James Corden breaks silence on New York restaurant allegations of abusive behavior: ‘It was disgraceful’

Late night host James Corden opened up on Monday night about the recent drama surrounding his alleged abusive behavior at a New York restaurant, saying he “deeply regrets” making a rude comment to a waiter.

The “Late Late Show” host began his Monday show by acknowledging why he’s been quiet about the drama for nearly a week, saying he tends to avoid responding to rumours.

“I like to take, you know, a pretty British attitude of like, you know, keep calm and carry on. Things are going to be written about me,” Corden explained. “‘Never complain, never explain’ is really my motto. But as my dad pointed out to me on Saturday, he said, ‘Son, well you complained, so maybe you should t ‘explain.'”

Last week, restaurateur Keith McNally banned the comedian of his upscale New York restaurant, Balthazar. McNally detailed reports from his staff that Corden verbally abused a server and made a fuss about the food they were serving him.

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Late night host James Corden broke his silence on Keith McNally’s accusations against him on Monday night.
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McNally called the comedian a “little moron of a man” and said he was the “most abusive customer” his Balthazar servers had encountered in 25 years.

The restaurateur said in an ugly incident that Corden was “screaming[ed] like crazy” at a waiter because his wife’s egg yolk omelet had egg white in it and when it was brought back to the table after it was fixed it came with home fries instead of a salad.

McNally said Corden apologized “profusely” after the post attracted media attention, prompting him to rescind the ban. But things took a turn when Corden claimed he had done nothing wrong “at any level” to the New York Times shortly thereafter.

“Shouldn’t we all be a little grown up about this?” Corden asked the reporter. “I promise you, find out about this restaurant. They don’t know about it. Maybe 15% of people.” McNally called on Corden to “assume” his behavior in another Instagram post.

But the comedian reflected on his behavior during a four-and-a-half-minute monologue on Monday night, explaining that his wife Julia Carey was served food she was allergic to. He also said one incident was recent, but another happened in 2014.

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Keith McNally had banned comedian James Corden from his famous restaurant, Balthazar.  McNally (R) was pictured here in 2005.

Keith McNally had banned comedian James Corden from his famous restaurant, Balthazar. McNally (R) was pictured here in 2005.
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“As her meal went 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. And that’s a comment which I deeply regret,” the “Cats” actor said.

“I understand the challenges of being a server. I’ve worked shifts in restaurants for years,” Corden detailed. “I have such respect and appreciation for anyone who does such a job, and the team at this restaurant is so awesome.”

Corden also lightened the mood by joking about critics hating his “Carpool Karaoke” segment and others being shocked that he was married to a woman.

“The restaurant manager and the waiter, they were lovely, they were lovely. They brought full champagne glasses as an apology, but we were like, ‘That’s not necessary. We don’t have any. no need.’ We had a great time. Even for me, it was too early to start drinking,” Corden joked.

The Late Late Show with James Corden airs Wednesday, October 28, 2020, with guests Chelsea Handler and CL.

The Late Late Show with James Corden airs Wednesday, October 28, 2020, with guests Chelsea Handler and CL.
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But the comedian explained that because his behavior was neither violent nor vulgar, he didn’t realize he was wrong.

“Because I didn’t yell or yell like I didn’t get up from my seat, I didn’t insult anyone or use derogatory language, I walked around thinking I didn’t do anything wrong. wrong,” Corden mused. “But the truth is…I made a rude, rude comment and it was wrong. It was a useless comment. It was rude to the waiter.”

File photo of a pedestrian walking past the SoHo Balthazar restaurant in New York.

File photo of a pedestrian walking past the SoHo Balthazar restaurant in New York.
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Corden concluded his monologue by acknowledging that he “had a good conversation” with McNally about the incident, but did not explicitly acknowledge the New York Times interview. He repeatedly said how much he liked Balthazar’s staff and “accepted[s] everyone’s opinion” on the situation.

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“I hope I will be allowed in again someday, so when I get back to New York, I can go there and apologize in person, which I absolutely will,” Corden concluded.

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