“When you make a mistake, you have to take responsibility for it,” Corden said during the opening of his CBS show that aired early Tuesday morning.
The TL; The DR recap of the drama surrounding the late-night host began last Monday, when McNally, who has a reputation for being provocative, announced on Instagram that he’d banished Corden from his Manhattan bistro via Paris, Balthazar. The restaurateur detailed two instances in which the comedian was allegedly violent towards his staff, including a recent visit in which Corden allegedly yelled at a waiter during his wife’s meal, a all yellow omelet which was not done as stated.
Corden, McNally said, had returned the omelet because it contained a small amount of egg white. The kitchen remade the dish but sent it back with the wrong side, prompting Corden to scream. “You can’t do your job!” You can’t do your job! Corden said, according to McNally, who cited an official’s report on the incident. “Maybe I should go into the kitchen and make the omelet myself!”
Hours after McNally’s initial post, however, it all seemed copacetic when he posted that Corden had apologized and was welcome back.
But the peace didn’t last long: In a New York Times interview published Thursday, Corden appeared to deny the charges. “I did nothing wrong, on any level,” he said, prompting McNally to restore his beef. “If he goes further and apologizes to the 2 servers he insulted, I will let him eat free at Balthazar for the next 10 years,” McNally wrote.
In his opening monologue on Tuesday, Corden offered a more innocent account of the scene than McNally had suggested. He said his wife specified that the omelette had to be made with all the yolks because she had a “severe allergy”, which they explained to the waiters.
Corden said his wife was given food she was allergic to and they sent it back without any static. “As her meal was wrong on the table for the third time, in the heat of the moment, I made a sarcastic and rude comment about cooking it myself,” he said. “It is a comment that I deeply regret.”
Corden also explained his initial denial that he had done nothing wrong, indicating that he had thought about the incident. “Because I didn’t yell or yell or insult anyone…I walked around thinking I hadn’t done anything wrong, but the truth is I did,” he said. he declares. “I made a rude comment, and it was wrong. It was a useless comment. It was rude to the server.
Corden said he called McNally to talk about it and thought they “cleared the air…in private.” But, he said, “at that point the story was there and people were upset.”
The late-night host, who is leaving his long-running gig next year, has indicated he may accept McNally’s offer of free meals.
“I love this restaurant, I love the staff there, and I hope I will be allowed in one day, so when I get back to New York, I can go,” he said. declared. “And apologize in person, which I absolutely will.”
Later that day, McNally recognized Corden’s “graceful” mea culpa, and once again all the hatchets seemed buried. “It takes a real man to do this,” McNally wrote in a Tuesday afternoon Instagram post. “In the past, I’ve behaved much worse than Corden, but I wasn’t man enough to apologize.”
McNally said he lifted the ban he had placed on Corden dining at Balthazar and instead jokingly imposed one on himself. “I’m going to ban myself from Balthazar for 2 weeks,” he wrote. “People who live in glass houses…”
This story has been updated.