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

Late-night host James Corden spoke out Monday night about the latest drama surrounding his alleged abusive behavior at a New York City restaurant, saying he is “deeply sorry” for making a rude comment at a server.

The “Late Late Show” host began his Monday show by admitting why he kept quiet about the drama for nearly a week, saying he tends to avoid addressing the rumors.

“I like to adopt, you know, a sort of British attitude of, you know, keep calm and carry on. Things will be written for me,” Corden explained. “‘Never complain, never explain’ is pretty much my motto. But as my dad pointed out to me on Saturday, he said, ‘Son, well you complained, so you might have to explain.’

Last week, restaurateur Keith McNally banned the comedian from his upscale New York City restaurant, Balthazar. McNally detailed reports from his staff alleging that Corden verbally abused a switch and made a fuss about the food he was served.

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

The restaurant said in one ugly incident, Corden “screamed[ed] like crazy” at a server because his wife’s egg yolk omelette had egg white in it, and when it came back to the table after it was fixed, it was accompanied by home fries instead of a salad.

McNally said Corden apologized “profusely” after the post received media attention, prompting him to rescind the ban. But things took a turn when Corden said he did nothing wrong “on any level” to the New York Times soon after.

“Shouldn’t we all be a little grown up for this?” Corden asked the reporter. “I promise, ask about this restaurant. They don’t know about it. Maybe 15% of people.” McNally called on Corden to “own” 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 had been served food she was allergic to. He also said that 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) is pictured here in 2005.

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

“I understand the struggles of being a server. I worked shifts in restaurants for years,” Corden said. “I have such respect and appreciation for anyone who does this kind of work, and the team at that restaurant is so amazing.”

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

“The restaurant manager and the server, they were great, they were great. They brought out full glasses of champagne to apologize, but we said, ‘That’s not necessary. We don’t need it.” We had a great time. It was too early for me to start drinking, too,” Corden joked.

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

The Late Late Show with James Corden airing Wednesday, October 28, 2020, with guests Chelsea Handler and CL.
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But the comedian explained that because his behavior wasn’t violent or vulgar, he didn’t realize he was wrong.

“Because I didn’t yell or scream, like I didn’t stand up, call anyone names or use derogatory language, I walked away thinking I had done nothing wrong. Corden reflected. “But the truth is… I made a rude, rude comment and it was wrong. It was an unnecessary comment. It was rude to the server.”

Stock photo of a pedestrian walking in front of the SoHo restaurant Balthazar in New York City.

Stock photo of a pedestrian walking in front of the SoHo restaurant Balthazar in New York City.
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Corden ended his monologue by admitting that he “had a good conversation” with McNally about the incident, but did not explicitly acknowledge the New York Times interview. He has repeatedly said how much he loves Balthazar’s staff and “take it[s] everyone’s opinion” about the situation.

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“Hopefully one day I’ll be allowed back, so when I get back to New York, I can go over there and apologize in person, which I absolutely will,” Corden concluded.

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