James Corden is paying the salaries of furloughed Late Late Show staff from his own pocket, it has been claimed.
The 41-year-old has been broadcasting the nightly series from his garage in LA for the last few weeks, due to coronavirus.
According to Variety, CBS covered eight weeks of salary for members of the production team who became sidelined following the changes.
The Gavin and Stacey actor is thought to picked up the responsibility himself, telling some Late Late Show staff that they will be furloughed from 4 May – and that he will be covering their salaries from his own pocket.
While the total cost is unclear, the publication states it is likely to be at least ‘five figures a week’.
James recently made headlines as he opened up about how he was dealing with life in lockdown.
The actor – who underwent surgery this week – struggled to contain his emotions as he lifted the lid on how the pandemic has affected him, during a recent instalment of the talk show.
’I hope [the show] has been a welcome break for you as much as it has been for me in what has been quite a scary couple of weeks,’ the star told viewers.
‘I’ve found it tougher than I ever thought I would. I’ve found myself having these incredible spikes of anxiety and sadness when I’ve allowed myself to think about my family back home in England, or my friends or the people I love.
‘You feel so out of control in it all. It feels so beyond our comprehension, all of it, that I’ve found I just get sort of overwhelmed with sadness in it all.
‘And the truth is what I’ve realised is it’s OK. It’s alright to feel a bit sad.’
James added: ’It’s okay to feel anxious, and the best thing we can all do is try and breathe through that and try and put our minds in a positive place and think, “What can I do to help someone else who might be feeling like this?”’
Metro.co.uk has contacted James’ reps for a comment.
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