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Jamie Lee Curtis and James Corden Agree That Kids Are a Great Way to Avoid Society

Need to get out of a social obligation? Blame your kids.

On the one hand, having kids means you won’t be able to make a lot of happy hours, dinner parties, and various other social occasions. On the other hand, having kids means you won’t have to go to a lot of happy hours, dinner parties, and various other social occasions.

It’s the latter outlook that Jamie Lee Curtis and James Corden celebrated on last night’s The Late Late Show. Because in addition to, you know, giving your life meaning and serving as vessels for your unconditional love, kids are a great get-out-of-obligation-free card.

“My favorite dinner party is the one that is is canceled an hour before I have to be there,” Corden said. “It’s glorious.”

“It’s the reason to have children because you can immediately blame it on them,” Curtis said. “You know, ‘They have diarrhea,’ and then right away, they don’t want you to come. They really don’t want you to come.”

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“It’s worth having kids just for the lies. That’s absolutely the reason to do it,” Corden replied.

If you’re a homebody like Curtis, who just spent her birthday eating soup, watching The Crown, and going to bed early, then having kids is a great way to avoid leaving the house at night.

It might be a tough pill for new parents used to doing whatever they want to swallow, but for Curtis, whose oldest Annie is 32, and Corden, whose oldest, the aforementioned Max, is 8, have been parents long enough to appreciate this aspect of the gig.

Corden even went on to share a hilarious hypothetical conversation.

“We’d love to be there, but Max has got SARS. We’ll still come. We’d love to come, do you still want us to come? No, he’s fine. He’s got a mask. Oh, I guess we’ll sit this one out then.”