James Corden has revealed why he underwent ‘minor’ eye surgery last month during the latest edition of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Speaking from his home in Los Angeles, the presenter, 41, shared he was forced to cancel a recent hosting stint on The Late Late Show at the last minute after an injury he sustained in 2012 flared up again.
The media personality updated the comedian, 62, on his recovery, insisting he’s hopeful the issue won’t return.
In 2012, the Gavin and Stacey star played Francis Henshall in theatre production One Man, Two Guvnors on Broadway, which saw him injure his eye after hitting his head with a trash can lid as part of a scene.
The actor was left surprised when pain in the organ returned nearly a decade later, stating: ‘And then, for some reason, about a year ago, it flared up again, this little sort of scratch on my eyeball, so I’ve been seeing doctors a lot.
‘A few weeks ago, three weeks ago or something like that, I woke up and I couldn’t open my eye, which meant I couldn’t open either of my eyes. It just hurt.’
In a bid to get rid of the persisting issue, his doctor urged him to go under the knife as soon as possible.
The theatre star recalled: ‘The doctor I’ve been speaking with, he said, ‘Look, I think we have to sort this out. I think this has been happening too many times.”
‘He took one look at my eye, and he said, ‘We’re gonna operate on it now.’ And I said, ‘But I’ve got a show at 5pm’. And he said, ‘No, you don’t.’ He said, ‘You don’t have a show ’til the earliest next week. You’ve got to do this right now.”
James admitted he felt scared throughout the awake surgery, detailing: ‘So right there and then, which I was quite grateful ’cause I didn’t have time to dread it, they just did it.
‘And it’s the strangest thing ’cause you’re awake, but it’s numb, so you can’t feel anything. But all the time I just kept going, ‘Oh, my God, oh, my God, oh, my God.’
‘They clamp your eye open like A Clockwork Orange, and then you can see what they’re doing, but you can’t feel it because it’s numb. And that was it. So, hopefully, touch wood, it’s better, but we’ll see.’
A few weeks ago, the Ocean’s 8 star reassured fans he was ‘doing well and recovering’ in a statement shared on his social media platforms.
As a result, the media personality has been forced to take a break from filming scenes for The Late Late Show from his garage.
The comedian’s statement read: ‘Hey all. I had to have minor surgery on my eye yesterday. I am doing well and recovering, but won’t be able to film new episodes for a few nights.
‘Thank you to everyone who has been watching the Late Late Shows from my garage. I’ll be back soon. Stay safe and well everybody. x.’