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Billie Eilish, John Legend and More Join 'Late Late Show' Host Jame Corden for Primetime Special

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By Adreon Patterson

As the coronavirus crisis has put Hollywood on pause, James Corden is easing the pandemic by presenting a primetime Late Late Show special.

The special was announced after production on the CBS late-night talk show was shut down earlier this month due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The special will feature celebrity interviews along with music performances from global superstars. It will be produced by Fulwell 73 and CBS Television Studios, with Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe serving as executive producers.

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The special will feature the host taping from his garage while chatting with stars including David Blaine and Will Ferrell. It will feature musical performances by K-Pop sensations BTS from South Korea, Andrea Bocelli in Italy, Dua Lipa in London, and Billie Eilish and John Legend in Los Angeles.

In accordance with social distancing, all of the guests will be featured from the convenience of their homes.

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“Since The Late Late Show came off the air, we have been thinking of different ways to try and make a show at this time,” said Winston and Crabbe. “With the help of some wonderful guests, we are going to try to put on the best show we can, to entertain, raise awareness, raise money and hopefully lift spirits. "

They continued, "Shooting from James’ garage may be far from perfect, but under the circumstances we hope it can help someone, somewhere, who needs some cheer right now.”

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As the pandemic continues to make waves in the U.S., Corden has been the only late-night show host not posting daily videos from his home. The only new footage has been an emotional appearance introducing a repeat of his debut performance on his fifth anniversary on the show.

Other late-night cohorts such as Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert have been producing home-based clips over the last week, with Fallon and Kimmel holding full shows with celebrity interviews and music performances from their homes.

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During the special, Corden and the guests will encourage viewers to follow the recommended CDC guidelines and government officials' orders to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The practice of social distancing is meant to reduce strain on the medical community.

Charity will be a major factor in the special as he will provide information on how viewers can donating money to The CDC Foundation and Feed the Children.

Corden's absence in late-night will feel more special due to the charitable factor.

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