Keith McNally suspends James Corden from Balthazar after he apologizes [Update]

Comedian James Corden has once again returned to grace Keith McNally after being “banned” by Balthazar for allegedly abusing Soho restaurant staff during multiple visits. “James Corden called me and I sincerely apologize,” McNally wrote in an Instagram post on Monday night. “Having bothered myself more than most people, I strongly believe in second chances.”

McNally, who owns Manhattan restaurants including Balthazar, Pastis and Minetta Tavern, joked that he would let Corden return to the famous French bistro if he was allowed to “host the Late Late Show” for nine months. “No, of course not. But… no one who is generous enough to apologize to a reckless person like me (and my staff) deserves to be banned from anywhere. Especially Baltazar,” McNally wrote in the post. “All is forgiven.”

The decision to give Corden a “second chance” comes nearly seven hours after McNally banned the Balthasar comedian for abusing French restaurant staff and ordering free drinks from servers. James Corden is huge [sic] A talented comedian, but a little Kritten [sic] McNally said in a post on Monday afternoon. “And the most outrageous customer for Balthazar’s servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago.”

In the post, McNally recounted an incident in Balthazar in June, when Corden found a hair in his meal and demanded “another round of drinks this second,” threatening to write “bad reviews” of the restaurant online. During a separate incident at the restaurant in October, McNally claimed the comedian started “screaming like crazy” after finding traces of egg whites in his wife’s “yolk omelette with Gruyere cheese.”

Corden allegedly shouted at employees during the October visit: “You can’t do your job.” “Maybe I should go into the kitchen and cook the omelette myself!” McNally claims that the comedian “acted similarly” at Café Luxembourg, he opened the Upper West Side McNally in 1983 and has since moved away from it. Several Corden spokespeople did not respond to a request for comment.

The apology seems to have settled the online controversy for now, although not everyone is satisfied. “Don’t take Keith prisoners,” one user commented on the post. Another wrote: “This is this guy.” “If you wanted people like him to exist – I would never eat there.”

Since joining Instagram nearly two years ago, McNally has become known for his unconventional and sometimes problematic presence on social media. Formerly known as “the restaurant that invented downtown,” McNally has been an outspoken advocate of Woody Allen (the director who has been accused of child abuse by Dylan Farrow’s daughter but has not been charged with child abuse), and recently praised Roman Polanski, the filmmaker who… He was arrested and charged with legal action. Rape in 1979.

Update: October 18, 2022, 9:51AM: This article has been updated to reflect that James Corden has been unbanned from Balthazar.


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