Eurovision fans are pleading with the BBC to keep James Corden ‘away’ from the song contest should it be held in the UK.
On Friday, we learned the 2023 Eurovision could be held in the UK, as Vladimir Putin continues his devastating invasion of winners Ukraine.
While there is no definite yet, the BBC have confirmed they are considering the request to host the competition, which in 2022 saw Sam Ryder clinch the UK’s best result in years.
At the same time, we recently learned that Gavin and Stacey actor James Corden is returning home after several years living in the United States (which inspired an astonishing petition trying to keep him out.)
James carved a stellar career for himself Stateside, hosting his own late-night talk show The Late Late Show with James Corden, since 2015.
He also launched the hugely successful Carpool Karaoke, and in 2019 appeared alongside the likes of Dame Judi Dench, Taylor Swift and Jason Derulo in the most horrifying film of the year, Cats.
But despite his successful career, not everyone is happy about James’ potential return home.
And they are really eager to keep him away from hosting the Eurovision.
‘Just started crying because James Corden is coming back to the U.K. the same year they’re hosting Eurovision,’ one emotional person wrote.
‘The only worrying thing about the U.K. hosting Eurovision is the potential for James Corden to host it,’ another said.
One asked: ‘Is it too soon to start a petition to stop James Corden from hosting #Eurovision in the UK next year?’
One Twitter user said simply: ‘Keep James Corden away from Eurovision.’
And another suggested the ‘cursed timeline’ we live in meant it was practically inevitable he would host it.
James announced earlier this month that he was quitting his talk show, which made him a major star on both sides of the Atlantic.
It’s not the first time the actor, who has also appeared in the likes of Doctor Who, has been the subject of campaigns or petitions in recent years.
There were petitions hoping to ban him from appearing in the Wicked musical movie and another slamming his ‘anti-Asian’ game on The Late Late Show.
The latest petition – the harshest yet – urged him to stay in the US rather than return to the UK, saying the British public have already had to ‘deal with the impact of the Tory government, Brexit and Covid-19.’
It described James’ absence as a ‘beacon of hope’ and ‘begged’ people to sign the petition to keep him out.