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James Corden Reacts After Being Called Out for Ricky Gervais Joke

James CordenThe latest controversy is no laughing matter.

After criticism for repeating a joke from Ricky Gervais but almost word-by-word late late show On October 31, the host took to social media to explain the mix-up.

“Inadvertently told a brilliant Ricky Gervais joke on the show last night, apparently not knowing it came from him,” James tweeted November 1. “It’s fantastic, because it’s a Ricky Gervais joke. You can watch all of Ricky’s excellent specials on Netflix.”

James, 44, responded to critics a day after receiving backlash from fans who accused him of perpetuating a joke from Ricky’s 2018 Netflix special. humanity on CBS late night talk show,

“when you see Elon Musk Talk about Twitter, it works where it goes, ‘This is Town Square,'” James said at the time, per Hollywood Reporter, “But it’s not, because if someone puts up a poster in a town square that says, ‘Guitar lessons are available,’ you’re not going to tell people in town, ‘I don’t want to play guitar!’ But that sign wasn’t for you, it was for someone else – you don’t need to be mad about all this.”