James Corden is under fire after being banned from the New York City restaurant Balthazar for abusing the staff.
As recounted by delish, in the space of 24 hours The Late Late Show host James Corden was banned from the New York City restaurant Balthazar, and then succeeded in getting owner Keith McNally to lift the ban after an apology. McNally posted his reasons for the initial ban on Monday describing two incidents in which he said Corden — who he calls a “tiny Cretin of a man” — was allegedly abusive to his staff. Users on Twitter and other social media platforms are having a ball with the news.
According to McNally’s Instagram post, James Corden is “the most abusive customer” he’s encountered at Balthazar in 25 years. He reproduced two series of manager’s notes chronicling different confrontations between the host and his employees. In the first, unfolding in June, Corden reported a hair in his food to his server, but only after finishing his main course.
James Corden was allegedly “nasty” to the server and demanded all the drinks at his table be comped and threatened writing a bad online review if it didn’t happen. In the other example, taking place only a couple of weekends ago, Corden sent his wife’s omelette and salad back to be remade and when the new order arrived, the omelette came with home fries instead of a salad. Corden supposedly began “yelling like crazy” including barking at the server, “You can’t do your job! Maybe I should go into the kitchen and cook the omelette myself!”
“I don’t often 86 a customer… today I 86’d Corden,” McNally wrote on Instagram. “It did not make me laugh.”
By the following day, McNally had a new Insta post up, saying that James Corden had called him and “apologized profusely” and that the ban was lifted. “[A]nyone magnanimous enough to apologize to a deadbeat layabout like me (and my staff) doesn’t deserve to be banned from anywhere,” McNally wrote.
Judging by the fact that it wasn’t that long ago fans started an online petition to keep James Corden out of the upcoming big screen adaptation of Wicked, in spite of there being not even any rumor mill chatter that Cordon was attached to the project, it’s clear a lot of fans are fed up with the host. In many cases, users on Twitter expressed their frustration not by calling for the host to be canceled, but by writing hilarious and satirical “accusations” against Corden. Here are some wonderful examples.
The news of James Corden’s Balthazar ban — no matter how temporary — is yet another sign that in terms of public perception, the host may very well be the Anti-Keanu-Reeves. Most of the incidents for which he gets called out involve Corden coming off as so criminally self-unaware that he should be managing a Dunder Mifflin office. For example there was last August when Corden and his Cinderella co-stars literally stopped traffic with a promotional flashmob.
Corden took heat in the incident not only for stopping the progress of daily LA traffic, but for being recorded thrusting his hips at nearby motorists.