You apparently never want James Corden to be a patron at your restaurant — or else face the tongue-lashing of your life. Or so said New York City restauranteur Keith McNally, who publicly called out the late night host for being rude to his staff on several occasions. "James Corden is a hugely gifted comedian, but a tiny cretin of a man," he wrote.
It all came out in a post on Instagram on October 17 where McNally (@keithmcnallynyc) not only called Corden out on his bad behavior, but banned him from his restaurant Balthazar.
In the caption of the post, McNally blasted Corden, calling him the "most abusive customer to my Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago."
"I don't often 86 a customer, to today I 86'd Corden. It did not make me laugh," he added.
McNally shared two examples of Corden's alleged misbehavior, including one in which Corden demanded a round of drinks for free after claiming he found a hair in his food. "This way I [won't] write any nasty reviews in yelp or anything like that," he claimed Corden said.
In another incident, Corden berated waitstaff after his wife found one of his wife's egg whites mixed with its yolk. "That's when James Corden began yelling like crazy to 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!'" the caption states.
Woof, okay this was not a good look and people in the comments section were truly outraged. "He’ll never carpool karaoke in this town again!!!" one commenter joked. "One can tell the true character of a person based on how they treat their server," another commenter chimed in. "My number one rule, never trust anyone who is rude to waiters or those who help you in any way ," someone else agreed.
Thankfully, it seems like Corden got the message. In a follow up post, McNally wrote that the Late Late Show host reached out to him and apologized.
"I strongly believe in second chances," McNally explained. "So if James Corden lets me host his Late Late Show for 9 months, I’ll immediately rescind his ban from Balthazar. No, of course not. But....anyone magnanimous enough to apologize to a deadbeat layabout like me (and my staff) doesn’t deserve to be banned from anywhere. Especially Balthazar," he added.
"All is forgiven," he wrote.