Watts cried after recalling his familyâ€™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.
â€œItâ€™s hard,â€ said Watts. â€œThereâ€™s so much happening.â€
â€œIâ€™m so sorry that youâ€™re feeling this,â€ he told his colleague. â€œI 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.â€
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 heâ€™d been â€œstruggling all weekend wondering what to say to you here tonight, because who needs my opinion? Why is my voice relevant?â€
â€œAnd then I realized that thatâ€™s part of the problem. People like me have to speak up,â€ Corden said, noting that â€œwhite people cannot just say anymore, â€˜yeah I am not racistâ€™ and think that thatâ€™s enough, because itâ€™s not. Itâ€™s not enough. Because make no mistake this is our problem to solve.â€
Check out the video here:
Calling all HuffPost superfans!
Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost’s next chapter