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The Late Late Show just returned from holiday break, and on Tuesday night, host James Corden took some time in the beginning of the show to pay tribute to pop superstar (and anonymous philanthropist) George Michael, who died on Christmas day. "I feel like I've loved George Michael as long as I've kind of loved music, in a way, and I know so many of his fans feel the same," he said.

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Corden talked about how much he loved Michael's music, and also thanked him for helping create what would eventually become Carpool Karaoke, a hugely popular segment on the Late Late Show in which singers drive around with Corden, singing along to their own hits on the car stereo.

In 2011, George Michael and James Corden did a sketch together for Comic Relief for England's Red Nose Day.

In this sketch, the idea was that a character from a sitcom I was in at home was driving to the offices of Comic Relief to try and save Red Nose Day. We had come up with this idea to have me and George Michael singing in a car. It was the first time I'd ever sung in a car with anybody. It's become quite a big part of my life now, and he really inspired it.

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Having a huge star like George Michael do this bit with James Corden is what convinced huge star Mariah Carey to also give it a try, making her the first official Carpool Karaoke guest. According to Corden, she said, "If it's good enough for George, then it's good enough for me. I'll do it."

Corden continued,

So, we all have so much to thank him for, for the music that he's given that will last forever. But we personally, here at this show, we owe him so much.

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