English comedian James Corden has been banned by the owner of a popular restaurant in New York City.
English Comedian, Actor, and TV host James Corden is one of the most famous faces in the British entertainment industry. However, the award-winning comedian was recently banned from the popular New York restaurant, Balthazar, for displaying abusive behaviour towards the restaurant’s staff members on multiple occasions.
These incidents were made public when restaurant owner Keith McNally took to his social media account to call out the television host. McNally, who described Corden as “a hugely gifted comedian, but a tiny cretin of a man,” explained that his untoward behavior towards the restaurant workers had happened on two occasions.
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The first incident occurred in June when after Corden finished his meal, he showed a hair to the manager, implying it had been in his food. Although this occasionally happens in all restaurants, McNally noted that Corden’s behavior was insulting.
According to McNally, Corden unpleasantly ordered the manager around. He claimed the TV host asked him to take care of all the drinks he and his tablemates had before he requested another round as compensation.
The second incident happened five months after, in November, when Corden visited the restaurant with his wife. Describing the incident, McNally wrote:
“Mr. Corden’s wife ordered an egg yolk omelette with gruyere cheese and salad. A few minutes after they received the food, James called their server[…] and told her there was a little bit of egg white mixed with the egg yolk. Unfortunately sent it with home fries instead of salad.”
Afterward, the host of “The Late Show” began screaming at the server, asking why they couldn’t do their job correctly and if he would need to go into the kitchen and cook the omelette himself. According to McNally, Corden was the most abusive customer he had seen at the restaurant in its 25 years of business.
However, McNally has since lifted the ban after revealing the comedian had called and apologized profusely for his unruly behaviour. He said:
“Anyone magnanimous enough to apologise to a deadbeat layabout like me (and my staff) doesn’t deserve to be banned from anywhere. Especially Balthazar.”
The restaurant owner explained he believed in second chances and was willing to give one to the TV show host. According to the BBC, Corden’s team was contacted for a statement; however, the comedian has not addressed the issue publicly.