James Corden Revealed The Drama Of Getting Kanye West To Do That "Carpool Karaoke" Segment And It's A Lot

    In the immortal words of Kris Jenner: "For the love of Kanye."

    You probably won't be surprised to hear that Kanye West is apparently* not the easiest person to work with.

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    *I say "apparently" because, having not personally worked with Kanye before, I can't say for sure. However, it doesn't exactly seem like too much of a stretch.

    And, if James Corden's anecdotes about trying to get Kanye to do a "Carpool Karaoke" segment are anything to go by, it sounds like a lot of stress and effort to get on the same page as the rapper.


    Last year, for example, James revealed in a game of "Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts" with Kris Jenner, that Kanye had previously cancelled two appearances on the show at the very last minute.


    In fact, one of the cancellations was so last-minute, that James was already outside Kanye's house when the phone call came through.

    However, in October, James finally got his wish and had Kanye as a guest for "Carpool Karaoke". There was just one small difference, though — the segment didn't take place in a car, it took place on a plane.

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    So it was more "Airpool Karaoke" if you will.

    But, speaking to Jimmy Kimmel recently, James revealed that getting it all organised was as much stress as you're probably imagining...


    After already cancelling twice before, it was Kanye who approached James and asked about doing the segment with his Sunday Service choir. The first obstacle? That choir is about 150 people strong.

    The next problem, however, was that he wanted filming to take place the following Monday. For reference, he sent this text on Saturday, two days before.


    James revealed that this was almost impossible considering the production team would need to find a bus or truck, get the relevant permits so they could film on the vehicle, and basically get all their ducks in a row in less than two days.

    After rescheduling for Wednesday to give everybody more time, everything was set to go...until it wasn't. While trying to contact Kanye and his team, James got nothing but radio silence back.


    According to James, at 11am on that Wednesday morning, Kanye's team got in touch to say that it wasn't going to happen, which is exactly what you want to hear for the third time.

    But leave it to Kanye to get things organised. He apparently got back in touch with James and decided to step things up a notch or two. This time, he wanted a plane.


    "To his credit, he and his team gets the plane," James revealed, which is probably the least they could do considering it was their idea in the first place.

    Understandably, while driving to the airport, James thought that Kanye might still cancel because...well, it's Kanye.


    James said: "Even as I walked onto the plane, I thought at some point, someone's gonna go, 'Yeah, no, it's not gonna happen today. We're gonna do it tomorrow.'"

    But, as we now know, Kanye was there, ready to shoot off into the clouds and do his thing alongside the Sunday Service choir.

    And it turns out that the stress of organising the episode was worth it in the end. "It was an incredible moment," James concluded.


    All's well that ends well! You can watch James tell the full story for yourself here. Oh, and if you want to see the "Airpool Karaoke" segment for yourself, go wild here!

    Ben Henry is a celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

    Contact Ben Henry at ben.henry@buzzfeed.com.

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