“James Corden is a hugely gifted comedian, but a tiny Cretin of a man,” restaurateur Keith McNally said in an Instagram post on Monday. The owner of the New York brasserie Balthazar—which also featured on an episode of Seinfeld—banned Corden from his establishment after the comedian had run-ins with the staff on two separate occasions. “I don’t often 86 a customer, to [sic] today I 86’d Corden. It did not make me laugh,” he wrote.
McNally went on to describe the two instances—in June and on 9 October—of Corden’s alleged “rude behaviour” in his post. The most recent one involved a bit of egg white in an egg yolk omelette that the comedian’s wife had ordered.
“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!’” wrote the owner.
The floor manager smoothed things over with a replaced dish and some conciliatory champagne glasses for the couple. According to him, Corden calmed down and was pleasant to him but continued to be nasty to his server.
However, the ban didn’t even last 24 hours. After going public with his story about “the most abusive customer” in his restaurant, McNally received a call from the late-night host who apologised to him profusely.
“Having fucked up myself more than most people, I strongly believe in second chances. 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 apologise to a deadbeat layabout like me (and my staff) doesn’t deserve to be banned from anywhere. Especially Balthazar,” he said in another Instagram post.
A number of people came forward on Reddit and Twitter to share similar experiences of rude behaviour from Corden, which is not limited to strangers. A pilot shared a story which involved Corden being indifferent to his crying baby and wife.
The comedian’s ban has developed into a meme of sorts with companies and people barring him from a number of places including the airline Ryanair, the fictional city of Ba Sing Se from the Avatar series and the Nebraska Humane Society.