A week after Balthazar’s employees were labeled “the most abusive customers” in the New York restaurant’s 25-year history, James Corden publicly addressed the controversy during CBS’s “The Late Late Show” on Monday night. stating that his behavior was “wrong.”
Last week, Corden wasThe owner of the popular French restaurant Balthazar posted two incidents on Instagram in which Cordon was rude to his employees. The most recent incident happened earlier this month when Corden and his wife Julia Carey went to the restaurant for breakfast with some of their friends.
The problem apparently occurred when Carrie got the wrong order—she asked for an egg yolk omelet and, according to the restaurant’s owner, Keith McNeely, got “a little bit of egg white.” When they pulled out the revised order, the plate had a side of home fries instead of a salad. At that point, McNally said, “Cordon started yelling madly at the server. ‘You can’t do your job! Maybe I should go to the kitchen and make the omelet myself!'”
McNally’s recollection of events drew heavy criticism of Corden’s behavior. Corden said Monday that he had considered posting about the situation, but decided against it, saying: “‘Never complain, never explain’ is my motto.”
He eventually decided to devote time on his show to making a statement, he said, because “when you make a mistake, you have to take responsibility.”
Corden’s opinion on the October incident was that he had a heated reaction to the wrong order after his wife told employees “he has a severe food allergy.”
“My wife was given the food she was allergic to. But she didn’t take a single piece of it. No worries, we sent it back, all was well,” he said on Monday. “As soon as his food went wrong on the table for the third time, in the heat of the moment, I myself made a sarcastic, vulgar remark about cooking it, and that’s a comment I deeply regret.”
Initially, Corden said he didn’t think he behaved poorly “because I didn’t yell or yell” and “didn’t name anyone or use abusive language.”
In an interview with The New York Times a few days ago, Corden said that he “didn’t do anything wrong on any level.”
“I feel zen about the whole thing,” he told The Times. “Because I think it’s so silly. I think it’s down to all of us. It’s down to you. It’s definitely down to your revelation.”
But the truth is that he said on Monday that he did something wrong.
He said, “I made a rude comment and it was wrong. It was an unnecessary comment. It was insulting to the server.”
Corden said he called McNally immediately after seeing his post about the events and told him how “upset” he was that he had hurt people with his statements and actions.
“We talked well,” he said. “He appreciated the call. I was glad we got the air cleared and I felt like we had dealt with it in private, but by this point, the story was there and well, people were upset.”
McNally has yet to comment publicly on Corden’s Monday Night broadcast, but after being interviewed by The Times, he said he wants Corden to “live up to his almighty initials and come clean.”
McNally wrote, “If the supremely talented actor wants to receive the respect from all his fans (all 4 of them) before this event, he must at least admit that he has done wrong.” “If he goes a step further and apologizes to the 2 servers he insulted, I’ll let him eat at Balthazar for free for the next 10 years.”