James Corden is removing several food items from the Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts segment of The Late Late Show after being accused of cultural insensitivity.
The Late Late Show host has confirmed he’s adjusting the popular segment, which sees celebrities forced to choose between answering a tough question – which usually unveils information about their personal lives – or eating food seen as unusual or unpalatable.
‘We heard that story, and the next time we do that bit we absolutely won’t involve or use any of those foods,’ Corden told Howard Stern earlier this month. ‘As you said at the start, our show is a show about joy and light and love, we don’t want to make a show to upset anybody.’
Making changes: James Corden, 42, says he’s removing several food items from the Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts segment of his talk show after being accused of cultural insensitivity
Corden then gave an example of how the food menu has changed, as he’ll now try to scare his guests with snacks that will ruin their diets, such as a pizza with cheeseburgers on top.
In his appearance on Stern, Corden said, ‘As you said at the start, our show is a show about joy and light and love, we don’t want to make a show to upset anybody.’
In her Change.org petition, which has garnered 45,000 signatures, TikTok user Kim Saira pointed out the food items Corden used in the bit – including century old eggs or chicken feet – are ‘often regularly eaten by Asian people’ and are not ‘disgusting’ foods.
Saira wrote: ‘The foods that are presented are meant to be “gross,” as they are supposed to encourage the guest to answer his questions instead. However, many of the foods that he presents to his guests are actually from different Asian cultures.
Shock: Corden was being urged to end a segment on The Late Late Show titled Spill Your Guts, amid complaints that the segment ‘encourages anti-Asian hate’
The petition calls for the U.K.-born funnyman to ‘completely change the food presented on his show to something else, or remove the segment entirely;’ apologize for the segment and takes steps to avoid any further instances; and donate to local Asian American organizations
In the segment, which has featured stars such as Justin Bieber, Kendall Jenner and Chissy Teigen, Corden has ‘presented foods such as balut, century old eggs, and chicken feet, and which are often regularly eaten by Asian people’ and ‘openly called these foods “really disgusting” and “horrific,”‘ Saira said.
Saira requested the show either scrap the segment or ‘completely change the food presented on his show to something else,’ which Corden has now agreed to do.
The spike in anti-Asian crimes were pointed out, with critics adding that ‘many Asian Americans are consistently bullied and mocked for their native foods, and this segment amplifies and encourages it.’
After the petition gained traction, Kim took to TikTok to insist she did not want Corden, 42, ‘cancelled’ but merely held accountable, as she penned: ‘There’s a diff between cancel & accountability culture. lets hold him accountable’.
Details: The segment has past featured stars such as Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner
Speaking to Today about the scandal, Kim said: ‘I noticed that one of the foods that he presented to someone was balut (a fertilized duck egg that is boiled and eaten from the shell), and balut is like, very specific to Filipino culture…
‘It’s a food that I have been eating whenever I go to the Philippines with my grandma and my cousins, so it’s a very sentimental food to me, and I noticed that he was presenting it to a guest and calling it gross.
‘I was just so confused and I feel like it was a moment of me just being like, “Oh my gosh, like, this is my culture. I don’t understand why he’s making fun of it?”‘
MailOnline has contacted James Corden’s representatives for comment.
A report from the Los Angeles Times last month detailed a study that compared hate crimes aimed at Asian people from the first quarters of 2020 and 2021.
Los Angeles saw an 80 percent increase, while hate crimes in New York totaled a 223 percent spike, and San Francisco saw a 140 percent increase.
Background: The segment sees participants presented with the choice of either answering a revealing question or dining from a plate of varied culinary selections
Last month, President Joe Biden slammed the ‘ugly poison’ of racism that’s ‘plagued’ the United States and then signed the anti-Asian hate crime bill at the White House.
He called the bipartisan passage of the legislation ‘maybe the first break, the first significant break, in a moment in our history that has to be turned around.’
The White House invited 68 people to the ceremony, including one Republican lawmaker, Sen. Susan Collins, as well as family members of Heather Heyer, the young activist run over by a white supremacist in Charlottesville, and Khalid Jabara, a Lebanese immigrant who was shot by his neighbor.
Corden’s latest turn in the headlines comes just weeks after he was subject to widespread scrutiny over his appearance as host of the Friends reunion.
Signed: Last month, President Joe Biden slammed the ‘ugly poison’ of racism that’s ‘plagued’ the United States and then signed the anti-Asian hate crime bill at the White House
Friends fans took to social media to question why the British presenter was picked to host the sitcom’s long-awaited reunion, with some suggesting that an American star should have landed the gig.
MailOnline reported that he was the number-one choice by all six of the show’s cast members to host the reunion, which saw the stars look back at some of the sitcom’s most iconic moments.
Corden appeared as host when the cast made their way to the show’s iconic brown sofa, placed in front of a replica of the famous fountain that appeared in the opening credits.
Bewildered: James Corden’s latest turn hitting headlines comes just weeks after he was subject to widespread scrutiny due to his appearance as host of the Friends reunion
Courteney Cox (Monica Gellar), Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing), Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay) and David Schwimmer (Ross Gellar) all returned to the sitcom’s original set for the show.
Corden was widely-panned for his interview with the show’s stars, with one critic slamming his ‘banal’ questions.
While the nostalgic element has been called upon and praised by experts, the lack of awareness towards the more problematic nature of the show set tongues wagging as well as James’ appearance as host.
Why him? Friends fans took to social media to question why the British presenter was picked to host the sitcom’s long-awaited reunion, with some suggesting that an American star should have landed the gig