James Corden Accused of Stealing Ricky Gervais Joke: ‘Word for Word’

James Corden is receiving more and more criticism online, this time after being accused of plagiarism after apparently using one of Ricky Gervais’ jokes on Corden’s late night talk show.

Gervais even spoke about the incident on Twitter but has since deleted his tweet.

As Corden opened the Halloween show of The late show on SCShe started talking Elon Musktakeover of Twitter. He went on to tell a joke that many people online pointed out was also “word for word” a copy of one of Gervais’ jokes from his 2018 stand-up special. Humanity.

“Elon Musk talks about Twitter and says ‘Well, this is the town square.’ I’m like, ‘But it’s not.’” Corden continued during his monologue. “Because if someone puts up a sign in the town square that says ‘guitar lessons available,’ the townspeople don’t say, ‘I don’t want to play guitar! I want to play piano.’ “

After a clip of the joke was shared on Twitter, hundreds of people started responding and accusing Corden of plagiarism. They tagged Gervais and shared a clip of Gervais telling an almost identical joke.

Ultimately, Office star replied.

“The ad in the town square for guitar lessons is awesome,” Gervais added with a laugh as he retweeted the clip. It got over 20,000 likes, comments and retweets before it was deleted.

Earlier in the month there were rumors that the two British comedians were embroiled in a quarrel which was further fueled by Gervais sharing a clip from the TV series after life in which his character mocked Corden.

It’s the latest unwanted publicity for Corden after he was forced to speak out about his ban from a New York restaurant for being “rude” to staff. The restaurant owner rekindled the feudcalling Corden’s live apology “contrived and bogus.”

In the comments section of Twitter, many users piled on the abuse directed at Corden for allegedly stealing another comedian’s joke.

James Corden has been accused of plagiarism after telling a joke on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” almost identical to one told by Ricky Gervais a few years earlier. Gervais addressed the joke on Twitter (inset) before deleting the tweet.
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“So you’ve managed to steal the Ricky Gervais joke, recite it verbatim, and somehow it’s no longer funny when you say it,” @Elessar_JoL wrote, ” It’s incredible.”

“Is that how you make money, stealing other people’s jokes?” Asked @TryItAndCry.

Others have come to Corden’s defense, suggesting he was framed by one of his writers – although some have suggested this is proof that The late show the staff might not like their host.

“He clearly has no idea,” wrote sports journalist Stina Sternberg. “All of these talk show monologues are written by a team of writers. One of those writers will most definitely be fired for plagiarism today (and rightly so).”

TV writer Bess Kalb agreed that the blame, intentional or not, lies with the staff.

“Your writers, assistant writers, producers and teleprompter operator are openly stalking you with this text track by Ricky Gervais,” she wrote.

Writer Simon Young added, “I think one of your writers stitched you up. Good job!”

Corden has yet to respond to the plagiarism allegations, and as of this writing, the joke clip is still online. The Late Late Show with James Corden social media channels. After his initial tweet, Gervais has yet to speak about the incident.

Newsweek reached out to Gervais, Corden and The late show for additional comment.