A popular celebrity restaurant in New York, Balthazar, issued a temporary ban to James Corden after a string of allegedly “abusive” behaviour.
Keith McNally, owner of the restaurant, claimed in an Instagram post that Corden is, “A tiny cretin of a man,” and, “The most abusive customer to my Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago.” He went on to detail two separate instances of this alleged behaviour, where Corden was rude to waitstaff.
In the first instance, which occurred in June, Corden finished his meal and then showed the manager a hair he found in it. The manager, known only as “G,” was “very apologetic,” however was allegedly subjected to “nasty” abuse from Corden, who said, “Get us another round of drinks this second. And also take care of all of our drinks so far. This way I [won’t] write any nasty reviews [on] Yelp or anything like that.”
The second case, which occurred in October, detailed an instance in which Corden was at the restaurant with his wife. She reportedly ordered an egg yolk omelette, but found some egg white mixed in with it; Corden called their server and sent it back to the kitchen, however, when the dish was remade, it was served with home fries instead of salad. Corden responded to this by “yelling like crazy to the server,” saying, “You can’t do your job! You can’t do your job! Maybe I should go into the kitchen and cook the omelette myself.” G was brought over to the table, and “smoothed things out” by giving Corden promo champagne glasses. The server was reportedly left “very shaken,” by this incident but remained professional and finished her shift.
Just hours after his initial Instagram post, McNally posted about Corden a second time to rescind his ban. In this post, he said, “James Corden just called me and apologised profusely…I strongly believe in second chances.” McNally joked about only rescinding the ban if Corden allowed him to host The Late Late Show for 9 months, however, followed by saying, “Anyone magnanimous enough to apologise to a deadbeat layabout like me (and my staff) doesn’t deserve to be banned from anywhere. Especially Balthazar…All is forgiven.”
Though the comments on the post remain largely critical of Corden and his behaviour, it seems that all is resolved between Corden and Balthazar. Corden is yet to publicly address these allegations.
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