On last night’s episode of The Late Late Show, James Corden offered up an apology-ish comedic monologue about the chummy photo of him kissing ousted former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on the cheek that prompted these sorts of reactions online:
“Sean Spicer actually did make a cameo at last night’s ceremony, and according to some reports, at the afterparty Spicer was the most popular guy in the room,” Corden began, transitioning from your garden variety late-night Trump slams. “And I just want to say, I think people are forgetting that this man lied to the American people and should not be embraced. These Hollywood phones kissing up to Sean Spicer are disgusting. I mean, who would do this? Who are we talking about here?”
That’s when this flashed on the screen:
“Now, I know you think that’s a picture of me kissing Sean Spicer, but in the spirit of Sean Spicer, no it isn’t,” Corden joked. “I mean, anyone ever have that feeling when you get a little drunk and you wake up the next morning and you think, ‘oh god, who did I kiss last night?’ It’s a little like that.”
“Understandably, some people have been disappointed by this photo. In truth, I’m disappointed by it as well,” he added. “I’ve been reading a lot of harsh comments on Twitter today, and I hear you loud and clear. Truly I do. So much so, that’s I’m really starting to regret that Carpool Karaoke we taped with Steve Bannon.”
Corden went on to joke about all the other people he’s kissed in public, like Daniel Radcliffe, Bryan Cranston, and Allison Janney, none of whom, as far as we know, publicly denied that Hitler gassed millions of people. CBS has not posted Corden’s monologue on YouTube, but you can watch the whole episode over on the CBS website.