James Corden is no longer banned from dining in New York, his owner said.
Eith McNally, owner of Manhattan restaurant Balthazar, reversed his stance after initially accusing the comedian of “abusive” behavior towards his employees.
The restaurateur shared a second photo of Corden in an update on Instagram on Monday night (October 17) and claimed, “James Corden just called me and he apologized profusely. Having screwed myself up more than most people, I’m a firm believer in second chances.”
He joked, “So if James Corden lets me host his Late Late Show for nine months, I’ll lift his ban from Balthazar immediately. No of course not.
“But anyone big enough to apologize to a dead idler like me (and my staff) doesn’t deserve to be banned from anywhere. Especially Balthazar.
“All is forgiven,” McNally added.
The business owner’s first post about Corden claimed the Late Late Show host mistreated the staff at Balthazar in NYC, describing him as “the most abusive customer of my Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago.”
He added two examples, allegedly from the restaurant manager’s reports, in which he claimed Corden was “extremely evil” and “started screaming like crazy” at separate servers.
McNally, dubbed “The Restaurateur Who Invented Downtown” by The New York Times, has previously made controversial claims on his Instagram page.
Since 2020, he has repeatedly launched online attacks on British restaurant critic Marina O’Loughlin, who writes anonymously, falsely attributing her a photo of academic Dr. Margo Maine outed.
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Earlier this year he criticized O’Loughlin for naming Pine, a Northumberland restaurant, ‘Restaurant of the Year’ because it was only January.
O’Loughlin hit back in the comments below his post, writing, “Oh go away. With your sad obsession with me, your ragged walls and overpriced café rouges, frozen fries and desperate staff morale, you are the last person I would listen to about restaurants.”
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/all-is-forgiven-restaurant-owner-u-turns-on-james-corden-ban-and-claims-tv-host-apologised-profusely-42074810.html ‘All is forgiven’ – Restaurant owner reverses James Corden’s ban and claims TV host ‘profusely apologised’