James Corden Seems Unapologetic About Balthazar Allegations

“I did nothing wrong on any level,” he told New York Times in an apparent reference to his recent ban on Balthazar for repeated reasons of rudeness.
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James Corden is many things to many different people. He’s Bustopher Jones in Tom Hooper’s cold cinematic interpretation of Cats, whether he wants us to remember that or not. He is the former host of Karaoke Carpool and the current server of Late evening. He’s “a comedian with outstanding talent, but a small man,” in the opinion of restaurateur Keith McNally, who banned and then banned Corden from Balthazar earlier in the week. This is on the grounds that Corden has twice evaluated the staff of the Manhattan brasserie and in a spectacular fashion. He also doesn’t seem to be apologetic for what those incidents are, told New York Times reporter Dave Itzkoff on Thursday: “I did nothing wrong on any level.”

OH? What happened here? It wasn’t just Monday that McNally revoked his flawed number 86 on Corden, explaining that Corden had called him and “apologised a lot” in a very “heroic” way McNally decided he wasn’t. “deserves to be banned anywhere”? A little about the face, no?

Cut has reached out to both Balthazar and Corden representatives for clarification on the film, which appears to be still in development, and will update if we receive a response. But in a nutshell, things started happening when McNally posted a pixelated photo of Corden’s smiling face on Instagram, calling him “the most abusive customer of my Balthazar servers.” since the restaurant opened 25 years ago” in the caption. McNally made two incidents in support of his ban on Corden patronage. According to a manager’s report from June, Corden allegedly complained “extremely annoyed” to staff about a strand of hair he found in his entree – after he had finished food – and ask for “one more drink, this second time. And take care of all our drinks so far. “

As reported by another manager from October 9, Corden allegedly caused a large foul smell at brunch after yolk omelette with Gruyère and the salad his wife ordered with “a bit of egg white mixed with egg yolk.” Balthazar’s kitchen then made a fresh egg yolk omelette, according to the post, but accidentally sent it back with house fries rather than her favorite greens. The mix is ​​said to have driven Corden off the hook: “You can’t do your job! You can’t do your job! ” McNally said he yelled “like crazy” at the server. “Maybe I should go to the kitchen and cook my own omelette!” According to McNally, the complimentary Champagne seemed to excite the guests, but the restored calm did not save them from retribution. Corden became a non-grata character at Balthazar on Monday. Crime: acute rudeness (alleged). And when McNally’s post gained traction, it old revival (and unverified) rumors of other moments of Corden’s reckless, belligerent behavior. The restaurant owner wrote a small question to McNally and “all is forgiven”.

Or it was. Until Corden sat down with Times.

In his conversation with Itzkoff, the comedian appeared to not only deny guilt for the incidents McNally described but also suggested that the restaurant owner punched him when he went public with his complaints. During an interview that took place at Jean-Georges’s Mark’s Restaurant, Corden and Itzkoff overheard another patron complaining to her waiter about the egg she ordered. “Happens every day. It’s happening in 55,000 restaurants as we speak. It’s always been about eggs,” Corden reportedly quipped with a “conspiracy look” toward his interviewer. “Can you imagine now if we just threw her on Twitter? Is that fair? This is my point of view. Is crazy “.

That would be quite a myth considering that Corden is a celebrity with 10.9 million followers on Twitter and his own network chat show, and the woman is just some rando that he eavesdropped on breakfast. But Corden, sounding torn between not wanting to talk about the yolk omelette and wanting to minimize reports of his rampage, dismissed criticism as bullying and suggested that, if asked , the restaurant staff wouldn’t even know what the fuss was about. About. He told Itzkoff, “I was there. I got it. I feel very Zen about the whole thing. Because I think it’s very silly. I just think it’s underneath all of us. It is below you. It’s definitely underneath your publication. “

It doesn’t fall below McNally, though, who doesn’t seem to find any of this silly. “I don’t want to kick a man when he’s down,” the restaurant owner wrote Friday morning in a Tuesday Instagram post featuring a close-up image of Corden’s face. “Especially someone worth $100 million, but when James Corden said in the NY Times yesterday that he hadn’t done ‘anything wrong, on any level,’ he was joking. are not? Or does he deny abusing my server? Whatever Corden meant, his implication was clear: He didn’t do it. Although I did not witness the incident, a lot of the floor staff of my restaurant did.” While McNally didn’t specify whether the ban would go into effect again – we asked Balthazar about it – he did note that “if an extremely talented actor wants to regain the respect he’s from all his fans (all 4 of them) prior to this incident, he should at least admit he did something wrong. “

“If he goes one step further and apologizes to the two waiters he offended,” McNally added, “I will feed him free food at Balthazar for the next 10 years.”

Of course, we’ll be updating our coverage as “BOOM IN TEACUP RESTAURANT”, to quote McNally, continues to cause a stir.

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