James Corden couldn’t make it to The Late Late Show on Tuesday night, but he found the perfect British substitute! Corden’s pal Harry Styles stepped in to fulfill his hosting duties after the 39-year-old welcomed a baby girl with his wife, Julia, earlier in the day.
But that’s not what Styles initially told the audience.
“No, your eyes do not deceive you, I am not James Corden,” he quipped. “You may be wondering why I’m hosting tonight, and yes, you are right. Donald Trump finally got sick of James’ jokes and deported him back to England.”
Styles then told the crowd on the pre-taped show that he had visited Corden in the hospital, joking, “She looks a lot like James, mainly because James looks like a giant baby.”
He then made a play for a full-time gig, joking, “This is a one-time thing, unless CBS likes what they see.”
Later in the show, Styles explained how he got the call to come host.
“I have to be very honest. It’s not exactly how I saw my day panning out. I was sat at home two hours ago, in this suit, obviously,” he quipped, pointing to his sharp look, “and I got the call that Jules was going into labor. So James naturally called the funniest guy he knew. And he wasn’t around, so I’m filling in.”