Proof That The Late Gene Wilder Was Really Willy Wonka

September 16, 2016
Following the announcement that Gene Wilder died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, James Corden paid tribute to him on The Late Late Show and proved that Gene Wilder was actually Willy Wonka. 

It was a delightful story, Cordon asked Gene to be on The Late Late Show's first episode but he said no.

The email read:

Dearest James,

I don’t do or go where you are hoping, but I’ll be looking for you.

With my love,


-Mike Draup

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