Fallon was slammed for going easy on a fascist, his cutesy treatment of Trump viewed as normalizing the madness.
“There was the thing that happened with Jimmy Fallon and he got quite a lot of criticism,” Corden said, as reported by Entertainment Weekly. “I felt that was really unfair because I don’t think anyone asked him the right questions.”
While Trump never visited The Late Late Show with James Corden during the campaign (though the Access Hollywood bus was his own special Carpool Karaoke), but Corden did have a plan for what they'd do with him. And it's harsher than hair ruffling.
He told the PaleyFest audience:
The game I wanted to play if he came on the show was called ‘Stand By It or Take It Back.’ I would read Donald Trump things that he had said on the campaign trail. I would say, [he’d] have two paddles, you can stand by it or take it back. If you take it back, you take it back forever. If you stand by it, you’ve got to tell me why, and I felt like that was such a good game.
Now that's good.
Corden added that while he doesn't consider his show to be explicitly "political," “we’re definitely not not a political show.”
“When we take swings, you will absolutely know where we stand," he explained.
For example, Corden's segment on his journey through LAX made a powerful statement about the Muslim Ban.