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James Corden explains what really happened at restaurant as he addresses incident

Lucy Devine

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James Corden explains what really happened at restaurant as he addresses incident

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James Corden has addressed what happened after a New York City restaurant owner described him as 'the most abusive customer'.

Last week, Balthazar owner Keith McNally took to Instagram where he shared a scathing post regarding two incidents where he was allegedly rude to waiters.

In the post, McNally said he was banning Corden from ever dining at his restaurant again, calling him a 'tiny cretin of a man'.

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McNally later updated his post to say that Corden had called him and apologised profusely.

The restaurant owner described him as 'the most abusive customer'. Credit: London Entertainment/Alamy Stock Photo
The restaurant owner described him as 'the most abusive customer'. Credit: London Entertainment/Alamy Stock Photo

Following the incident, the comedian decided it would be best to address what had happened on his American chat show, The Late Late Show.

"Things are going to get written about me. 'Never Complain, Never Explain' is very much my motto. But as my Dad pointed out to me on Saturday, he said ‘Son, well you did complain, so you might need to explain'," Corden began.

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"Look when you make a mistake you’ve got to take responsibility, so I thought I would share with you what happened.

"A couple of weeks ago, I was in New York with some friends, and we went for breakfast at one of my absolute favourite restaurants. It’s a place called Balthazar. And I genuinely love it there. I love the food, the vibe, the service."

Corden went on to explain that his wife has a serious food allergy, claiming that she was served food she was allergic to.

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"But she hadn’t taken a bite of it or anything, no worries – we sent it back. All was good," he continued.

"As her meal came wrong to the table the third time - in the heat of the moment, I made a sarcastic, rude comment about cooking it myself, and it is a comment I deeply regret.

"I understand the difficulties of being a server. I worked shifts at restaurants for years. I have such respect and I value anyone that does such a job. And the team at that restaurant are so great – that’s why I love it there. The restaurant manager and the server, they were lovely.

"[...] But here’s the truth of it. Because I didn’t shout, or scream – I didn’t get up out of my seat, I didn’t call anyone names or use derogatory language – I’ve been walking around thinking I hadn’t done anything wrong… right? But the truth is I have. I made a rude comment, and it was wrong. It was an unnecessary comment. It was ungracious to the server."

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Corden explained that he rang McNally to apologise, and hoped he would be allowed back in again.

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Topics: Celebrity, James Corden

Lucy Devine
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