New York restaurant owner slams James Corden over ‘done nothing wrong’ comments as row rumbles on

James Corden
James Corden's restaurant row has been reignited. (PA)

The row over whether James Corden was rude to staff at a New York restaurant is rumbling on, as the owner has slammed the TV star's comments that he hadn't "done anything wrong, on any level".

Corden, who hosts The Late Late Show and starred in Gavin & Stacey, was accused of treating waiters badly at Balthazar restaurant in New York after he reportedly received the wrong food.

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Owner Keith McNally initially banned the comedian and actor from his restaurant after claiming he had also behaved poorly at some of his other businesses, but revoked the ban when Corden, 44, apologised.

James Corden  on The Late Late Show. (Sky)
James Corden says he will 'probably' address the row on The Late Late Show. (Sky)

However, a recent New York Times interview in which Corden claimed not to have "done anything wrong, on any level" and said he felt "Zen" about it has reignited the conflict.

McNally posted on Instagram: "I’ve no wish to kick a man when he’s down. Especially one who’s worth $100 Million, but when James Corden said in yesterday’s NY Times that he hadn’t done “anything wrong, on any level,” was he joking? Or was he denying being abusive to my servers? Whatever Corden meant, his implication was clear: he didn’t do it.

"Although I didn’t witness the incident, lots of my restaurant’s floor staff did. They had nothing to gain by lying. Corden did.

"I wish James Corden would live up to his Almighty initials and come clean. If the supremely talented actor wants to retrieve the respect he had from all his fans (all 4 of them) before this incident, then he should at least admit he did wrong. If he goes one step further and apologizes to the 2 servers he insulted, I’ll let him eat for free at Balthazar for the next 10 years."

File photo dated 06/08/22 of James Corden who has said he did nothing wrong and is feeling zen after being criticised by a New York restaurant owner for his alleged bad behaviour. Issue date: Friday October 21, 2022.
James Corden has said he did nothing wrong. (PA)

Corden had pre-arranged the New York Times interview before the controversy kicked off, but when he was asked during the chat whether he had considered cancelling, he said: "I haven’t done anything wrong, on any level. So why would I ever cancel this? I was there.

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"I get it. I feel so Zen about the whole thing. Because I think it’s so silly. I just think it’s beneath all of us. It’s beneath you. It’s certainly beneath your publication."

Asked about the online debate surrounding the row, he replied: "I haven’t really read anything. It’s strange. It’s strange when you were there. I think I’m probably going to have to talk about it on Monday’s show.

"My feeling, often, is, never explain, never complain. But I’ll probably have to talk about it.

"Should we not all be a little grown-up about this? I promise you, ask around this restaurant. They don’t know about this. Maybe 15 percent of people."

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