After a long wait and multiple delays, Friends: The Reunion is nearly here, but some fans are furious to find out that James Corden will be its host. The trailer was released at last this week, revealing that Corden will lead the retrospective discussions. Some are rethinking their commitment to watching this special.
Corden is the musically-inclined, often over-earnest host of The Late Late Show on CBS, and some out there simply don't care for his style. They complain that Corden is everywhere nowadays — often in productions that are virtually unavoidable for them, such as the Friends reunion. Given that Corden had nothing to do with the original series, they wonder why needs to be involved in the reunion special.
On Saturday, Corden was trending on social media for a while as Friends fans fumed about his part in the reunion. This drew input from those who dislike both Friends and Corden as well, putting an even more sour spin on the story.
A few fans defended Corden online, but they were definitely in the minority. Friends: The Reunion premieres on Thursday, May 27 on HBO Max. Scroll down for a look at the backlash the backlash to Corden's casting.
Friends with— SHANE REACTION (@imshanereaction) May 19, 2021
reunion James Corden pic.twitter.com/R6hWimlLVe
Those who have been waiting eagerly for this reunion special felt immediately let down by Corden's involvement. They took it as a bad sign about the whole production.prevnext
You're telling me James corden is gonna be there but not Paul Rudd tf??? pic.twitter.com/GusTfMqCCm— Nikki// MARVEL IS SWEEPING THE FLOOR CLEAN ERA (@nikiwidow) May 20, 2021
Many fans could not help comparing Corden's attendance with the notable absences from the reunion special. They questioned why an ancillary star like Paul Rudd was not called in to mediate the whole thing.prevnext
So James Corden isn’t just in the Friends Reunion? He’s HOSTING IT???! pic.twitter.com/jyDsrNDjDt— cameron⚡️ (@cameronwrjones) May 19, 2021
when you see the Friends reunion special is hosted by James Corden pic.twitter.com/3xrDJpaSpB— Sean (@SeanStanglandDH) May 19, 2021
Friends reaction GIFs are in high circulation these days, and many applied their favorites to the news of Corden hosting.prevnext
Quick. How do we make a Friends reunion even more unwatchable? How about James Corden?— DLC (@dalecleven) May 20, 2021
Some who were already rolling their eyes at the idea of a Friends reunion declared that Corden would make it downright "unwatchable." They marveled at the stacked-up bad decisions.prevnext
James Corden’s agent when someone in Hollywood tries to make something without him in it pic.twitter.com/RCLBqfOc9W— Steph Johnson (@ScouseBirdBlogs) May 20, 2021
the devil works hard but james corden’s agent works harder— ︎joe (@jxeker) May 19, 2021
Many fans insulted Corden by praising his agent, reasoning that they must be incredibly hard-working to land Corden huge gigs like this where he is not necessarily wanted.prevnext
Will be watching a Living Single marathons instead. pic.twitter.com/y6UfowxRzp— Tech TAM (@TheTechTam) May 20, 2021
Some proposed alternatives to the reunion special. In particular, many pointed out Living Single, a sitcom that some believe Friends borrowed heavily from. It's streaming now on Hulu, with a free trial available here.prevnext
James Corden is hosting the Friends Reunion. pic.twitter.com/3OUouzRSya— Adam 🇵🇸 (@ADDHolmes) May 20, 2021
Finally, those who were already vocally unexcited about the reunion special are now even more uninterested than before. Friends: The Reunion premieres on Thursday, May 27 on HBO Max.