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Rob Brydon defends Gavin And Stacey co-star James Corden over New York restaurant scandal

The actor said more should be made of Corden's success

Rob Brydon and James Corden
Rob Brydon has defended James Corden. (PA Images/Alamy)

Rob Brydon has defended his Gavin And Stacey co-star James Corden after his recent bad press, saying he’d rather read about his success than the fact he apparently sent an omelette back.

Corden found himself in hot water last year when he was accused of treating waiters badly at Balthazar restaurant in New York, with the owner claiming the star had been banned until he apologised.

He also came under fire for using one of Ricky Gervais's jokes on The Late Late Show, which he said he did "inadvertently".

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But Brydon – who played Uncle Bryn in the hit comedy alongside Corden’s Smithy – said he thinks more should be made of what his co-star has achieved.

GAVIN AND STACEY, (from left): Melanie Walters, James Corden, Rob Brydon, (Season 2, 2008), 2007-10. ©BBC / Courtesy: Everett
James Corden and Rob Brydon co-starred in Gavin And Stacey. (BBC)

Speaking on the Rockwater In Conversation With podcast, he said: “James has a rollercoaster life and it’s very challenging.

“I don't think enough is made, frankly, about his success.

“Why am I not reading things that say 'Wow, look what he's achieved?' You never read that.”

Brydon said in his opinion it’s like it’s “a given” that Corden went to America to take over a talk show and that it then become “massive”.

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James Corden was under fire last year. (REUTERS)

He also said the TV star’s company has made a lot of other hugely successful shows.

“These things don’t just happen,” insisted the actor.

“I would like to see more of that rather than he sent an omelette back.”

After the restaurant scandal, Corden did address the issue on his CBS late night chat show.

Actor Rob Brydon poses for photographers upon arrival at the UK premiere Swimming With Men in central London, Wednesday, July 4, 2018. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Rob Brydon would rather hear about James Corden's success. (Invision/AP)

He told viewers he had "made a sarcastic, rude comment about cooking (an omelette) myself”.

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“And it is a comment I deeply regret,” added the star.

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