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What is it about James Corden that makes him considered so unlikable?

CloseTalker

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Oct 25, 2017
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Corden is one of the most universally dunked people in Hollywood. Obviously he has his fans, his show seems quite popular and his YT channel has like 10mil subscribers. But there are also a lot of people who aren't picking up what he's putting down, and really find him grating. Even someone like Jimmy Fallon, who is known for being a bit patronizing to guests with his overzealous laughter and air of phoniness, even he doesn't seem to get the same kind of hate as Corden.

What do you think it is? And if you're a fan, what are people missing?
 

Joshua

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Oct 27, 2017
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The one story I hear about the most with him is this one:


The guy tweeting this is a TV writer and Corden himself seems to verify it with his replies to the tweet.
 

Goldenroad

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Nov 2, 2017
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For me it's that he took over Late Late Show from the most likable, honest and funniest talk show host ever. Ferguson didn't sit there and kiss his celebrity guests asses, and that's all Corden does. I'd argue out of any late night host since, well Fallon I guess, Corden is the biggest star fucker to ever host a show like this and it just gets kind of gross after a while.
 

LewieP

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Oct 26, 2017
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Even aside from the stories about him being an awful person, he is an extremely irritating performer. Can't stand him as an actor, voice actor or presenter.
 

♡♪!?

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Oct 25, 2017
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It might be overexposure, he seems to be the same in everything and you don't care for the types of characters he's plays or his persona, in his sitcoms or Doctor Who (which became a Corden sitcom for 2 episodes), you still have to see it in many panels shows, voice over roles and award ceromonies like the Brits and Tony Awards. He probably get some heat because he's overweight too.
 

Wamapoke

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Apr 11, 2018
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His entire shtick is providing an obnoxious laugh, then repeating actual comedians jokes back to the audience. Utter clown.
 

SABO.

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Nov 6, 2017
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I dont think hes unlikeable as you think he is. Of course if you dont like him the internet will generally point you in the direction of the bubble where people dont like him.

I dont like him cause he seems very fake and a Hollywood manufacture.
 
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HStallion

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Oct 25, 2017
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He is who I point to when I want an easy example as a fake as fuck mother fucker. Dude acts like he's all laughs but nearly every story about people having to interact with him that are not on his level comes off as him being a giant fucking douchenozzle.
 

Doggg

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Nov 17, 2017
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I've only seen his show a few times, but he came across to me like someone who's trying very hard to pass as a nice guy, but there just seemed something affected and stagy about it.
 

Luckett_X

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Oct 25, 2017
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It's because he is like the perfect confluence of that fake person in everyones life that they know is an asshole, but through an elaborate nicey nicey soft act, presents a completely different "likeable and jokey!" persona to the public. He triggers a deep level of mistrust and a fight or flight response in most people that can sense this.

He must have one hell of an agent to be quite honest, because his career looked thoroughly done here in the UK many years ago.
 

jml

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Mar 9, 2018
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He just seems like a super bland corporate guy to me. I don't find anything about him to be interesting.
 

Ahsoka

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Oct 20, 2019
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The claims that the hate is based on him being a bad person behind the scenes is total revisionist history.

The truth is, many, many people were regularly making unnecessarily mean and vitriolic comments about him for no other reason than just thinking he was annoying or not funny or whatever.

The stories about him actually being a crappy person behind the scenes just allowed people to feel justified in saying those things they had already been saying.

But the truth is that a lot of it pre-dated those stories, and had no better explanation than “a lot of people on forums and social media are jerks”.

And yeah, some people were positive or neutral on him before the stories about him came out. If that’s you, great! I’m acknowledging that you exist, and that you aren’t who I’m talking about.
 

♡♪!?

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Oct 25, 2017
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He is who I point to when I want an easy example as a fake as fuck mother fucker. Dude acts like he's all laughs but nearly every story about people having to interact with him that are not on his level comes off as him being a giant fucking douchenozzle.
How do you know the stories about him are true though? Not trying to defend, but if you're every where, some people on the internet will make a lot of shit up about you, of course.
 

LewieP

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Oct 26, 2017
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I think most of it spawned from this single Reddit thread.

Dunno if you're from the UK, but a lot of people here disliked him long before that.

I really hope he doesn’t voice Mario in the CGI Nintendo movie. I find him incredibly annoying.
Urgh that seems actually worryingly likely.
 

Honolulu Blue

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Oct 27, 2017
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His entire routine is “look at me with this celebrity!”, before proceeding to obnoxiously force himself over said celebrity at every opportunity.

It doesn’t matter who the guests are. It’s his name above the set and he wants you to know it.
 

♡♪!?

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Oct 25, 2017
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I genuinely don't understand how he has his own show. I don't get the appeal of the guy.
I think, and this isn't meant to be fat shaming, but his appearance and not being an edgy comedian, makes him relatable or the way he portrays himself as just a normal lad. Those are the characters he usually played in sitcoms as well.
 

Conciliator

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Oct 25, 2017
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His schtick just comes across to me as like extremely milquetoast, bland, lowest common denominator humor without any unique bite or viewpoint. I kind of put him in a bucket with stuff like Ellen and Big Bang Theory. Compulsively inoffensive, idle celebrity worship, empty late-night pleasantness. I don't know maybe that sounds elitist or cynical, but it's just how I feel when I watch or listen to him.

...I honestly prefer Fallon, if I had to choose. At least he's got The Roots

I'll defer to others on how true or false the stories of him being an asshole are, I'm just judging his general media presence and comedy.
 

Agar25

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Apr 12, 2018
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I mean if you live in So cal and have even the smallest bit of connection to any industry person... you know who the asshole celebs are and who the nice ones are. It’s one of the most talked about elements of Hollywood
 

Rydeen

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Oct 25, 2017
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For me it's that he took over Late Late Show from the most likable, honest and funniest talk show host ever. Ferguson didn't sit there and kiss his celebrity guests asses, and that's all Corden does. I'd argue out of any late night host since, well Fallon I guess, Corden is the biggest star fucker to ever host a show like this and it just gets kind of gross after a while.
This. The guy came from out of nowhere and replaced the best late-night talk show host after Conan left network TV. Like I hadn't even heard of him before he replaced Craig Ferguson and all of a sudden he was everywhere, like he was just handed this success that other late-night hosts like Letterman, Conan, and Ferguson had to fight tooth-and-nail to get.
 

JaredG

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May 17, 2018
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How do you know the stories about him are true though? Not trying to defend, but if you're every where, some people on the internet will make a lot of shit up about you, of course.
Obviously no one without direct experience with him can know for sure but there are a lot of famous people (even ones that receive a lot of hate for other reasons) that don't have a huge number of stories being circulated about what a huge asshole they are. Especially when so many of them from different sources have a common theme of treating lower-level staff like shit and considering himself above them. Where there's smoke, there's usually fire.