Published: 02/11/2022- 11:47
Updated: 02/11/2022- 13:02
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James Corden has responded to criticism that he copied a Ricky Gervais joke on his US television show.
During a segment of his Late Late Show, Mr Corden made a joke about Twitter, a town square and a guitar.
Mr Corden said: “When you see Elon Musk talk about Twitter he does this thing where he goes, ‘Well, it’s the town square’.
“But it isn’t. Because if someone puts up a poster in a town square that says ‘guitar lessons available’, you don’t get people in the town going, ‘I don’t want to play the guitar! I want to play the piano, you piece of ****!’
“Well that sign wasn’t for you, it was for someone else. You don’t have to get mad about all of it!”
But some on Twitter compared the joke to a section of Mr Gervais’ 2018 stand up show Humanity.
While, in a now deleted tweet, Mr Gervais also likened his work to the joke.
Mr Corden has since responded to the claims, admitting that he had “invadertedly” copied the joke.
In a tweet, Mr Corden said: “Inadvertently told a brilliant Ricky Gervais joke on the show last night, obviously not knowing it came from him.
“It’s brilliant, because it’s a Ricky Gervais joke.
“You can watch all Ricky’s excellent specials on Netflix. J x”.
Mr Gervais was asked whether he had been approached about the show using the joke, to which he replied: “No. I reckon one of the writers ‘came up with it’ for him.
The comedian added: “I doubt he would knowingly just copy such a famous stand-up routine word for word.