James Corden has announced that he has switched to a meat-free diet, after having the realisation at Christmas about the double standard he had with the way he perceived animals. Corden is known for his role in hit sitcom Gavin & Stacey, and more recently as the host of the Late Late Show in the US, with the popular segment Carpool Karaoke. His latest guest to feature in Carpool Karaoke is Paul McCartney, who is not only known for being one of the Beatles, but for his meat-free diet.
Speaking to the Radio Times, Cordon said: “At Christmas, I read a story about the mistreatment of elephants and realised I was upset about animal welfare while eating a bacon sandwich. I thought, ‘Well, you can’t really be upset about elephants and not think about the pigs.’ I hope I can keep it [vegetarianism] up. I will certainly try.”
Despite not switching to veganism just yet, Corden has a large audience. On social media the actor and presenter has 10.4 million Twitter followers, and figures from April show viewing figures at 1.41 million of the Late Late Show. With such a large following, there is hope that he can use his position in the media to promote meat-free diets, and potentially transition to veganism in the future.
As everyone’s transition to veganism is different, it’s important to note that removing meat from people’s diets is a great step forward, and the journey is different for each individual. When talking about this switch in is diet, Corden added: “It’s going to be a gradual process.” With this mind-set, hopefully he will continue with the process and make the switch to veganism in the future.