James Corden, Nicki Minaj back in ‘Carpool Karaoke’ after 2-year pause

James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” is again on “The Late Late Present” after a two-year pause as a result of coronavirus pandemic — and he couldn’t be extra delighted to buckle up.

His first passenger: “Starships” singer Nicki Minaj.

“The complete afternoon that we spent collectively, I used to be so completely satisfied to be in her orbit and her firm, and I actually, actually liked being along with her,” he said during a press conference Wednesday to advertise the evening’s phase. “It was so joyous.”

Each Corden’s series and Minaj herself teased the phase on their social media platforms over the previous week. They every shared a rollicking video of previous “Karaoke” performers — together with Harry Types, Usher, Stevie Surprise, Ed Sheeran, Britney Spears and Adele — in addition to a brand new clip that includes the dynamic, dancing duo celebrating the tip of “not with the ability to sit this shut.”

A caption overlay declares that “social distancing is over” because the 39-year-old rapper’s 2014 hit “Anaconda” blasts within the background.

The preview additionally reveals that “Havana” singer Camila Cabello, 25, will catch a elevate — and some tunes — on “Carpool Karaoke” on April 18.

The wildly widespread — if oddly controversial phase, which spun off a full collection in 2017, was placed on maintain in 2020 attributable to considerations over the unfold of COVID-19.

“It’s felt over the previous 12 months — very, very slowly, in a single sense or one other — like we began to get our present again. However this was, that is clearly a giant a part of our present — this phase,” Corden, 43, mentioned Wednesday.

“The complete pandemic … there [were] so many issues that we couldn’t do, and I believe that’s true of each present,” he continued. “However for us, our present could be very a lot about getting on the market, whether or not that’s working out into the road and doing musicals in a crosswalk or large taped bits or having all of the friends collectively on a sofa on the identical time.”

Nonetheless, he wasn’t about to rev the engines too shortly in an effort to get it again on the air, even after a protracted two years.

“The conclusion we got here to was not to do that phase until we might do it proper,” he mentioned. “In order that’s why it took a very long time. There’s most likely a model of it we might have performed some time in the past, however … it didn’t really feel fully proper.”

Followers can catch the return of “Carpool Karaoke” in the course of the late-night gabfest, which airs at 12:37 a.m. ET on CBS.

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