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The Late Late Show host James Corden, 44, opened up about a time where his family experienced hardship in an emotional interview on Tuesday. The star appeared on the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, where he promoted his new Amazon Prime series Mammals. 

It was feeling particularly Christmassy in the BBC Radio 2 studio earlier this week, as Zoe Ball, 52, played the song When the Thames Froze by Smith and Burrows ahead of James’ arrival. 

When Zoe pointed out that James was singing along as he joined the broadcast, he explained: “I think it’s the best end line of a Christmas song. I really do. 

“To have a line that says, ‘Tell everyone that there’s hope in your heart. Tell everyone who will tell you apart. 

“‘At the end of Christmas Day, when there’s nothing left to say. The years go by so fast. Let’s hope the next beats the last,’” he finished, recalling the popular tune.

James then went on to share why the song had been so special to him, as he opened up about a “tough Christmas” his family went through a few years ago.

“My overwhelming memory of that song is sitting with my mum, and we’d had quite a year of it as a family. 

“This is quite a few years ago now, and I would listen to this album every Christmas.

“And my mum lost… My mum was so emotional and crying at the notion of ‘let’s hope the next beats the last’.

“It is the most beautiful sentiment of any Christmas song, I think.”

James was born in Hazlemere, Buckinghamshire to social worker mum Margaret Corden and dad Malcolm Corden, who was a musician in the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.

He admitted he was feeling particularly emotional this year, after landing back in London from Los Angeles on Monday. 

“I’m always quite emotional coming back home anyway,” he said, “But I’m emotional now because this is the last time…

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“We’ve come home for Christmas for the last eight years and this is the last time we’ll come home for Christmas. Next Christmas we will just be at home.”

Back in April, James announced he was leaving his CBS programme The Late Late Show in the Spring of 2023. 

During an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the host asked James what his plans were for the last episode of the show. 

“My biggest plan, well, my intention which I think I’ll fail at dramatically is to just not be just crying for the entire hour but I think I will be,” he admitted. 

“Our intention is to go out in the way that we came in and I will miss it hugely. I will miss it every day. I will miss the people that I worked with.”

James went on to explain that he was not leaving because he doesn’t love the show, but because “we’re a long way from home and we really want our children to know what it’s like to grow up in London… 

“To have a solid relationship with their grandparents and that is time that you don’t get back.”

He admitted it was “hard to let go” but insisted that “it’s the right thing to do” for his family.

James and his wife Julia Carey share three children: Max, 11, Carey, 8, and Charlotte, 5.

Zoe Ball returns with The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on January 9, 2023 on BBC Radio 2.

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