Corden-ed off

June 29, 2010, 11:48 PM GMT+0

James Corden seems to be losing his popularity among much of the British, a recent poll suggests.

Having recently appeared in a string of sketch shows and released a World Cup song, 26% of respondents felt that James Corden is ‘overexposed’ and would prefer to see less of him on TV. Men among them are the most fed up (32% versus the 26% total average), whereas the women were relatively more tolerant of the comedian (19%). This oversaturation was tempered by the largest proportion (52%) who professed to not knowing who the celebrity is.

James Corden’s recent spat with Sir Patrick Stewart at the Glamour Awards has also split our respondents. At the awards, when Stewart criticised Corden for standing with his hands in his pockets, looking as if he would ‘rather be somewhere else’, and joked he could ‘see his belly’, Corden responded that he was ‘waiting for the punchline’ and ‘could see Stewart dying on stage right now’.

In response to the row, a significant proportion of the young people we asked (aged 18-24) have leapt to Corden’s defence, (24% versus the average of 13%) positing that Sir Patrick Stewart had provoked him, and that Corden’s response was justified.In contrast, a similar number overall (14%) claim his comments were ‘offensive and disrespectful’. The men were more likely to take this view over the women (19% versus nine percent).

Regionally, Scots appear the most indignant, with an above average 23% of respondents agreeing that the comments were ‘offensive’, in contrast to only 10% of the South.

And the comedian’s musical offering hasn’t gone down well in Scotland either: Scots were the most likely to agree that James Corden and Dizzee Rascal’s World Cup inspired song, ‘Shout for England’, promotes football hooliganism: 20% said it does compared to just seven percent of those who agreed.

Survey details and full results