- The chat show host boasted about his sex life during stint on Broadway in 2006
- Starred in The History Boys with Dominic Cooper as they would go out together
- Said he would 'pick up the women Dominic didn’t want'
- Cooper introduced Corden to his now wife Julia Carey
- The pair have two children together with another one on the way
- Last month Corden came under fire for a Harvey Weinstein joke at a gala
- Weinstein accusers Rose McGowan and Asia Argento condemned Corden
- The comedian later apologized on Twitter after being chastized
Published: 16:45 EDT, 2 November 2017 | Updated: 18:09 EDT, 2 November 2017
James Corden boasted about sleeping with women in a revealing interview after the backlash he received for a joke about Harvey Weinstein.
The 39-year-old late night chat show host was an open-book in a recently published '20 Questions' interview with Playboy magazine where he talked about his sex life during his stint on Broadway in 2006.
He starred in The History Boys alongside Dominic Cooper and said the two would go out together in Hells Kitchen aka The Theater District in the Big Apple for their five month stint there.
Opening up: James Corden – pictured last month in LA – was an open-book in a recently published '20 Questions' interview with Playboy magazine as he talked about his sex life
Ill-timed: This comes just weeks after the 29-year-old comedian faced backlash for making a Harvey Weinstein joke at the amFAr gala in LA
Corden explained: 'There's a high density of (a) dancers and (b) gay men.
'So if you’re young, straight, English and in the hottest play in New York City, you're gonna get laid. That’s it! I’d basically pick up the women Dominic didn’t want, but I was more than happy with that.'
The play ran from April to October 2006 at the Broadhurst Theatre. It was met with much critical acclaim and even took home six Tony Awards that year including Best Play.
Revealing: The funnyman boasted about bedding women during his 2006 stint on Broadway in The History Boys, as he is pictured at the time with castmates Russell Tovey (left) and Jamie Parker (middle)
Budding friendship: He also starred alongside Dominic Cooper and said the two would go out together in Hells Kitchen aka The Theater District in the Big Apple for their five month stint there, as they are pictured together in LA back in January 2015
It was his good friend from the play, Dominic, who even introduced Corden to his now wife Julia Carey.
James married Julia just six years after starring in The History Boys in September 2015.
The two have two children together: six-year-old son Max and three-year-old daughter Carey and are expecting a third child at the end of the year. Cooper happens to be the godfather to Corden's eldest Max.
Aww: It was his good friend from the play, Dominic, who even introduced Corden to his now wife Julia Carey (they are pictured together in LA last week)
His latest interview comes during a difficult month for the English comedian, who averted a near-career crisis that struck weeks back stemming from his hosting gig at amfAR's Los Angeles Gala October 13.
Corden came under fire after cracking a stream of off-colored jokes at the gala about producer Harvey Weinstein, who's been accused of sexual harassment, abuse and rape by more than 60 women as of Tuesday. (Weinstein's rep has said repeatedly that 'any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied by' the producer.)
Close bond: Cooper happens to be the godfather to Corden's eldest child Max, as they are pictured together in June
Love story: James and Julia married in September 2015 as they have two children together and another one on the way due at the end of the year, they are pictured in LA last month
In his monologue at the glitzy event, Corden joked, 'It’s so beautiful [tonight], Harvey Weinstein has already asked tonight up to his hotel to give him a massage,' to mild boos from the well-heeled audience. An undaunted Corden cracked, 'If you don’t like that joke, you should probably leave now,' before rattling off a few more jokes on the uncomfortable topic.
The backlash was quick, as a number of prominent names linked to the widespread scandal ripped the comic for his humorous take on the serious matter.
Two women who have accused Weinstein of rape – actresses Rose McGowan and Asia Argento – were quick to condemn Corden with sharp jabs, as McGowan called Corden a 'MOTHERF***ING PIGLET' and 'a close friend of HW’s;' while Argento wrote, 'Shame on this pig and everyone who grunted with him.'
Inappropriate: Corden hosted the amFAR gala in Los Angeles last month and made multiple jokes about the sexual harassment allegations swirling around former movie mogul Weinstein
Argento's boyfriend, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, also razzed the CBS host, writing, 'Mr. Corden is free to tell whatever jokes he likes. As he should be. I'm free to suggest he's a porcine, pandering tool.'
A chastened Corden didn't wait long to apologize for the badly-received jokes, as he took to Twitter two days later to make amends.
'To be clear, sexual assault is no laughing matter,' he wrote October 15. 'I was not trying to make light of Harvey’s inexcusable behavior, but to shame him, the abuser, not his victims. I am truly sorry for anyone offended, that was never my intention.'
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Australia election: PM Morrison’s security team in car crash in Tasmania
A car carrying the Australian prime minister’s security team has crashed in Tasmania during an election campaign visit.
Four police officers were taken to hospital with “non-life threatening injuries” after the car and another vehicle collided, authorities said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison was not in the car, but the accident prompted him to cancel the rest of his campaign events on Thursday.
The other driver involved was not hurt.
Tasmania Police said initial investigations suggested the second car had “collided with the rear of the police vehicle, while attempting to merge”. It caused the unmarked security vehicle to roll off the road.
The two Tasmania Police officers and two Australian Federal Police officers were conscious when taken to hospital for medical assessment, the prime minister’s office said.
“Family members of the officers have been contacted and are being kept informed of their condition,” a statement said.
“The PM is always extremely grateful for the protection provided by his security team and extends his best wishes for their recovery and to their families.”
Australians go to the polls on 21 May. Mr Morrison – prime minister since 2018 – is hoping to win his conservative coalition’s fourth term in office.
Polls suggest the opposition Labor Party, led by Anthony Albanese, is favoured to win. However, Mr Morrison defied similar polling to claim victory at the last election in 2019.
Mr Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition holds 76 seats in the House of Representatives – the minimum needed to retain power.
Political observers say the cost of living, climate change, trust in political leaders, and national security will be among key issues in the campaign.
In recent weeks, the prime minister has faced accusations of being a bully and once sabotaging a rival’s career by suggesting the man’s Lebanese heritage made him less electable. Mr Morrison has denied the allegations.
Mr Albanese stumbled into his own controversy this week when he failed to recall the nation’s unemployment or interest rates.
Sydney airport warns delays could last weeks on third day of travel chaos
Long queues at Sydney airport’s domestic terminals have continued for a third day, with some passengers missing international connections, as the airport warns delays resulting from a surge in travellers and a shortfall in security staff could continue for weeks.
Chaotic scenes were reported in the departure halls as early as 4.30am on Saturday, with some frustrated travellers, many of whom heeded the pleas of airport chiefs to arrive at least two hours before their domestic flight was due to take off, claiming only one security line was operating.
While the queues that formed early on Saturday are understood to have cleared later in the morning, the airport apologised to affected travellers.
“Traffic numbers are picking up and the close contact rules are making it hard to fill shifts and staff the airport. We appreciate your patience,” Sydney airport said on its Twitter account.
A wave of families travelling as the term two school holidays begin this weekend, combined with close contact rules that are understood to be taking out about 20% of security shifts in any given day, are driving the problem.
Certis, the company that Sydney airport contracts for its security operations, is desperately trying to recruit personnel, while the airport has reallocated back office, IT and retail workers to the departure hall to comb queues so they can prioritise passengers at risk of missing their flight.
“We are working around the clock to resolve these issues and have teams in the terminals bringing passengers forward in order of priority,” a Sydney airport spokesperson said.
He added that the airport is “anticipating it will [be] busy right through the school holiday period and peak over the Easter and Anzac Day weekends, in some cases at 90% of pre-Covid passenger levels”.
“We’re deeply grateful to passengers for their ongoing patience and we’re sorry to everyone who has been inconvenienced,” the spokesperson said. “We would also like to thank passengers for getting to the airport early and treating staff and each other with kindness and respect.”
The Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce was forced to clarify comments he made on Friday that passengers were “not match fit” and that those forgetting to remove laptops and aerosols from their bags at the security check contributing to the delays.
“Just to be clear, I’m not ‘blaming’ passengers,” Joyce said. “Of course it’s not their fault,” he said.
Qantas shed thousands of staff during the pandemic, and outsourced ground crews in a decision that was challenged in court.
On Saturday, Qantas also apologised to a Melbourne family left stranded in Sydney, after domestic flight delays caused them to miss an international trip.
Javiera Martinez, her partner Daniel Capurro and their three children were supposed to be flying to Chile on Friday to visit relatives they had not seen in three years.
But after their 8am Qantas flight from Melbourne was delayed by half an hour, baggage handling and airport transfer delays in Sydney meant they couldn’t make their 11.30am LATAM Airlines flight to Santiago.
Martinez said the airline’s procedures at the airport were chaotic.
“We think Qantas didn’t behave appropriately. I got berated by the person at the counter – they never apologised, they never assumed any responsibility at all,” she said. “It was a rude conversation. We have been mistreated badly I would say.”
The PCR tests they need to travel have now expired and they will have to take them again as they wait for seats on the next flight to Santiago from Sunday.
The airline has apologised and paid for a night’s accommodation in Sydney.
“We sincerely apologise that the family missed their connecting flight on another airline due to delays moving through Sydney airport on Friday,” a Qantas spokesperson said.
The family is among many affected by hold ups amid the busiest travel period in two years, with Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports warning passengers to arrive two hours before domestic flights.
Grace Tame says caller ‘threatened’ against criticising PM
An Australian of the Year and sexual abuse survivor has said she received a “threatening” call warning her not to criticise the prime minister.
Grace Tame made the allegation in a speech on Wednesday, where she said she’d been called by a “senior member of a government-funded organisation”.
She added she was asked to promise not to say anything “damning” about Scott Morrison.
The government has denied knowledge of the call and said it will investigate.
On Tuesday, Mr Morrison made a formal apology to former political staffer Brittany Higgins more than a year after the young woman went public with the allegation that she had been raped by a male colleague in a ministerial office.
Her story sparked national anger, and an inquiry into parliament’s culture which found more than a third of workers had been sexually harassed.
Both Ms Higgins and Ms Tame have been heralded this past year for prompting a national conversation about abuse, power and gender inequality.
On Wednesday, the pair delivered a highly anticipated joint address at the National Press Club in Canberra.
Asked by journalists if she could name the threatening caller and their organisation, Ms Tame said: “if I was willing to name either, I would have put them in the speech”.
But she said the caller had been concerned about what she would say on the evening her successor as Australian of the Year was named.
She said the caller had described her as an “influential figure” and that Mr Morrison would “have a fear” about what she might say “with an election coming soon”. Australia is due to hold a general election before 21 May.
“Sound familiar to anyone? Well, it does to me,” Ms Tame said, before drawing a comparison with her former abuser – a teacher who had raped her as a child and pressured her to stay silent.
Mr Morrison’s office said it had not been aware of the call before Ms Tame’s speech, adding “the individual should apologise”.
“The PM and the government consider the actions and statements of the individual as unacceptable,” a spokesperson said.
But Ms Tame said launching a probe “misses the point entirely”.
“Stop deflecting, Scott. It’s not about the person who made the call. It’s the fact they felt like they had to do it at all,” she tweeted.
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