James Corden has opened up about how difficult it was to get Kanye West’s ‘Airpool Karaoke’ episode off the ground. Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Corden admitted that Kanye canceled on him four times before they filmed the episode, which took place on a flight to Los Angeles earlier this year.
Dubbing Kanye a “complex fellow,” Corden told Kimmel that although he took Kanye’s first cancellation in his stride, the second time around wasn’t so easy. It “was so late in the day that I was driving up his road in the car with all the cameras, and got this phone call saying it’s been canceled. I literally turned around outside his house and went back to the studio.”
West reportedly canceled another two times, which all but broke Corden’s spirit. The rapper had asked, “could we do a carpool with the whole choir? On like a bus or a truck.” It wasn’t until the British TV host was on the plane, surrounded by the 150-strong choir, that he believed it was actually happening.
Despite the many cancellations and reported $45,000 loss, Corden described the experience as an “absolute privilege.” He told Kimmel, “I will never ever forget what that choir sounded like on that airplane.” He continued, “this is a once in a lifetime thing.”
Watch the interview (around the four-minute-mark) in the video below.