Karen Belz
Updated Jan 04, 2017 @ 7:04 am
Credit: CBS

A lot happened while The Late Late Show was on their holiday break. To catch up, James Corden gave a lovely tribute to George Michael, who he had worked with on a personal level at some point. While many celebrities have honored the late singer, there’s something very genuine and sweet about Corden’s message — perhaps because we can see the emotion on his face.

Corden admitted that the news hit him very hard.

The two met in 2011 for a Comic Relief Red Nose Day charity sketch, and this was the sketch that’d one day inspire Carpool Karaoke. Here’s Corden’s tribute, along with the (very funny) moment.

Who knew that George Michael would help make such an incredible segment become a reality?

We could truly feel Corden’s pain — without a doubt, these two definitely had a connection. We’re so thankful for James Corden for sharing his words and his incredible memories.