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James Corden breaks silence on ‘silly’ New York restaurant ban: ‘I haven’t done anything wrong’

James Corden has broken his silence after being banned and then unbanned from a New York City restaurant for bad behaviour this week.

In an interview with The New York Times, the comedian, 44, claimed he didn’t do anything wrong.

“I haven’t done anything wrong, on any level,” he said. “So why would I ever cancel this [interview]?… 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.”

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James Corden said he felt completely “zen” about the situation, calling it “silly”. (Getty)

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Corden’s words come after Balthazar restaurant owner Keith McNally called the late night show host “the most abusive customer” to his servers “since the restaurant opened 25 years ago”.

He proceeded to ban Corden, but later took back the act when the Cats star reportedly called him to apologise.

According to the New York Times, as Corden sat with interviewer Dave Itzkoff at a different eatery, they observed a customer send back the eggs she’d ordered.

New York City-based restaurateur Keith McNally.
New York City-based restaurateur Keith McNally said Corden was his worst customer to date. (Instagram)

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Immediately, Corden remarked to Itzkoff, “Can you imagine now, if we just blasted her on Twitter? Would that be fair? This is my point. It’s insane.”

If the allegations made against Corden were shocking, nothing was more shocking than when McNally backtracked on his decision to “86” (a restaurant term for banning a customer) the star from his venue.

In a second Instagram post shared hours after announcing the ban, McNally wrote: “Having f—ed up myself more than most people, I strongly believe in second chances. So if James Corden lets me host his Late Late Show for 9 months, I’ll immediately rescind his ban from Balthazar. No, of course not.

Corden and his wife Julia Carey at the 2022 Met Gala. The comedian and late night show host has walked free from allegations he was rude to wait staff at a prominent New York eatery. (Getty)

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“But….anyone magnanimous enough to apologize to a deadbeat layabout like me (and my staff) doesn’t deserve to be banned from anywhere. Especially Balthazar. So Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Corden, Jimmy Corden. All is Forgiven. xx”

In his initial post, McNally had alleged Corden had been “abusive” to his staff on various occasions at the French eatery.

“James Corden is a Hugely gifted comedian, but a tiny Cretin of a man. And the most abusive customer to my Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago,” McNally began in his first post. “I don’t often 86 a customer, to today I 86’d Corden. It did not make me laugh.”

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