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WATCH: JAMES CORDEN Honors GEORGE MICHAEL In "The Late Late Show"

James Corden paid homage to musical icon George Michael, who passed away last December 25, in the first live episode of The Late Late Show since the holidays. 

The host took the time to express his feelings about the sad news, remembering the late singer's significance and influence to him, “I feel like I’ve loved George Michael as long as I’ve loved music in a way, and I know so many fans felt the same way. I can remember so many times in my life where I might have felt on my own, and George’s music would feel like...would listen to his song and he would reach his hand out and [say] you weren’t on your own.” 

James also shared the story behind the Comic Relief's Red Nose Day charity sketch that he made with Michael back in 2011 that inspired the famous Carpool Karaoke, a vital part of his career. 

WATCH: GEORGE MICHAEL And JAMES CORDEN's First Carpool Karaoke In 2011!

“So we all have so much to thank him for, for the music he’s given us that will last forever, but we personally here at the show owe him so much,” he said. 

Watch it below!

Video Cortesy: The Late Late Show With James Corden

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