The owner of the famous New York restaurant Balthazar has claimed that James Corden is the “toughest” customer since the hot spot opened its doors 25 years ago.
“James Corden is a very talented comedian, but a little cretin. And the rudest customer to my Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago,” Keith McNally, 71, said in scathing Instagram post.
Mr McNally, described as the “restaurateur who invented Downtown”, said he had to “86” (kick or ban) the actor from his establishments before sharing “two examples of the treatment of a funny man” with his staff at iconic French brasserie and another of its restaurants, Cafe Luxembourg, Page Six reports.
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The restaurateur first claimed that Corden demanded freebies and threatened to give the eatery a bad review after finding a hair in his food in June.
“After eating his main course, Corden showed his hair to manager Balthazar G who was very apologetic,” he wrote alongside a picture of the comedian. “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 now. Thus I am [won’t] write any nasty reviews on Yelp or something.”
In another incident on Oct. 9, McNally claimed the comedian lashed out at his staff after a dish ordered by his wife, Julia Carey, was not cooked to her liking during breakfast.
“Mr Corden’s wife ordered an egg yolk omelette with Gruyère cheese and 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 informed the floor manager, G. The kitchen reworked the dish but unfortunately sent it with home fries instead of salad.’
The memo continued, “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!”
Mr McNally said the server was “very apologetic” and brought in a manager who returned the dish and gave the British entertainer and his wife free champagne.
However, the comedian was allegedly so “nasty” to their server for the rest of the breakfast that she was “shaken” for the rest of her shift.
Mr. McNally exclusively revealed Page six that he “reluctantly” publicly blasted Corden, but “did it out of loyalty to restaurant servers everywhere.”
“Their work is already hard enough. They should not suffer this kind of violence from anyone, especially from the rich and famous,” he said.
The shocking allegations surfaced months later To the forest he announced the star will no longer be hosting his late-night talk show in 2023.
Page six contacted representatives for Corden, but they did not immediately return a request for comment.
This story originally appeared on Page six and republished here with permission
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