James Corden has finally answered the question that was — apparently — on the minds of so many "Carpool Karaoke" fans.
On Thursday evening, the "Late Late Show" host addressed a viral video that "exposed" a crucial part of the popular celebrity singalong series. The clip, originally posted by Twitter user zolihonig, allegedly showed Corden filming an episode of "Carpool Karaoke" while another vehicle towed his black Range Rover through the streets of Los Angeles.
"Saw James Corden and Justin Bieber filming carpool karaoke and this is why I have trust issues — he isn't even driving!" zolihonig captioned the video.
Saw James corden and Justin Bieber filming carpool karaoke and this is why I have trust issues — he isn't even driving! pic.twitter.com/bkP9moGJmu
— Zoli ⚡️ (@zolihonig) January 23, 2020
The footage, which has now been viewed nearly 13 million times, drew a wave of reactions from fans — some of whom were bewildered to discover the "truth" behind the segment, during which Corden visibly pretends as if he's driving the car himself.
"This shattered my dreams. it brought me flashbacks of when I was told that Santa was not real," one user wrote.
Others, however, weren't surprised in the slightest. Many users pointed out that it would be incredibly difficult — and extremely dangerous — for Corden to operate a vehicle while also singing and interviewing his guests.
"It makes sense though," one user hilariously noted, sharing a photo of Stevie Wonder, who is blind, driving during an episode.
It makes sense though pic.twitter.com/CmktH6YYxu
— Handsome Squidward 🦑 (@AntWasHeree) January 23, 2020
Now, it seems Corden has squashed the controversy once and for all. A tweet from the "Late Late Show's" official Twitter account seemed to address the video directly on Thursday, sarcastically sharing a photo of Corden and Samuel L. Jackson pretending to drive in front of a green screen.
"Guys, we don't even use a real car," the post jokingly stated.
guys, we don't even use a real car pic.twitter.com/O0sxMwNFtP
— The Late Late Show with James Corden (@latelateshow) January 23, 2020
The tweet was clearly meant as a joke — as there is plenty of photo evidence of Corden using a real car for the segment. What's more, the admission that the driving is fake seems to contradict other behind-the-scenes evidence about the show.
In a 2016 interview with the Radio Times, "Late Late Show" producer Ben Winston said that Corden was in fact driving during the episodes.
"He’s moving at under 20 miles an hour, and we don’t let any other cars around him," Winston added.
It's unclear whether or not that policy has changed, or if certain episodes are filmed differently. Unless Corden chooses to offer more clarity, it seems that the secret behind "Carpool Karaoke" may always be somewhat of a mystery.