Things got emotional for James Corden and his team as the host returned to 'The Late Late Show' after its Christmas break and they all took a moment to remember the man that ultimately inspired 'Carpool Karaoke'.

Pausing at the top of the show, Corden spoke about the music icon that was George Michael and the impact he had on his life, including the Comic Relief Red Nose Day sketch the two shot in 2011 that led to 'Carpool Karaoke' becoming the thing that it is today.

"I feel like I loved George Michael as long as I've loved music," he said, choking up slightly before introducing the sketch.

"I can remember so many specific times in my life where I might have felt on my own and George's music, it would feel like you would listen to a song and he would his hand out and tell you that you weren't on your own and that these feelings weren't particular to you."