is honoured longtime pal Prince Harry picked his late night talk show for his U.S. TV debut.
The host of "The Late Late Show" scored the Duke of Sussex's first American television interview, in February (21), when he and Harry chatted as they drove around Los Angeles on the open top deck of a London-style bus.
And Corden is thrilled he got the chance to show off the real Harry.
"I've known Harry for a good few years now, (from) when we both lived in London, and I'm incredibly fond of him, incredibly fond of both of them (Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex) but obviously I have known Harry longer," James tells Variety's "Awards Circuit" podcast. "And we've been talking for a while about doing something on the show and, yeah, he was really into the whole idea of doing it, so we pitched him this idea, and he loved it. He had very few notes and said, 'When can we film it...?' "
"There was a lot of (COVID) safety (issues), and 'when would it be the safest time to do such a thing...?' And then we were very keen; it was a very conscious decision on our part not to publicise such a thing, because just the very nature of public interest in them as figures leads to a huge amount of dialogue when people haven't seen the very thing that you're shooting."
And because Corden was so convinced he and his team had captured "the truest version" of his friend, they decided not to share the scoop ahead of time and surprise viewers with the footage on the day it aired.
"We felt like we... showed the person we know in a really true and positive light, so we... just put it out on a Thursday night."
"What was great about that was it meant that... you just had to watch it to make up your mind about it, and I think there are some elements of their life, where people make up their mind before seeing anything."
"I'm really proud of it...," he adds. "I felt like you saw the truest version of him (Harry). That's certainly the person that I have known all this time and mostly it was a very uplifting piece of television, so we're very proud of that. We're very proud that the first time either him or the Duchess spoke, the first time they spoke on (U.S.) television was on our show."