James Corden was banned from Keith McNally’s French restaurant in New York, Balthazar, after not one, but two times he was caught being disrespectful. Unfortunately, McNally publicly unbanned him after Corden “profusely apologized”.
The first time Corden was caught acting entitled was when he told the workers at Balthazar to give him free drinks after he found a hair in his food. As disgusting as that is, there’s no need for him to lash out. You can effectively express your concerns if you just call the waiter over and explain, “there is a hair in my food. May I please have another plate. I know this was an accident.” Unfortunately, considering Corden was able to go again, he got away with this type of childish, untamed behavior.
But, not even Corden could make this type of slip-up a second time without consequences. After some egg white was found in a strictly yellow yolk omelet, Corden couldn’t keep his cool. The Late Late Show comedian went off, ¨You can’t do your job! You can’t do your job! Maybe I should go into the kitchen and cook the omelet myself!¨ Honestly, maybe he should, and serve everyone else as well. Then, he can see how awful it is when a customer lashes out on you for a mistake. Also, it could be argued that it’s kinda strange how Corden has his guests play “Fill Your Guts Or Spill Your Guts”, but he can’t handle a slither of egg white or a strand of hair. This only proves that Corden´s fame and little talk show have gone way too deep into his head.
McNally didn´t stand for this behavior, “James Corden is a hugely gifted comedian, but acting a tiny Cretin of a man. And the most abusive customer to my Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago. I don’t often 86 a customer, to today I 86´d Corden.” This was a good move. He put the way his employees are treated before his business.
Regardless of the disrespect, McNally backtracked, welcoming him back to his restaurant, “James Corden just called me and apologized profusely. Having f-ed up myself more than most people, I strongly believe in second chances. So if James Corden lets me host his Late Late Show for 9 months, I´ll immediately rescind his ban from Balthazar.” It’s like getting rid of the toxic friend in the group then letting them back in, it never ends well. That may seem harsh, but does McNally really think that Corden will suddenly change his ways opposed to Corden´ s team telling him he better apologize? In reality, hate and threats to his career was probably the driving force behind his little apology.
Clearly McNally is a forgiving person which is a nice quality to have, but in this instance, he should not have let Corden get away with this behavior. I can’t help but wonder how McNally would respond if Corden was your average guy. Would he still unban them after an apology? Unfortunately, this just proves that if you are well-known, wealthy, or have any other form of power, you can get away with treating people like crap.