One Direction’s rumored 10th-anniversary reunion has reportedly caused a rift between Simon Cowell and James Corden, both of whom want to host the comeback.
Fans are convinced the group is set to reunite for the milestone later this year (2020), after singers Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson all re-followed former member Zayn Malik on Twitter – five years after his sensational departure from the band.
According to Britain’s The Sun newspaper, Simon, the group’s mentor on The X Factor U.K., wants the band he created to perform on the final of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, while James, who is a friend of the group and has performed a number of skits with them on his late-night U.S. TV program The Late Late Show, is also keen to host their return.
“Simon was their mentor who first had the idea of putting them together as a group and they are one of the most successful acts from one of his shows,” an insider said. “But while all the One Direction boys adore Simon and enjoy working with him, there are other TV shows today.
“Harry Styles is very good friends with James’s executive producer Ben Winston – he even used to live with him – so his inclination is to lean towards James’s show.”
The source also highlighted how the other band members are friendly with James and believe his program is a good platform for the comeback.
Speaking on James‘ show recently, Liam teased of the 10th-anniversary celebrations: “I’m not allowed to say too much because I’d be giving it away but we’ve been speaking a lot more at the moment. I think that we’re all feeling that the 10 years (anniversary) is a very special moment.”