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James Corden is lastly addressing the claims surrounding his alleged “abusive” habits in direction of staff at NYC restaurant Balthazar. While the late-night host did not share his personal model of the incidents reported by owner Keith McNally or affirm that he apologized, Corden mentioned he hasn’t “done anything wrong, on any level,” in an interview with The New York Times revealed on Oct. 21 and carried out the day prior.
“I think it’s so silly. I just think it’s beneath all of us.”
“So why would I ever cancel this [interview]? I was there. I get it. I feel so Zen about the whole thing. Because I think it’s so silly. I just think it’s beneath all of us. It’s beneath you. It’s certainly beneath your publication.” When requested by the reporter if Corden was acquainted with McNally’s accusations in opposition to him and reviews of a subsequent apology, “The Late Late Show” host mentioned, “I haven’t really read anything. It’s strange. It’s strange when you were there. I think I’m probably going to have to talk about it on Monday’s show. My feeling, often, is, never explain, never complain. But I’ll probably have to talk about it.”
Adding that the web chatter was “silly,” Corden attributed the speak about his habits to trolls on social media. “Should we not all be a little grown-up about this? . . . I’ve been here, been walking around New York, not one person’s come up to me. We’re dealing in two worlds here. If I lived on Twitter, Hillary Clinton is the president of the United States and Jeremy Corbyn won by a landslide.”
On Oct. 17, McNally shared that Corden had apologized for his habits towards staff on the in style NYC restaurant frequented by the celebs. After initially accusing the late-night host of mistreating the restaurant’s waitstaff on Instagram on Oct. 17, just a few hours later, McNally mentioned Corden had kindly responded to his claims.
“James Corden just called me and apologized profusely,” McNally wrote on Instagram alongside a photograph of Corden. “Having f*cked up myself more than most people, I strongly believe in second chances.” He additionally joked, “So if James Corden lets me host his Late Late Show for 9 months, I’ll immediately rescind his ban from Balthazar. No, of course not. But . . . anyone magnanimous enough to apologize 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. xx”
Earlier that day, McNally, who additionally owns famed NYC institutions like Pastis, Morandi, and Minetta Tavern, detailed incidents involving the “Late Late Show” host. “James Corden is a Hugely gifted comedian, but a tiny Cretin of a man. And the most abusive customer to my Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago,” he wrote, earlier than explaining an incident in June during which Corden was “extremely nasty” to a Balthazar supervisor after discovering a hair in his dish, and one other just a few weeks prior when he yelled at a server upon receiving an incorrect order. “You can’t do your job! Maybe I should go into the kitchen and cook the omelette myself!” Corden allegedly mentioned to the server.
“I don’t often 86 a customer, [but] today I 86’d Corden. It did not make me laugh,” McNally continued. (“86” is a time period used within the restaurant trade in reference to eradicating a buyer from an institution or an merchandise from the menu.)
Corden’s representatives didn’t instantly reply to POPSUGAR’s request for remark.