Watts cried after recalling his family’s experiences of discrimination, noting his father had to reenlist in the U.S. Army and return to Vietnam after failing to find a job because he was Black.
“It’s hard,” said Watts. “There’s so much happening.”
Corden also teared up.
“I’m so sorry that you’re feeling this,” he told his colleague. “I would give anything to be in a room with you and put my arm around you. I would so much. I would give anything to put my arm around you.”
The late night show is being produced remotely amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Corden started the broadcast by commenting on the wave of anger that has spread nationwide following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. Floyd, a Black man, died after a white police officer knelt on his neck.
Corden acknowledged he’d been “struggling all weekend wondering what to say to you here tonight, because who needs my opinion? Why is my voice relevant?”
“And then I realized that that’s part of the problem. People like me have to speak up,” Corden said, noting that “white people cannot just say anymore, ‘yeah I am not racist’ and think that that’s enough, because it’s not. It’s not enough. Because make no mistake this is our problem to solve.”
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