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Presenting Cartow Karaoke, the Artist Formerly Known As Carpool Karaoke

Is this … the Cybertruck? Thanks to a very amusing video posted on social media this week, fans of James Corden’s musician-adored “Carpool Karaoke” segment were faced with the cold, hard truth: The Late Late Show host doesn’t actually drive his luxury sport vehicle while subjecting guests to duets, but rather has his very own Tow Mater do the dirty work for him. (Presumably so his hands can remain free for dabbing, smooching, and random acts of crying.) In the above video, Corden and repeat karaoke-er Justin Bieber’s car was spotted in Los Angeles with training wheels (and dozens of cameras) as it was pulled along by a tow truck, although, as Uproxx notes, Corden has indeed driven without such assistance in the past. So why start now? Is it his Cats PTSD? Beep beep, beep beep, nah.

Update, January 30, 7:55 a.m.: James Corden will not stand for this slander. The late-night host took precious time out of the The Late Late Show to clear up the tow-truck controversy. “I know this looks bad, but I just want to say right now that I always drive the car, unless we’re doing something where we think it might not be safe,” he explained, without going into any spoilers for the upcoming Justin Bieber segment. “I swear to you 95 percent of the time, I really am endangering the lives of the world’s biggest pop stars,” he comes clean. “But this is a TV show, not everything is real. Our show doesn’t tape after midnight. We tape at 5 p.m. and pretend that it’s late.” And, in the interest of transparency, Corden revealed the list of “Carpool Karaoke” episodes where he didn’t drive: Meghan Trainor, Migos, Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and the now-infamous Justin Bieber one. So, now that we’ve heard Corden’s Carpoolgate defense, what do you think? Should we still impeach him?

Shocking Footage of James Corden’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Emerges