Keith shared a photo of the British comedian with his followers as he called him a “little jerk of a man” and revealed that he was now banned from his restaurant, Balthazar.
The businessman also included two detailed manager reports in his Instagram caption to explain why he had decided to “86” James.
“James Corden is a hugely gifted comedian, but a small jerk of a man. And he the most abusive customer to my Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago,” Keith wrote. “I don’t usually 86 have a client, to this day I 86 have Corden. He didn’t make me laugh.”
He then cited a manager’s report from June, which said that James was sitting at table 61 at Balthazar when he found a hair in his food.
“(While this is diabolical, it happens very occasionally in all restaurants),” Keith said. “After eating his main course, Corden showed the hair to Balthazar’s manager, G., who was very apologetic.”
“Corden was extremely rude to G and said, ‘Get us another round of drinks this second. And also take care of all our drinks so far. This way I write any nasty review on Yelp or something,’” the post continued.
The next manager’s report was dated October 9, less than two weeks before Keith’s Instagram post.
“James Corden was at Balthazar with his wife on October 9 for brunch,” it began. “He asked for a table outside. Brunch Maitre D’ Allie Wolters brought the party to table 301”.
“Sir. Corden’s wife ordered an egg yolk omelet with Gruyere cheese and salad. A few minutes after receiving the food, James called his server, MK, and told him that there was some egg white mixed in with the egg yolk,” he continued. “MK informed the floor manager, G. The kitchen remade the dish but unfortunately sent it with home fries instead of salad.”
“That’s when James Corden started screaming like crazy at the server, ‘You can’t do your job! You can’t do your job! Maybe I should go to the kitchen and cook the omelet myself! MK was very apologetic and brought G. to the table,” the report added.
“He put the plate back, and after that, everything was fine. He gave them promotional champagne flutes to smooth things over,” he concluded. “G. He said that Corden was nice to him but rude to the server. MK was very shocked, but professional as she is, she continued to finish her shift.”
It didn’t take long for Keith’s post to go viral, with many people reacting to the accusations against James on social media. Some began to recirculate past accusations about James’ behavior and others made their own claims against him.
Just six hours later, Keith returned to Instagram and said that James had called him and “apologized profusely” after seeing his post. Keith said “all is forgiven” when he lifted the ban and invited James to eat at Balthazar again.
But this was far from the end, and the messy feud flared up again over the weekend when James publicly responded to Keith’s Instagram post in an interview with the New York Times.
In the profile, James insisted: “I have done nothing wrong, on any level.” He also claimed that the whole situation was “underneath” him.
“I feel so zen about the whole thing. Because I think it’s very silly. I think he is beneath all of us. He is below you. It certainly is below your post,” he said.
“My feeling, often, is never to explain, never to complain. But I’ll probably have to talk about it,” James went on. “It feels like such a silly thing to talk about.”
Keith responded on Instagram the next day, writing: “I don’t want to kick a man when he’s down. Especially one worth $100 million, but when James Corden said yesterday in the NY Times that he had done “nothing wrong, on any level,” was he kidding? Or was he denying that he abused my servants?
“Whatever Corden meant, his implication was clear: He didn’t,” Keith added. “Although I did not witness the incident, many of my restaurant 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 regain the respect he had from all of his fans (all 4) before this incident, then he should at least admit that he did something wrong,” Keith continued. “If he goes one step further and apologizes to the 2 servers he insulted, I’ll let him eat free at Balthazar for the next 10 years.”
And James tackled the furor once again as he kicked off Monday night’s episode of the late showwhich was the first installment of the talk show after a week off the air.
In a five-minute monologue, James gave viewers his side of the story when he admitted to making a “rude comment” while eating at Balthazar earlier this month, explaining why he previously believed he had done nothing wrong.
James also promised to apologize to the waiter in person the next time he’s in New York, saying he was “upset” knowing he would hurt someone’s feelings, as he has experience working as a waiter and appreciates what a difficult job it is. it is.
Addressing the situation head-on on his live show, James said he had considered posting about the claims on social media last week but ultimately decided against it.
“Whenever these kinds of moments come my way, I like to adopt a very British attitude of ‘keep calm and carry on’, things will be written about me. ‘Never complain, never explain’ is my motto,” she explained, before the camera cut to her parents in the studio audience. “But, as my dad pointed out to me on Saturday, he said, ‘Son, well, you complained, so you may have to explain it.'”
James then praised Balthazar as he recalled going there for breakfast with his wife, Julia Carey, and some friends while in New York.
“I love it there, I love the food, the atmosphere, the service. If I lived in New York, I would go every day,” James began, before joking: “On the condition that they let me in!”
He then moved on to his version of the Balthazar story, telling viewers, “My wife explained that she has a severe food allergy, so when everyone’s meals came, my wife was given the food she was allergic to, but he hadn’t eaten a bite. like that or anything, so don’t worry, we sent it back, everything was fine.”
“When her food arrived wrong on the table for the third time, in the heat of the moment, I made a sarcastic and rude comment about cooking it myself,” James added. “It is a comment that I deeply regret, I understand the difficulties of being a waiter: I worked shifts in restaurants for years, I have a lot of respect and I value anyone who does that job.”
James corroborated Keith’s claim that the restaurant manager gave everyone a glass of champagne as an apology, but insisted that he had told the staff there was no need. “We had a great time, and even for me it was too early to start drinking,” he joked.
James then explained why he originally felt like he hadn’t done anything wrong, saying, “Because I didn’t yell or scream, I didn’t get up from my seat, I didn’t insult anyone or use derogatory words.” language, I’ve been walking around thinking I haven’t done anything wrong. But the truth is that I have. He made a rude comment, and it was wrong. It was an unnecessary comment, it was rude to the server.”
James added that Keith’s second manager’s report was from a meal in 2014, when he sent over a dish that had a hair on it.
Sharing his reaction to Keith’s Instagram post, the Briton continued: “I immediately contacted [Keith’s] phone number, I called him right away and told him how upset I was that someone had been hurt because of something he had done or said. I appreciated the call and was glad to have cleared things up and felt like we had dealt with it privately, but at this point the story was out there and people were upset.”
James then shared some examples of the negative tweets that have been posted about him in recent days, including one that read, “When I become president of hell, I’m going to make a super hell and put James Corden in it.”
But the comedian insisted that he understood why everyone was upset and accepted the public’s opinion. “I also hate that I ever upset anyone,” James added. “It was never my intention, it just wasn’t. And I love that restaurant, I love the staff there. I hope that they’ll let me back in one day when I’m back in New York so I can go there and apologize in person, which is something I absolutely will do.”
Keith has yet to respond to James’ most recent comments and viewers are divided by what he has said.
Some defended him, writing: “James, you did the right thing, you are paying for a service and if the waiter can’t get the order, then I would have complained too.”
But others were not convinced, citing similar past claims about his behavior.
“I think the problem is that this is not an isolated incident and since it came to light there have been many stories about how good it is,” one person commented. Another added: “James Corden has literally been known to be ‘That Guy’ for almost a decade now.”
James previously admitted that he got so drunk from the fame that he had to undergo therapy to stop being “a brat.” At that time, his friends and family confronted him about his behavior, and his own sisters called him an “asshole.”
The comedian first found fame as a co-creator and one of the stars of the British sitcom. gavin and stacywhich aired in the UK between 2007 and 2010.
He found prominence in the United States when he succeeded Craig Ferguson as host of the late show in 2015.
Speaking to the New Yorker in 2020, James confessed: “I started behaving like a brat that I just don’t think I am. He is so intoxicating, that first flush of fame. And I think he’s even more intoxicating if you’re not ready for it.”
Their gavin and stacy Co-star Rob Brydon also recalled the time he spoke to James about his attitude over lunch, telling the same publication: “I was like, ‘Look, this is kind of awkward to say, but I’m just hearing these things about you. “. , and you should know that the way you behave has an effect on people.’”
After that conversation, James agreed that he needed to make a change, and in his first session with a therapist he recalled telling them that he “used to be a better person than this.”