James Corden apologizes for bullying staff at NYC's Balthazar after owner's brief ban in scathing post

James Corden apologizes for bullying staff at NYC's Balthazar after owner's brief ban in scathing post
James Corden was previously banned by Keith McNally (R), owner of NYC's Balthazar (Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images, @Keith McNally/Instagram)

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: Keith McNally, the owner of Balthazar restaurant, one of the famous restaurants in New York City took to Instagram to ban famous comedian James Corden from his restaurant. He complained about Corden's harsh complaints and behavior towards the staff over an omelet. However, Keith has now claimed that the comedian has apologized 'profusely' to him for his act. Keith is now ready to give him a 'second chance' and has dropped the ban.

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The incident happened at the restaurant on Sunday, October 9, as the 44-year-old entertainer complained about an omelet in a harsh tone, and this added up to a previous incident that happened in the summer where the 'The Late Late Show' host verbally abused another staff, reports Daily Mail.

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Keith's Instagram post read, "James Corden just called me and apologized profusely. Having f****d up myself more than most people, I strongly believe in second chances. So if James Corden lets me host his Late Late Show for 9 months, I’ll immediately rescind his ban from Balthazar."

He then added, "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"

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Meanwhile, in an earlier post, the owner of one of New York's best eateries claimed, "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. I don't often 86 a customer, to today I 86'd Corden. It did not make me laugh."

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Further, he quoted two instances, "Here are two examples of the funny man's treatment of my staff. MANAGER'S REPORT # 1: 'In June, James Corden was here on table 61. (Although this is diabolical, it happens Very occasionally in all restaurants.) 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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He then added the second instance, "James Corden was at Balthazar with his wife on October 9th for brunch. He asked for a table outside. Brunch Maitre D' Allie Wolters took the party to table 301. Mr Corden's wife ordered an egg yolk omelet with gruyere cheese and salad."

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Keith also added, "A few minutes after they received the food, James called their server, MK, and told her there was a little bit of egg white mixed with the egg yolk. MK informed the floor manager, G The kitchen remade the dish but unfortunately sent it with home fries instead of salad."

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Further, he claimed, "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!" MK was very apologetic and brought G over to the table."


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"He returned the dish, and after that, everything was fine. He gave them promo Champagne glasses to smooth things out. G said that Corden was pleasant to him but nasty to the server.' MK was very shaken but professional and continued to finish her shift," said the owner. 

Meanwhile,  the famous restaurant, which mainly serves French cuisine, has Vogue editor Anna Wintour and actress Sienna Miller among its regular clientele claims Daily Beast. Keith is also popular for his high-profile restaurants in Manhattan, including Pastis, Morandi, and Minetta Tavern. The hotelier has previously banned Graydon Carter for making reservations for 12 people at Morandi, however, the Vanity Fair's former editor did not turn up, reported People.

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According to ABC, earlier, Corden announced he is stepping down from 'The Late Late Show' on CBS television in 2023 after eight years in the job, a network spokesperson said on Thursday, April 28, a departure that may signal a larger shift in the direction of late-night television. “It’s been it’s a really hard decision to leave because I’m so immensely proud of the show. I’m thrilled to be extending [for a year],” Corden said. “I always thought I’d do it for five years and then leave and then I stayed on. I’ve really been thinking about it for a long time, thinking whether there might be one more adventure.”

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However, the comedian has received criticism for his behavior on his show. As previously reported by MEAWW, one of the recent encounters was when Corden cracked a series of jokes about BTS army and even went on to address them as a group of 15-year-old girls. He said, “The United Nations General Assembly kicked off this morning in New York City, and it started with some pretty unusual visitors. BTS were there. BTS visited the UN."

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He then added, "Although lots of people are saying why are BTS there, the world leaders have no choice but to take BTS seriously. BTS has one of the largest ARMY on the planet earth. Historic moment. It actually marks the first time that 15-year-old girls everywhere found themselves wishing that they were Secretary General António Guterres.” 

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