COR­DEN BLEURGH!

Dis­gust as TV James hosts Hamza for car­pool sin­ga­long

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R OLY-POLY Late Late Show host JAMES COR­DEN sparked­outrage to­day, af­ter an­nounc­ing that his lat­est in­stal­ment of Car­pool Karaoke will fea­ture none other than hook-handed preacher of hate

ABU HAMZA. The Egypt-born Sunni ex­trem­ist, 59, is cur­rently serv­ing life im­pris­on­ment in Colorado for 11 sep­a­rate ter­ror charges. How­ever, he will be granted tem­po­rary re­lease next week in or­der to join big-boned Cor­den, 39, for a light-hearted in-car sin­ga­long.

Speak­ing to re­porters in Los An­ge­les this morn­ing, Cor­den ex­plained how the con­tro­ver­sial cameo came about.

“Abu con­tacted my­self and the pro­duc­tion team via Face­time from his high-se­cu­rity cell to say that he loved the show, and par­tic­u­larly en­joyed the Car­pool Karaoke sec­tion,” Cor­den re­vealed. “He said he’d es­pe­cially liked the Ed Sheeran episode, which had made him quite lit­er­ally ‘fall about laugh­ing’. And then, at the end of the call, he told us he had a bit of pa­role com­ing up, and asked whether we’d be up for hav­ing him on as a guest.”

The portly Gavin & Stacey fave con­tin­ued: “We nor­mally just fea­ture A-List singers, rather than cy­clop­tic fun­da­men­tal­ists, but The Late Late Show is all about push­ing bound­aries, so in the end we just thought, ‘Why not?’”

Cor­den told jour­nal­ists he is con­fi­dent that any scep­tics will be won over as soon as the seg­ment airs, since it will fea­ture the usual mix of top tunes and cheeky ban­ter.

“Abu will join me in the pas­sen­ger seat to sing along to a med­ley of his favourite hits, such as Walk­ing On

Sun­shine, Like A Vir­gin and Agadoo,” he said. “And in be­tween, I’ll be grilling the mil­i­tant ex-Imam on ev­ery­thing from his favourite pizza top­pings and best hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions to his ul­ti­mate dream of bring­ing about the com­plete de­struc­tion of the cor­pu­lent, deca­dent West.” “It should be a great show,” he added. And it seems that Hamza isn’t the only max­i­mum se­cu­rity pris­oner soon to fea­ture on a light-hearted TV se­ries hosted by a for­mer Gavin & Stacey star. At time of press it has just been an­nounced that ‘York­shire Rip­per’ Peter Sut­cliffe will ap­pear on the next se­ries of Rob Bry­don’s Would I Lie To You?

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