James Corden admits to his ‘rude’ and ‘undignified’ comments on Balthazar

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James Corden faced a choice when hosting the first episode of “The Late Late Show” last week, when he became the focus of controversy after a New York restaurateur accused him of abusive behavior towards his employees.

The funnyman “Carpool Karaoke” chose a little of the two, though he admitted it was “not generous” and made a rude comment to a server who brought his wife an improperly prepared meal at Balthazar, which owner Keith McNally described in an Instagram post last week.

“When you make a mistake, you have to take responsibility,” Corden said at the opening of his CBS show that aired early Tuesday morning.

TL; DR’s recap of the drama surrounding the late-night host began last Monday, when McNally, notorious for being a provocateur, announced on Instagram that he had banned Corden from Balthazar’s small Manhattan restaurant. The restaurateur detailed two cases in which the comedian was allegedly abusive to his staff, including a recent visit during which Corden was said to have yelled at a server for his wife’s meal, an omelette of egg yolks not made according to instructions.

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McNally said Corden returned the omelette because it contained a small amount of egg white. The kitchen remade the dish but sent it back with the wrong side, causing Corden to scream. “You can’t do your job! You can’t do your job!” Corden said, according to McNally, who cited the director’s report on the accident. “Maybe I should go into the kitchen and cook the omelette myself!”

Hours after McNally’s initial posting, everything seemed choppy when he posted that Corden had apologized and was welcome back.

But the peace did not last long: In an interview with the New York Times published Thursday, Corden appeared to deny the accusations. “I have done nothing wrong, on any level,” he said, prompting McNally to return the beef to its former state. “If he goes one step further and apologizes to the two servants he offended, I will let him eat for free at Balthasar for the next ten years,” McNally wrote.

In his opening monologue on Tuesday, Corden gave a more innocent account of the scene than McNally suggested. He said his wife specified that the omelette was made from all egg yolks because she had a “serious allergy,” which they explained to the waiter.

Corden said his wife received food she was allergic to, and they brought it back without any jitters. “When her meal came wrongly on the table the third time, in the midst of this moment, I made a rude sarcastic comment about cooking it myself,” he said. “It’s a comment I deeply regret.”

Corden also provided an explanation for his initial denial that he had done nothing wrong, stating that he had done some thought about the accident. He said, “Because I didn’t shout or scream or call anyone names… I was walking around thinking I had done nothing wrong, but the truth is I did.” “I made a rude comment, and that was a wrong comment. It was an unnecessary comment. It was indecent for a servant.”

Corden said he called McNally to talk about it and thought they had “cleaned up the atmosphere…in private.” But he said, “At that point, the story was there, and people were upset.”

The late-night host, who will be leaving his long party next year, has indicated he might take McNally on the show that gives him free meals.

“I love this restaurant, I love the staff there, and I hope one day I’ll be allowed to, so when I go back to New York I can go there,” he said. “And I personally apologize, which is something I will definitely do.”

Later in the day, McNally acknowledged Corden’s “tact” and once again, all the axes seemed buried. “It takes a real man to do this,” McNally wrote in a Tuesday afternoon post on Instagram. “In the past, I’ve acted a lot worse than Corden, but I wasn’t man enough to apologize.”

McNally said he lifted his ban on Corden from eating at Balthazar, and instead, jokingly imposed on himself. He wrote, “I will forbid myself from Baltazar for two weeks.” “People who live in glass houses…”

This story has been updated.


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