James Corden Talks Restaurant Drama In First Interview – Hollywood Life


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James Corden get comments around him banned (and subsequently unbanned) from restauranteur Keith McNally’s restaurants roll off his back. The late-night host, 44, addressed the fact that he was briefly suspended for alleged bad behavior at New York’s Balthazar in a New York Times profile, published on Thursday, October 20. “I didn’t do anything wrong, on any level,” he told the outlet. “I feel so Zen about the whole thing. Because I think it’s so silly. I just think it’s among all of us.”

Although James didn’t tell his side of the argument, he seemed to be in good humor about it. Times reporter Dave Itzkoff recounted a joke the comedian made after a woman at a table seated near them complained about her eggs, apparently in reference to one of the incidents Keith listed, where James allegedly complained about his wife Julia Carey’egg yolk omelette. Still, The Late Late Show host noted that he’ll “probably have to talk about it on Monday’s show.”

James also compared social media to a principal having school bullies speak at an assembly. (Earl Gibson III/Shutterstock)

Overall, James appeared unscathed and said he wasn’t following the online conversation around him. “I haven’t read anything yet. It is strange. It’s strange when you were there,” he said. “My feeling is often, never explain, never complain. But I’ll probably have to talk about it.”

Despite a lot of backlash online, the “Carpool Karaoke” host admitted that it didn’t translate too much in the real world, suggesting that very few people in the restaurant where the interview took place would even be aware of it . “Shouldn’t we all grow up a bit about this?” he said. “I was here, walking around New York, not one person came to me. We are dealing here in two worlds.”

James and his wife Julia at the Met Gala in May. (Stephen Lovekin/BEI/Shutterstock)

Keith McNally’s Instagram post made James a hot topic after the restaurateur called him a “cretin of a man” and claimed he was the “most abusive customer”. After posting the alleged manager’s reports, Keith posted a follow-up saying the comic called and “profusely apologized,” and he rescinded the ban. “Having screwed myself up more than most people, I believe strongly in second chances,” he wrote. “Anyone who is magnanimous enough to apologize for a deadbeat like me (and my staff) does not deserve to be banned anywhere. Especially Balthazar.”


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