James Corden admits he was “rude” and “inelegant” in an incident that eventually resulted in him being banned from a New York restaurant.
actors and comedians are brief Balthazar banned from entering Manhattan Last week, its owner Keith McNally claimed in social media posts that he had been “very annoying” to his staff on two separate occasions.
Speaking about the incident on the latest episode of his talk show The Late Late Show, Corden said he never intended to upset restaurant staff, but said he was taking “she” at his wife, Julia Allergic food “react to the fact”.
The 44-year-old added that since then he has been “walking around thinking I did nothing wrong“.
“I didn’t yell or scream, I didn’t get up from my seat, I didn’t call anyone’s name or use derogatory language,” he said on the CBS show.
“But the truth is I made a rude, rude comment. It was wrong. It was an unnecessary comment and it was rude to the waiter.”
The Gavin and Stacey star explained that he contacted Mr McNally “immediately” after seeing his post and they “had a great conversation”.
“He appreciates the call. I’m glad we were able to clear the air. I feel like we dealt with it privately … but at this point, the story is there and more people are upset,” he said.
After Mr McNally posted the story online, it sparked outrage on social media, with Corden showing his viewers some snarky tweets about him.
“I get it. I totally get it. I understand that everybody gets upset, and I take everybody’s opinion,” he said.
He added that he hopes to return to the restaurant to “apologise in person” when he returns to New York.
Mr McNally said what happened?
In an Instagram post, the popular restaurateur described Corden as “the most abusive customer to my Balthazar server since the restaurant opened 25 years ago.”
He claimed he was “very annoying” to a staff member after a hair was found in his food.
While admitting the discovery was “diabolical”, he added that the manager at the time was “very sorry”.
Calling him a “man’s little idiot”, he claimed the celebrity asked for a round of free drinks “for a second” and also wanted the restaurant to “take care” of all the drinks on his table.
In the second incident, Mr McNally claimed Corden complained that his wife’s omelette had “a bit of egg white mixed with yolk”.
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His post continued: “The kitchen has recreated this dish, but unfortunately it’s served with homemade chips instead of a salad.
“That’s when James Corden started yelling frantically at the waiter: ‘You can’t do your job! You can’t do your job! Maybe I should go into the kitchen and make my own omelette!'”
However, hours after announcing he was “86” (an American slang term for hospitality, not “banned”), Mr McNally wrote another post saying the ban had been lifted following Corden’s apology .