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James Corden’s ‘ban’ from New York celebrity hot spot Balthazar lifted after apology

McNally had earlier alleged that Corden was ‘the most abusive customer to my Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago’

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Neil FetherstonhaughSunday World

Late Late Show host James Corden has been welcomed back to New York celebrity hot spot Balthazar after he apologised for his “abusive" behaviour towards staff.

Corden had been temporarily banned from the famous restaurant by owner Keith McNally, who had earlier said that while Corden was a "hugely gifted comedian" he was a "tiny cretin of a man".

But McNally said he has lifted his ban on James Corden after the talk show host "apologized profusely"

McNally posted parts of a manager's report on Instagram, alleging that Corden had been "extremely nasty" to his staff on two separate occasions.

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However, in an update on Instagram, McNally wrote: "James Corden just called me and apologized profusely. Having ****** up myself more than most people, I strongly believe in second chances."

McNally joked that Corden is allowed to return to Balthazar on one condition.

"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," McNally continued. "But....anyone magnanimous enough to apologize to a deadbeat layabout like me (and my staff) doesn't deserve to be banned from anywhere. Especially Balthazar."

He concluded by addressing Corden directly: "So Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Corden, Jimmy Corden. All is Forgiven. xx."

McNally had earlier alleged that Corden was "the most abusive customer to my Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago".

"I don't often 86 a customer. today I 86'd Corden. It did not make me laugh," he posted.

'Eighty-six-ing' a customer is a colloquial term that typically means to stop serving a person, or to eject them from an establishment.

In his earlier post, McNally also shared alleged details of "the funny man's treatment of my staff", adding that Corden had allegedly behaved "similarly in my former restaurant, Cafe Luxembourg, a few years back".

During one alleged incident earlier this month, Corden had allegedly begun "yelling like crazy" and repeatedly told a server "you can't do your job".

The report added that the server "was very shaken" but "continued to finish her shift".

Corden, who gained widespread notoriety for his “Carpool Karaoke” segments, is set to depart from his role as host of “The Late Late Show” by summer 2023, he announced in April.


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