James Corden slams Hollyoaks for fat shaming after describing role on soap as hell on earth


JAMES Corden has slammed Hollyoaks for fat shaming after describing his role on the soap as “hell on earth”.

The 41-year-old Late Late Show host used to play a caretaker named Wayne and stood up to show execs when they tried to mock his character’s eating habits.

James Corden said he would rather “die” than return to Hollyoaks
The actor and TV host played college caretaker Wayne in Hollyoaks

In an interview with The New Yorker, Carpool Karaoke star James said he once refused to perform a scene where Wayne’s locker was decorated with photos of junk food.

The TV host said: “I thought that they were just really being nasty about anyone that’s overweight.”

He added: “I remember saying to the guy: ‘I don’t know one person who would take a picture of a hot dog and a burger and stick them on the wall.’”

James has never looked back fondly on his time on Hollyoaks, where he worked in 1999 and 2000.

James had a bit part in Hollyoaks in his early days
He played a caretaker, saying he was fat-shamed

He criticised the working environment on set saying it was “hell on earth”.

He had no desire to return to the set and take up his role again, saying he would “rather die.”

James has spoken with much more fondness for his hit show Gavin and Stacey.

He and fellow writer Ruth Jones have hinted at a huge show follow-up based around what Smithy said after Nessa proposed in the Christmas special.

He is famous for interviewing huge stars like Simon Cowell(centre) and Michael Douglas on his show, and has never looked back to his ‘hellish’ Hollyoaks days
James relocated to the States with wife Julia and kids when he was offered The Late Late Show role

The teasing comment delighted viewers of the heart-warming BBC series, which returned for the one-off in December.

Fans were kept on tenterhooks at the end of the hour-long episode when Nessa, mum to Smithy’s son baby Neil, proposed in her typically blunt manner.

As the credits closed he left stunned but offered no response – yet the pair, who write the show and star as Smithy and Nessa too, have suggested there is more to come.

They told Metro Online: “Its mind-blowing that so many people watched our show we still cant get our heads around it, what a massive compliment.

“We just hope one day we can let them know what Smithy said next.”

Gavin and Stacey is tipped to return to tell the story of ‘what Smithy said next’


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