James Corden and Sir Patrick Stewart shocked onlookers at an awards ceremony when they became involved in a verbal tussle.
James was hosting the Glamour Women Of The Year event in London on Tuesday when the spat took place.
Star Trek actor Sir Patrick (pictured with girlfriend) Sunny Ozell had got up on stage to present Film Actress Of The Year when he criticised James for the way he hosted parts of the evening. He told the comedy star not to stand at the back with his hands in his pocket looking like he would rather be somewhere else when recipients got up to collect their gongs.
If he was joking, it appeared to fall flat with James, and things got worse when Sir Patrick told the portly comic: “From where I was sitting, I could see your belly.”
James told the actor to get on with presenting the award, and started to look at his watch.
He then countered: “You could see my belly. I can see you dying right now.”
As the tension mounted, Sir Patrick retaliated: “Do you want one more? If you fancy one of the Jonas Brothers, cover your belly.” James had earlier joked about fancying heartthrob Nick Jonas, who presented an award.
After telling Sir Patrick to get on with it, the thespian presented the gong to Zoe Saldana, who said: “I like your belly, but I’d like to see Sir Patrick Stewart dying on stage any day.”
James then said: “I feel bad for people who haven’t seen my belly.” To huge applause he then lifted his T-shirt and showed off his tummy.
“OK, can we get a taxi really quickly please. There’s an old man going home,” he said of Sir Patrick.