This TV Host Was Publicly Banned From an NYC Restaurant for Being "Abusive"

The owner claims the star made demands and yelled at his staff.

When something is 86'd at a restaurant, it means that either an item is no longer available or that a person in the restaurant is being kicked out. And while it doesn't usually make national news when either of those things happen, on Monday, one well known New York restauranteur announced on social media that a famous TV host was being banned from his establishment. He claimed that it was because the actor and TV personality was "abusive" toward the staff and shared two examples he said were from manager's reports.

The owner later shared that the celebrity had made amends, but that didn't happen before the post about his alleged behavior went viral. Read on to find out more.

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The restaurant owner called the host a "tiny cretin of a man."

On Monday, Oct. 17, Keith McNally, the owner of New York's Balthazar restaurant, among others, posted on Instagram that he had "86'd" The Late Late Show host James Corden, calling him "the most abusive customer to my Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago." McNally also said that while Corden is "a hugely gifted comedian" he is "a tiny [cretin] of a man."

McNally—who himself is a controversial figure—wrote that he doesn't "often 86 a customer," but that he had made the decision to not welcome Corden back ever again. He added, "It did not make me laugh."

McNally claimed Corden was "extremely nasty" to staffers.

James Corden at the UK premiere of "Peter Rabbit" in 2018
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After noting that Corden was banned, McNally shared what he said were two manager's reports written up about the host. The first report says that Corden showed a hair (presumably that he found in his food) to a manager, who apologized to him. Then, the report claims, "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.'"

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He also allegedly yelled at a server over an issue with his wife's food.

James Corden and Julia Carey at the 2019 Tony Awards
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A second report says that, during another visit, this one in October, Corden visited with his wife, Julia Carey. Carey ordered an "egg yolk omelette with gruyere cheese and salad." After it arrived, Corden told the server that "there was a little bit of egg white mixed with the egg yolk." The dish was remade, but when it was sent back out, it was with home fries instead of salad.

"That's when James Corden began yelling like crazy to the server," the report claims, "'You can't do your job! You can't do your job! Maybe I should go into the kitchen and cook the omelette myself!'"

The dish was then fixed again, and a manager gave Corden and Carey free champagne. The manager "said that Corden was pleasant to him but nasty to the server," the report states.

McNally says he rescinded the ban when Corden apologized.

James Corden at the 2019 Primetime Emmy Creative Arts Awards
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Hours after posting that Corden was banned, McNally made another Instagram post in which he said that the star had apologized to him and was allowed back in the restaurant.

"James Corden just called me and apologized profusely. Having [expletive] up myself more than most people, I strongly believe in second chances," McNally wrote.

He then joked that in exchange for forgiving Corden, he should be allowed to host The Late Late Show for nine months. McNally added, "Anyone magnanimous enough to apologize to a deadbeat layabout like me (and my staff) doesn't deserve to be banned from anywhere. Especially Balthazar."

In the comments of the post, many people pointed out that Corden should be apologizing to the staff at the restaurant, rather than McNally. Others posited that he was only apologizing because the post about the ban had gone viral—the initial post has over 30K likes.

Best Life has reached out to Corden and to Balthazar for comment but has not yet received a response.

Lia Beck
Lia Beck is a writer living in Richmond, Virginia. In addition to Best Life, she has written for Refinery29, Bustle, Hello Giggles, InStyle, and more. Read more
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