James Corden Banned From Famous NYC Restaurant, Labeled ‘Most Abusive Customer Ever’ And More

The Late Late Show with James Corden airing Wednesday, May 12, 2021, with guest Sharon Stone.
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James Corden has been banned from a top New York City restaurant by famed restaurateur Keith McNally, who labeled the TV talk show host the “most abusive customer ever” and more.

McNally took to social media blasting the host of the “Late Late Show” as a “tiny cretin of a man” who he said has been “86’ed” as customer of his restaurant, the Daily Mail reported in a piece published Monday. The term “86’ed” has a number of possible origin stories, including a throwback to an old Greenwich Village speakeasy — located at 86 Bedford Street — that had no address on the door. Customers would “86 themselves” in the event of trouble.

“James Corden is a Hugely gifted comedian, but a tiny Cretin of a man,” the owner of iconic New York Balthazar restaurant captioned his post on Instagram. “And the most abusive customer to my Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago.”

“I don’t often 86 a customer, but today I 86’d Corden,” he added. “It did not make me laugh. Here are two examples of the funny man’s treatment of my staff. He behaviored similarly in my former restaurant, Cafe Luxembourg, a few years back.”

McNally then provided two examples of what he claimed occurred at his restaurant by the late host.

The first post mentioned that in June, Corden was at Balthazar and “after eating his main course, Corden showed the hair to Balthazar manager G. who was very apologetic. Corden was extremely nasty to G, and said: ‘Get us another round of drinks this second. And also take care of all of our drinks so far. This way I write any nasty reviews in yelp or anything like that.'”

The second report stated that earlier this month, the talk show host was at the same restaurant with Corden’s wife who “ordered an egg yolk omelette with gruyere cheese and salad. A few minutes after they received the food, James called their server, M. K. and told her there was a little bit of egg white mixed with the egg yolk.”

“M. K. informed the floor manager, G,” McNally wrote.  “The kitchen remade the dish but unfortunately sent it with home fries instead of salad. 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!'”

“M.K. was very apologetic and brought G. over to the table,” he added. “He returned the dish, and after that, everything was fine. He gave them promo Champagne glasses to smooth things out. G. said that Corden was pleasant to him but nasty to the server.’ M.K. was very shaken, but professional that she is, continued to finish her shift.”

At the time of this publication, Corden has yet to comment.

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