The Late Late Show’s James Corden’s latest episode of “Carpool Karaoke” with singer Kelly Clarkson seemingly depicts the comedian flaunting California’s open container laws in his commute through Los Angeles traffic.
Wednesday night’s skit started with Corden calling Clarkson on the phone to help him carpool in his SUV through LA traffic to work at CBS studios, and the two sang some of Clarkson’s jams like “Stronger” and “Since U Been Gone” enroute. The duo also discussed Clarkson’s home life and relationship with husband, Brandon Blackstock.
“I think it’s difficult because obviously I work a lot, and I’m a mom. But we try,” Clarkson said.
“I feel like you might need to reconnect somehow. So I thought maybe we could arrange a date night for you and Brandon, right now,” Corden said as he pulled off on a side street.
Corden asked Clarkson to get in the back seat and pulled out a small table with a rose and fake candle. He also helped Blackstock into the back seat.
Seconds later, Corden popped a bottle of bubbly – “Champaign Corden Bleu” – and poured it into a two tall-stemmed glasses for his back seat passengers. He also took a swig from the bottle for himself while sitting in the driver’s seat.
“It’s like a lovely sparking apple juice or something,” Clarkson said.
Blackstock fed Clarkson a chocolate covered strawberry and the two exchanged some goofy conversation, as a violist played from the front seat, before Clarkson and Corden hit the road again with the host behind the wheel.
The two belted out another karaoke song before Corden pulled into CBS studios.
“Thank you so much for helping me get to work,” Corden said.
While the booze cruise was obviously comedy, and there’s no way of telling what exactly was in the “Champaign Corden Bleu,” the perception seems to violate California law.
The state’s “open container” laws “prohibit driving with an alcoholic beverage in the car that has been opened … even if not consumed,” the Shouse Law Group reports.
“This offense is typically an infraction, punishable by a maximum $250 fine,” according to the law firm’s website. Those under the age of 21 who violates the law face harsher penalties.