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James Corden no longer banned from New York restaurant

Lucy Devine

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James Corden no longer banned from New York restaurant

James Corden is no longer banned from New York City restaurant Balthazar, after its owner described him as a 'tiny cretin of a man' over the way he treated waiting staff.

Keith McNally briefly banned the comedian after claiming he was the 'most abusive customer' and writing a scathing Instagram post regarding two incidents where he was 'rude' to waiters.

James Corden is no longer banned from New York City restaurant Balthazar. Credit: REUTERS/Alamy Stock Photo
James Corden is no longer banned from New York City restaurant Balthazar. Credit: REUTERS/Alamy Stock Photo

Since the post was released, Corden has both rang McNally to apologise over what happened, and addressed the incident on his most recent Late Late Show episode.

Following his very public apology, McNally has reversed his ban.

"LAST WORD," he wrote on Instagram. "Last Night on his TV show, James Corden very graciously apologized for his outburst at Balthazar. It takes a real man to do this.

"In the past, I’ve behaved much worse than Corden, but wasn’t man enough to apologize. For this reason, I’m going to lift the ban on Corden and impose one on myself instead. I’m going to ban myself from Balthazar for 2 weeks. People who live in Glass Houses."

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Corden had addressed the incident at the beginning of the show, explaining that while he initially didn't think he had done anything wrong, he soon realised he had.

"Things are going to get written about me. 'Never Complain, Never Explain' is very much my motto. But as my Dad pointed out to me on Saturday, he said ‘Son, well you did complain, so you might need to explain'," Corden began.

"Look when you make a mistake you’ve got to take responsibility, so I thought I would share with you what happened.

"A couple of weeks ago, I was in New York with some friends, and we went for breakfast at one of my absolute favourite restaurants. It’s a place called Balthazar. And I genuinely love it there. I love the food, the vibe, the service."

Corden went on to explain that his wife has a serious food allergy, claiming that she was served food she was allergic to.

"But she hadn’t taken a bite of it or anything, no worries – we sent it back. All was good," he continued.

"As her meal came wrong to the table the third time - in the heat of the moment, I made a sarcastic, rude comment about cooking it myself, and it is a comment I deeply regret.

"[...] But here’s the truth of it. Because I didn’t shout, or scream – I didn’t get up out of my seat, I didn’t call anyone names or use derogatory language – I’ve been walking around thinking I hadn’t done anything wrong… right? But the truth is I have. I made a rude comment, and it was wrong. It was an unnecessary comment. It was ungracious to the server."

We're glad this is all finally resolved.

Featured Image Credit: Imagespace/Robert K. Chin - Storefronts/Alamy

Topics: Celebrity, James Corden

Lucy Devine
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