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James Corden to change popular segment after backlash

CBS late-night host James Corden has announced that he will change a popular segment on his show in response to backlash for mocking Asian foods, USA Today reported on Monday.

“The Late Late Show” host said he will make adjustments to their “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts” segment.

The segment, where a celebrity guest is forced to choose between answering a question or eating a foreign food, got the attention of TikTok user Kim Saira, who labeled the segment as “racist.”

Saira then created a Change.org petition, which now has more than 45,000 signatures, calling for the segment to be removed from the show and for Corden to formally apologize on his show, according to USA Today. 

“The foods that are presented are meant to be ‘gross,’ as they are supposed to encourage the guest to answer his questions instead. However, many of the foods that he presents to his guests are actually from different Asian cultures,” the petition reads. “He’s presented foods such as balut, century old eggs, and chicken feet, and which are often regularly eaten by Asian people.”

Corden recently told radio host Howard Stern that the next time the show does that bit, Asian foods won’t be involved. 

“Our show is a show about joy and light and love. We don’t want to make a show to upset anybody,” Corden told Stern. 

In May, President Biden signed into law the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which is designed to improve the tracking and reporting of hate crimes against Asian Americans.

Speaking to California radio station KCRW, Saira said that she doubts Corden will fully apologize for his segment. 

“I think that the line was really drawn when he decided to mock foods that are used in predominantly Asian cultures,” she said. “There are ways to go about comedy that doesn’t offend or is culturally insensitive.” 

The Hill has reached out CBS for comment. 

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