James Corden Apologizes for Restaurant Ban Controversy in Monologue

James Corden took some time at the start of Monday’s episode of “The Late Late Show” to acknowledge a recent controversy involving his now-rescinded ban from New York restaurant Balthazar, offering an apology for his “comment rude” that he addressed to the business of the business. reception staff. Corden said he made the comment “in the heat of the moment” after his table was accidentally served a dish his wife would have had an allergic reaction to.

“I didn’t yell or scream. I didn’t get up from my seat. I didn’t call anyone names or use derogatory language. I’ve been walking around thinking I’ve done nothing wrong, haven’t I? But the truth is that I have. I made a rude comment and it was wrong,” Corden said. “It was an unnecessary comment. It was rude to the server.”

Balthazar owner Keith McNally first publicly banned Corden from his business last week, posting a statement on Instagram alleging two separate incidents of rude behavior by the late-night host. But McNally lifted the ban after a phone call with Corden, in which the comedian “profusely apologized”.

“I called him straight away and told him how upset I was that someone had been hurt by anything I had said. We had a good conversation. He appreciated the call,” Corden said in his monologue. “I was glad we were able to clear the air, and I felt like we handled it privately. But at this point, the story was out there. People were upset.”

Corden also offered his own praise for Balthazar — “I love it there, the food, the atmosphere, the service” — and explained why he had been slow to publicly comment on the situation.

“Whenever I get these kinds of moments, I like to keep a very British attitude,” Corden said. “Never complain, never explain. It’s pretty much my motto. But as my father pointed out to me on Saturday, he said, ‘Son, you complained. So you may have to explain.’ Look, when you make a mistake, you have to take responsibility.”

Corden also expressed his hope that he will be welcomed back to Balthazar when he visits New York so that he can apologize in person.

Monday night’s broadcast of “The Late Late Show” represents the first after a brief hiatus for the late-night series. In an interview last week, Corden stated that he had plans to address the controversy on the evening program.

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