James Corden is setting the record straight regarding accusations of "abusive" behavior at a New York restaurant.
During Monday's episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden, the host addressed claims from Balthazar owner Keith McNally that Corden was "nasty" to his staff after a kitchen mishap. McNally initially banned Corden from the restaurant, but walked back this move after Corden "called him and apologized profusely" (only to slam Corden again following the late night host's comments to the New York Times that he "hadn't done anything wrong, on any level").
Corden explained that while dining at Balthazar, his wife, who has a serious food allergy, had received an incorrect order three times. He admitted that "in the heat of the moment…made a sarcastic, rude comment about cooking it myself," and didn't realize that he'd done anything wrong because he didn't "shout or scream."
"I didn’t get up out of my seat. I didn’t call anyone names or use derogatory language. I’ve been walking around thinking that I hadn’t done anything wrong, right, but the truth is I have," continued the host. "I made a rude comment and it was wrong, it was an unnecessary comment, it was ungracious to the server."
The host then lightened the mood with a handful of hostile tweets directed at him, and said he'd like to visit Balthazar again to apologize in person.
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