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James Corden to Appear with Rival Seth Meyers on 'Late Night'

You scratch my back, and we’ll see where it goes from there.

James Corden and Seth Meyers are striking a peace that Conan and Leno could never find.

The host of “The Late Late Show with James Corden” is set to appear on the June 8 episode of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on NBC. The interview comes just days before Corden is set to host the Tony Awards on CBS on June 12.

While it may seem strange for two men who are timeslot rivals to appear together, Corden says that the two are actually good friends and that Meyers has been very supportive since Corden joined the late-night fray.

“Books have been written about late-night wars, and people talk about what a competitive environment it all is, but I must say it’s been such a relief to join the ranks of such a lovely and welcoming group of hosts,” Corden told Entertainment Weekly in March.

“When it leaked that I would be taking over this show, the first email I got was from Seth Meyers, saying, ‘Oh my God, this is going to be great!’” he continued. Corden also said that the reason he and Meyers bonded so much is because “we support the same soccer team.”

Corden comes off as one of those people whom it seems is impossible to not like. As a host, he is reminiscent of Mike Douglas, always thrilled to be around his guests. That hosting style didn’t grab me, but his “Carpool Karaoke” segments have hooked me big time. He always seems to be having fun, and that wears off on even the crankiest among us.

This seems to be a smart professional move for both. Late night television is constantly trying to find ways to keep people from binge-watching streaming content, and there is probably strength in numbers here. More and more Americans are cutting the cable cord, and they aren’t all subscribing to every streaming service available. There is a real opportunity for over-the-air networks to recapture viewers that may have wandered away in recent decades.

On the next page is a little taste of “Carpool Karaoke” for those of you who haven’t yet had the pleasure.