James Corden breaks silence on New York restaurant Balthazar ban via owner Keith McNally

James Corden has broken his silence after gets banned and then undone from a restaurant in New York City for bad behavior this week.

In an interview with The New York Timesthe comedian, 44, claimed he had done nothing wrong.

“I’ve done nothing wrong at any level,” he said. “So why would I ever cancel this? [interview]?… I feel so zen about the whole thing because I think it’s so crazy.

“I just think it’s among all of us. It’s under you. It is certainly under your publication.’

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James Corden attends the world premiere of "cats" at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on December 16, 2019 in New York City.
James Corden said he felt completely “zen” about the situation and called it “stupid”. (Getty)

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Corden’s words come after Balthazar restaurant owner Keith McNally called the late night show host “the most abusive customer” to his servers “since the restaurant opened 25 years ago.”

He went on to ban Corden, but later retracted the act when the… cats star reportedly called him to apologize

According to the New York Timeswhile Corden sat with interviewer Dave Itzkoff at another diner, they saw a customer return the eggs she ordered.

New York City-based restaurateur Keith McNally.
New York City-based restaurateur Keith McNally said Corden was his worst customer yet. (Instagram)

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Immediately Corden told Itzkoff, “Can you imagine if we were just berating her on Twitter right now? Would that be fair? This is my point. It’s insane.”

If the allegations against Corden were shocking, nothing was more shocking than when McNally backtracked on his decision to star ’86’ (a restaurant term for barring a customer) from his location.

In a second Instagram post shared hours after the ban announcement, McNally wrote: “I’ve been pushing myself more than most people and I’m a strong believer in second chances. So if James Corden are me late late show for 9 months, I will immediately revoke his ban from Balthazar. No of course not.

Corden and his wife Julia Carey at the 2022 Met Gala. The comedian and host of the late night show has been acquitted of charges of being rude to the wait staff at a prominent New York eatery. (Getty)

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“But…anyone who is magnanimous enough to apologize to a good-for-nothing like me (and my staff) doesn’t deserve to be banned somewhere. Especially Balthazar. So come back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Corden, Jimmy Corden . All is forgiven. xx”

In his first post, McNally had alleged that Corden had “insulted” his staff on several occasions at the French eatery.

“James Corden is a tremendously gifted comedian, but a little Cretin of a man. And the most abusive customer of my Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago,” McNally began in his first message. “I don’t often have a customer, until today I was 86’d Corden. It didn’t make me laugh.”

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