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Balthazar NY restaurant owner calls James Corden a ‘cretin of a man’


James Corden was banned by the owner of the cult restaurant Balthazar in New York.

Restaurateur Keith McNally, who has previously kicked celebrities out of his eateries, said he banned the 44-year-old Late Late Show host because of his treatment of staff.

The 71-year-old also called the host a “little cretin” and said he was “the toughest customer ever”.

In online posts, he claimed James had misbehaved several times at his former restaurant, Café Luxembourg, and left one server shaken.

“James Corden is a very talented comedian, but a little cretin. And the toughest customer of my Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago,” McNally wrote on Instagram.

“After eating his main course, Corden showed his hair to manager Balthazar G, who was very apologetic.

“Corden was extremely unfriendly to Gee and said, ‘Get us another round of drinks this second.’ And also take care of all our drinks until then.”

McNally added on Oct. 9 that James criticized his staff after his wife’s eggs were allegedly not cooked to her liking at breakfast.

“Mr. Corden’s wife ordered an egg yolk omelette with Gruyère cheese and a salad. A few minutes after they got their food, James called their server, MK, and told her that there was some egg white mixed in with the egg yolk. MK reported to the floor manager, G. The kitchen remade the dish, but unfortunately sent it with home fries instead of salad.

Camera iconJames Corden and wife Julia. credit: BANG

“Then James Corden started yelling like crazy at the server, ‘You can’t do your job!’ You can’t do your job! Maybe I should go to the kitchen myself and make an omelette!”

McNally said the server was “very forgiving” and arranged for free champagne for James, his wife Julia Carey, 43, with whom he has three children.

But he said the host was so “unfriendly” to their server by the end of breakfast that she was “shaking” the rest of her shift.

McNally’s post went viral, and the owner told fans that Corden had called to apologize.

“James Corden just called me and apologized. Having more of myself than most people, I am a firm believer in second chances. So, if James Corden lets me host his Late Late Show for 9 months, I will immediately lift his ban on Balthazar. No, of course not,” he wrote.

“But… anyone magnanimous enough to apologize to a slacker like me (and my staff) doesn’t deserve to be banned. Especially Balthazar. So back to 5 & Dime, Jimmy Corden, Jimmy Corden. Everything is forgiven. xx”

McNally told Page Six that he was “reluctant” to offend James publicly, but went ahead “out of loyalty to restaurant servers everywhere.”

He said: “Their job is hard enough. They should not suffer this kind of violence from anyone, especially from the rich and famous.”

Page Six reported that James Corden’s representatives did not respond to their request for comment.


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