James Corden Allegedly ‘Abusive’ to Keith McNally’s Restaurant Staff


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This is not funny. Keith McNallyHe shared that he banned James CordenAfter the comedian allegedly mistreated his waitstaff multiple times, he resigned from his Balthazar restaurant. 

“James Corden is a Hugely gifted comedian, but a tiny Cretin of a man,” McNally, 71, wrote via Instagram on Monday, October 16. “And the most abusive customer to my Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago.” 

The London native revealed that he “86’d” — a term that typically means “no longer available” in restaurant speak — the Late Late Show with James Corden host, 44, from his establishment, noting that the alleged incident “did not make me laugh” before sharing two manager reports as “examples of the funny man’s treatment of my staff.” 

“In June, James Corden was here on table 61,” the first report claimed. “After eating his main course, Corden showed the hair to Balthazar manager G. who was very apologetic. Corden was extremely nasty to G, and said: ‘Get us another round of drinks this second. Take care of all of our drinks. This way I write any nasty reviews in yelp or anything like that.’”

McNally also claimed that McNally Into the Woods actor allegedly “behaviored [sic] similarly in my former restaurant, Cafe Luxembourg, a few years back.” He then shared a second incident report from his New York City eatery, where he claimed that Corden was dining with his wife, Julia CareyFor brunch, you can go earlier in the month. 

McNally claimed Corden wanted a table outside while Carey, 46 ordered an egg yolk omelet and a salad. However, the couple complained when there was “a little bit of egg white mixed with the egg yolk” before sending back the dish. 

“The kitchen remade the dish but unfortunately sent it with home fries instead of salad,” McNally wrote. “That’s when James Corden began yelling like crazy to the server: ‘You can’t do your job! You can’t do your job! Perhaps I should get in the kitchen and make the omelet!’”

The chef said that while “M.K was very apologetic and brought G. (floor manager) over to the table,” Corden allegedly continued to be “nasty” to the server — even after being given a glass of champagne to “smooth things out.” 

McNally has been vocal about “rude” celebrities over the years. McNally took to social media in 2021 to criticize former stars Vanity FairEditor Graydon CarterAfter he made a reservation at Morandi in New York City, he failed to show up. 

While Carter, 73, allegedly got his assistant to call the restaurant and cancel, McNally claimed that the journalist “upset the equilibrium of the restaurant” and “cost Morandi money,” calling him a “fancy f—ker.” 

McNally and Corden representatives did not respond to our requests for comment. Us Weekly.