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18th Oct 2022

James Corden apologises after being banned from famous New York restaurant for ‘abusing’ staff

Charlie Herbert

James Corden apologises after alleged "abusive" behaviour to restaurant staff

The star was banned by the manager of Balthazar, who branded him a ‘cretin’

James Corden has apparently “apologised profusely” to a top New York restaurateur after he accused the TV star of being “extremely nasty” to his staff.

Keith McNally, the manager of Balthazar, a French restaurant in SoHo, took to social media on Monday to announce that the Late Late Show host was banned from his restaurant.

But the restaurateur has since revealed that Corden phoned him up to “profusely” apologise for his actions.

McNally added that he “strongly” believed in second chances and that he would rescind the ban.

He wrote:  “James Corden just called me and apologised profusely. Having f***** up myself more than most people, I strongly believe in second chances.”

He joked that he would rescind the ban if “James Corden lets me host his Late Late Show for 9 months,” before continuing: “No, of course not. But… anyone magnanimous enough to apologise to a deadbeat layabout like me (and my staff) doesn’t deserve to be banned from anywhere. Especially Balthazar.

“So Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Corden, Jimmy Corden. All is Forgiven.”

Announcing the initial ban, McNally said that while Corden was a “hugely gifted comedian”, he was also a “tiny cretin of a man”.

In an Instagram post, he said that Corden was the “most abusive customer to my Balthazar servers” since the restaurant opened 25 years ago.

“I don’t often 86 a customer [an industry term for refusing to serve someone]… today I 86’d Corden. It did not make me laugh,” he said.

He added that in June, Corden had been “extremely nasty” to one of the managers, while in another incident he yelled “like crazy” at a server because they had delivered an egg yolk omelette to his wife with some white still in it

One of the restaurant managers said that Corden had found a hair in his food, which while “diabolical… happens very occasionally in all restaurants”.

McNally wrote that Corden was “extremely nasty” to the manager, and said: “Get us another round of drinks this second. And also take care of all of our drinks so far”. He also allegedly threatened to leave “nasty” reviews of the restaurant online.

Another manager reported that Corden had brunch at Balthazar on October 9, and his wife had ordered an egg yolk omelette with gruyère cheese and salad.

“A few minutes after they received the food, James called their server… and told her there was a little bit of egg white mixed with the egg yolk,” the manager wrote.

“The kitchen remade the dish, but unfortunately sent it with home fries instead of salad. That’s when James Corden began yelling like crazy to the server: ‘You can’t do your job! You can’t do your job! Maybe I should go into the kitchen and cook the omelette myself!'”

The manager said he had given them champagne, after which “Corden was pleasant to him but nasty to the server”.

Corden announced in April that he was stepping down as the host of The Late Late Show in the US.

He is said to have extended his contract with CBS to present the show for one more year before finishing in the summer of 2023.

JOE has approached representatives of James Corden for comment.

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