SHAMED James Corden gets backing from Balthazar owner Keith McNally after grovelling apology

SHAMED James Corden gets backing from Balthazar owner Keith McNally after grovelling apology
Keith McNally is the owner of NYC's Balthazar where James Corden bullied the staff (Instagram/keithmcnallynyc, Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: Keith McNally, owner of New York City's top restaurant Balthazar, who recently called out talk show host James Corden's behavior, now feels "strange" about the whole matter. This comes after Keith revealed that Corden had called him up and apologized profusely for his behavior. 

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In a new post on social media, McNally wrote, "Feeling strange about the James Corden thing. On the one hand, he was definitely abusive to my staff, on the other hand, I feel really sorry for him right now." He then went on to call himself a "coward" who wants it "both ways". Notably, McNally's claims of Corden bullying his restaurant staff led to 'The Late Late Show' host being "canceled" by netizens.

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The restaurateur shared an image of him inside the restaurant with his daughter and her friend. "With my daughter, Alice (in black) and her best friend, Margot Paisner, at Balthazar tonight. Feeling strange about the James Corden thing. On the one hand, he was definitely abusive to my staff, on the other hand, I feel really sorry for him right now. Like most cowards I want it both ways. F**k it, I’m going to get drunk," read the entire caption. 

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Earlier this month, McNally described Corden as "a Hugely gifted comedian, but a tiny Cretin of a man." He went on to add that the talk show host was "the most abusive customer" to the servers at his restaurant since it opened 25 years ago. He also cited two reports from his managers on two distinct occasions, where the first explained that "after eating his main course, Corden showed the hair to Balthazar manager G. who was very apologetic. Corden was extremely nasty to G, and said: 'Get us another round of drinks this second. And also take care of all of our drinks so far. This way I write any nasty reviews in yelp or anything like that.'"

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The second instance was more recent. Corden's wife ordered an omelet but there was a little bit of egg white mixed with the egg yolk. The manager's report states, "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 omelet myself!" These events led to McNally banning the 44-year-old from Balthazar. The ban was soon lifted after an apologetic Corden called up McNally, who then decided to give him a second chance. 

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