Grammys Turned Down James Corden’s Offer to Fill in for Rihanna

Norman Weiss
TV Tattle

Grammys turned down James Corden’s offer to fill in for Rihanna

The Late Late Show host explains that he and Rihanna had planned and rehearsed an ‘80s talk show sketch for the Grammys, but the bit was scrapped when she canceled at the last minute due to bronchitis. "I immediately go, 'I hear what you're saying — yes, I'll fill the spot,” said Corden. But producers chose to cut the segment entirely. PLUS: Corden does yet another Carpool Karaoke with Justin Bieber, a post-Grammys drive.


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