A restaurant owner in New York City said he was lifting a ban on TV host James Corden just hours after calling him one of the “most abusive” customers the restaurant had ever had.
Keith McNally, the owner of the famous SoHo restaurant Balthazar, said on Instagram that “The Late Late Show” host called him and “apologized profusely.”
McNally said that he believed in second chances. “Anyone magnanimous enough to apologize to a deadbeat layabout like me (and my staff) doesn’t deserve to be banned from anywhere. Especially Balthazar.”
McNally said in an earlier post that Corden was a “tiny Cretin of a man” and that he “86’d Corden. I did not find it funny.”
McNally gave two examples of what Corden is said to have done that was abusive.
He used a manager’s report from June to say that Corden had shown a sorry restaurant manager a hair and then demanded:
McNally also said that Corden said he might post “bad reviews” online.
McNally referred to a report from Oct. 9 that said Corden got mad about his wife’s omelet.
The report said that when the kitchen made the dish a second time, they sent it out with home fries instead of the salad Corden’s wife had asked for.
“That’s when James Corden began yelling like crazy to the server,” the report said, accusing him of telling the server: “You can’t do your job! You can’t do your job! Maybe I should go into the kitchen and cook the omelette myself!”
McNally said that the dish was brought back again after the server apologized and brought the floor manager to the table.
“After that, everything was fine,” the report said, adding that the manager gave Corden some free Champagne glasses to “make things better.”
The manager said Corden was “nice to him but mean to the server,” according to the report. The server was “very shaken, but being the professional she is, she finished her shift.”
Corden’s representatives did not respond right away to a request for comment.
Monday, people asked McNally and the restaurant for more information, but neither responded right away.