While One Direction might be down to only four members, Late Late Show host James Corden was more than happy to step in and fill the void when the boys stopped by his studio for a night dedicated to the British pop megastars.
One Direction's sit-down with Corden on Thursday marked their first appearance on a late-night show in the States since Zayn Malik quit the band in March (and threw thousands of young 1D fans into an emotional turmoil).
So when Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Liam Payne sat down on the Late Late Show couch, Corden – who has been friends with the band for years -- had to clear the air by addressing the elephant in the room.
"We should talk about the fact that there are four of you here on this sofa, where there has always been five," the host said, broaching the topic.
Corden addressed Tomlinson first, asking how his relationship with Malik has been since he exited -- and was subsequently ripped into by Tomlinson on Twitter.
"There's been a bit of back and forth," Tomlinson said, laughing. "But we're on good terms."
Addressing his Twitter feud with Zayn and producer Naughty Boy, the singer added, "I've never been good at biting my tongue... Twitter is great for connecting with the fans, but also if you feel like saying something you probably shouldn't, It's good for that too."
Liam Payne admitted that the news of Malik's departure hit this hard when it happened, but that the group understands their former bandmate's decision.
"At first we were a little bit angry obviously, we were surprised," Payne explained. "But we all knew the general vibe that Zayn was feeling."
"If you don't like the job you gotta follow your heart and go where you need to go," Payne added. "There's no hard feelings."
Corden soon brought the topic of conversation around to the idea of adding a new fifth member, asking Styles if the band ever considered finding a replacement for Malik.
"No," Harry replied definitively.
And that's when Corden made the motivation behind his question a little clearer, asking the band if they ever considered asking him to join 1D.
"No," Styles reiterated.
"Not even for a split second?" a dejected Corden prodded.
"I mean... No." Styles really wasn't having Corden's less-than-subtle hinting. Although he did joke that the band considered asking Late Late Show band leader Reggie Watts to come on board. Which everyone agreed would have been amazing.
Although the guys didn't only focus on the past and the band's recent hurdles -- they also had some good, old fashioned, wacky Late Late Show fun when they got into a heated game of dodge ball with a hardcore all-girl team that mopped the floor with them.
Despite Corden serving as their coach and their team captain, no amount of him screaming "Knock. Knock? Ball in your face!" could prepare the guys for the ferocious might of the Ball Busters.
Tomlinson also opened up a little about being single, and "making hay while the sun," as Corden put it. The 23-year-old pop superstar revealed that, of his bandmates, Payne always served as the best wing man.
One Direction has taken a short respite from touring to work on their new album, and they've been working hard to move past Malik's sudden departure. For more on the former 1D member's unexpected exit, check out the video below.
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