Keith McNally Bans James Corden From Balthazar for Being ‘the Most Abusive Customer’
Famous restaurateur and Instagram enthusiast Keith McNally banned the late night host James Corden from one of his restaurants, citing at least two instances of rude behavior towards employees.
In one Instagram post on Monday, McNally praised Corden as a “comedian of outstanding talent” before calling the Briton “a little Cretin man” and “the most abusive customer of Balthazar’s servers.” me since the restaurant opened 25 years ago.”
The French restaurant, located in Manhattan’s trendy SoHo district, is a popular spot for celebrities, with Vogue editor Anna Wintour and actress Sienna Miller among its regular customers.
Looks like Corden will no longer be among those glittering names.
“I don’t usually 86 a customer, [but] I am 86’d Corden today. It doesn’t make me laugh,” McNally wrote in her post, before detailing two of Corden’s unfortunate outbursts that were written down by the restaurant’s managers.
In one report, an unnamed manager recounted the time in June when Corden allegedly found a hair in his dish and gave it to another manager, identified only as ” G.”.
“Corden was super upset with G, and said, ‘Give us another round of drinks this second. And also take care of all our drinks to date. This way I write any nasty reviews in a shout or anything like that,” the manager wrote.
In another case on October 9, Corden allegedly called through a server to complain about his wife’s yolk omelette, which appeared to be tainted by a bit of egg white. That same day, Corden went to town for the New Yorkers Festival, where he had an hour-long conversation with writer Rachel Syme.
“The kitchen remade the dish but unfortunately sent it home with fries instead of salad,” the manager shared, according to McNally. “That’s when James Corden started shouting like crazy at the waiter: ‘You can’t do your job! You can’t do your job! Maybe I should go to the kitchen and cook my own omelette! ‘”
Representatives for Corden and McNally did not respond to a request for comment from The Daily Beast.
Back in April, Corden announced that he will be resigning is the server of The Late Late Show on CBS next year, adding that he’s been thinking about leaving for “a long time.” Actor and comedian who appeared in 2019 Cats and last year’s remake of Cinderella starring Camila Cabello, has hosted the late-night show since 2015.
McNally is the owner of several popular restaurants in Manhattan, including Pastis, Morandi, and Minetta Tavern. The restaurant owner is well known for his honest and serious Instagram account, where he occasionally shares anecdotes about his restaurant as well as controversial opinions on current events, including his continued support of friend and restaurant frequenter Woody Allen.
Last year, McNally banned Graydon Carter from his restaurants after Vanity Fair The editor made a reservation for 12 people at Morandi but did not show up, even after additional staff were called in to help with catering.
“I’ll tell you one thing,” McNally wrote on Instagram at the time. “That fancy bastard will never be allowed to make reservations at one of my restaurants again. Never.”
Carter later called McNally’s post “deranged” in an interview with People.