Let’s do a quick recap, so I’ll try to keep this brief.
Keith McNally called James out two weeks ago for being “most abusive customer to my Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago.”
“James Corden is a Hugely gifted comedian, but a tiny Cretin of a man,” he said.
Then Keith said that James called him and apologized.
“James Corden just called me and apologized 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.”
“I feel so Zen about the whole thing. Because I think it’s so silly. I just think it’s beneath all of us. It’s beneath you. It’s certainly beneath your publication.”
Then Keith posted this response to James’s New York Times comments:
“I wish James Corden would live up to his Almighty initials and come clean. If the supremely talented actor wants to retrieve the respect he had from all his fans (all 4 of them) before this incident, then he should at least admit he did wrong. If he goes one step further and apologizes to the 2 servers he insulted, I’ll let him eat for free at Balthazar for the next 10 years.”
He blamed the misunderstanding on his wife’s food allergy.
“My wife explained that she has a serious food allergy, so when everybody’s meals came my wife was given the food that she was allergic to but she hadn’t taken a bite of it or anything, so no worries, we sent it back, all was good.”
“As her meal came wrong to the table a third time, in the heat of the moment, I made a sarcastic, rude comment about cooking it myself.”
“It was never my intention, it just wasn’t. And I love that restaurant, I love the staff there. I hope I’m allowed in again one day when I’m back in New York so I can go there and apologize in person, which is something I’ll absolutely do.”
“I mean, it’s so odd. I never screamed at anyone, I didn’t shout, didn’t call anyone a name or swear or use derogatory language … How is it remotely a thing? And that be OK? And now it’s fact, and that’s that. When that person who posted the story wasn’t even there. Just so odd.”
These comments pissed Keith off, and he called out James for his “massive lie.”
“On second viewing, I found his TV ‘confessional’ contrived and phony. The actor will say anything to save his bacon.”
“In the scheme of things my opinion means nothing, but after Friday’s interview and a second look at his fraudulent confessional, I’ve given up on James Corden. For Good.”
So, guys, I guess that’s it! Until next time (James is rude to waitstaff). Bye!