‘We’re go­ing to cel­e­brate Lon­don and Bri­tain’

James Cor­don praises UK’s for­ti­tude as he brings his show from the States

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The Late Late Show pre­sen­ter will be host­ing the pro­gramme from the cap­i­tal for the rest of the week, as op­posed to its usual home in Los An­ge­les, and in an emo­tional speech in front of Big Ben paid tribute to the spirit of the Bri­tish pub­lic, say­ing “noth­ing will stand in our way”.

Open­ing his first UK show with the mov­ing speech, James, who was born in Hilling­don and grew up in Ha­zle­mere, in Buck­ing­hamshire, praised the beauty, di­ver­sity and de­ter­mi­na­tion of his “favourite city”.

Speak­ing to cam­era he said: “Now as I’m sure you know a few days ago this city was at­tacked near Lon­don Bridge.

“I’m so sad when I think about all the times since I took this job that I’ve had to open the show talk­ing about such atroc­i­ties.

“Try­ing to find the right words to say is im­pos­si­ble be­cause there are none.”

The star said the at­tack on Satur­day June 3 felt “in­cred­i­bly close to home” as staff from the show were out in Lon­don at the time and they are all staying in a ho­tel close to where the at­tack took place.

He added: “Some peo­ple might say it’s a strange time to do a va­ri­ety show from this city. I couldn’t dis­agree more.

“A lot’s go­ing to hap­pen here within the next few days.

“We’re go­ing to elect a prime min­ster in Great Bri­tain and just be­hind that build­ing there is the Houses of Par­lia­ment, a build­ing that rep­re­sents democ­racy – some­thing that the peo­ple who car­ried out this at­tack hate.

“We’re go­ing to bring you the sil­li­est, stu­pid­est, most fun packed shows we’ve ever made for you to cel­e­brate Lon­don and Bri­tain and ev­ery­thing it has to of­fer.

“The peo­ple who car­ried out that at­tack would hate that too.

“I’m so proud to be broad­cast­ing here from my home­town.

“I’m proud to show off its beauty, its di­ver­sity and its stoic Bri­tish de­ter­mi­na­tion to let noth­ing or any­body stand in our way.

“This is not a coun­try that feels afraid.

“Thank you for join­ing us on what we hope will be a mem­o­rable week in Lon­don, wel­come to The Late Late show.

“It may be the worst weather in the world but it’s still my favourite city.”

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