James Corden, Nicki Minaj Back in ‘Carpool Karaoke’ After 2-Year Break


James Corden’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ is back on ‘The Late Late Show’ after a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic – and he couldn’t be happier to buckle up.

His first passenger: “Starships” singer Nicki Minaj.

“The entire afternoon we spent together I was so happy to be in her orbit and in her company and I really, really loved being with her,” he said said during a news conference on Wednesday to promote the segment of the night. “It was so happy.”

Both Corden’s series and Minaj himself teased the segment on their social media platforms for the past week. They each shared a boisterous video of past “karaoke” artists – including Harry Styles, Usher, Stevie Wonder, Ed Sheeran, Britney Spears and Adele – as well as a new clip featuring the dynamic, dancing duo celebrating the ending of “not being able to sit that close together”.

A caption overlay explains that the 39-year-old rapper’s 2014 hit song “Social Distancing is Over”anaconda‘ sounds in the background.

The preview also reveals that “Havana” singer Camila Cabello, 25, died on March 18.

The extremely popular — if strangely controversial Segment, which spun off an entire series in 2017, was suspended in 2020 due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

“It’s felt over the past year – very, very slowly, one way or another – like we’ve started to get our show back. But that was obviously a big part of our show — that segment,” Corden, 43, said Wednesday.

“The whole pandemic… there [were] so many things we couldn’t do, and I think that goes for any show,” he continued. “But for us, our show is very much about getting out there, whether that’s running out onto the street and doing musicals on a crosswalk, or big tape recordings, or getting everyone on a couch together at once.”

However, even after a long two years, he didn’t want to rev up the engines too quickly to get it back on the air.

“The conclusion we came to was not to do that segment unless we could do it right,” he said. “That’s why it took a long time. There’s probably a version of this that we could have done a while ago, but… it didn’t quite feel right.”

Fans can catch the return of “Carpool Karaoke” during the nightly Gabfest, which airs at 12:37 a.m. ET on CBS.

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