Who is Ellie Toyn? Former BA flight attendant dragged into James Corden vs Keith McNally feud

Who is Ellie Toyn? Former BA flight attendant dragged into James Corden vs Keith McNally feud
Former BA flight attendant (L) was unwittingly dragged into the ongoing James Corden and Keith McNally (inset) feud (ellietoyn/keithmcnallynyc/j_corden/Instagram)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: A former British Airways flight attendant is furious with Keith McNally, NY bistro Balthazar's owner, after he posted a photo of her on Instagram while discussing his conflict with James Corden. The problem with the post was that McNally used a picture of former BA attendant Ellie Toyn without her permission to illustrate the anecdote which concerned a different, unnamed flight attendant.

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The post was about McNally’s experience on a recent British Airways flight from New York to London in which the flight attendant allegedly told him that she didn’t "much care for Corden" either. The picture he used was of 28-year-old Ellie Toyn. Toyn doesn't work as a flight attendant any more, thus it was a concern when she felt that she was being referred to as the crew member in McNally's post. McNally was compelled to retract his claims and delete the Instagram post.

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"Tell me how it's okay for this man to use an image of me without my consent in his drama with (James Corden)," Toyn wrote on Instagram, alongside a screenshot of McNally’s now-deleted post. "I’ve not worked for British Airways for over a year, yet he’s using my face as a cover for this story. This is vile behavior and completely thoughtless," Toyn added. 

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Toyn told DailyMail, "It makes it look like I was really flirting with him and over the top when I wasn't even there. The way he used the picture it's as if he had taken it himself and suggested I was the flight attendant who was very over attentive and then whispered in his ear something about James Corden."

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She continued, "It's really degrading to think he has gone online and used my picture without consent or anything. I've been misrepresented and that's the most scary thing. He's in this thing with James Corden at the moment and I think to use my face in his game - it's just not good enough. I haven't been following it that closely but this is something between two high profile people that is so petty and other people are getting dragged into it."

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McNally quickly got in touch, saying he didn’t mean to offend Ellie. "My sincere apologies. I just wanted to use a random photo of a BA attendant to illustrate an incident that that recently happened to me flying BA," McNally wrote. "My post certainly wasn’t about you personally. I just deleted the post. Again, my apologies."

Keith McNally apologised to Toyn on her Instagram post. (ellietoyn/Instagram)
Keith McNally apologised to Toyn on her Instagram post. (ellietoyn/Instagram)

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