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James Corden apologises for ‘rude comment’ over restaurant ban
Los Angeles, Oct. 25 (IANS): The recent episode of ‘The Late Late Show’ saw show host James Corden tendering an apology over a recent controversy involving his now-reversed ban from New York restaurant Balthazar.
Corden took some time at the start of Monday’s episode and apologised for “the rude comment” he directed towards the business’s waitstaff, reports ‘Variety’.
He said that he made the comment “in the heat of the moment” after his table was accidentally served a dish his wife would’ve had an allergic reaction to.
“I 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 have been walking around thinking that I hadn’t done anything wrong, right? But the truth is I have. I made a rude comment and it was wrong,” he added, quoted by ‘Variety’. It was an unnecessary comment. It was ungracious to the server.”
According to ‘Variety’, Balthazar owner Keith McNally first publicly banned Corden from his business last week, posting a statement on Instagram that alleged two separate incidents of rude behaviour by the late-night host. But McNally reversed the ban after a phone call with Corden in which the comedian “apologised profusely”.
“I called him straight away and I told him how upset I was that anybody was hurt by anything that I had said. We had a good talk. He appreciated the call,” Corden said in his monologue.
“I was happy that we got to clear the air and I felt like we dealt with it privately. But by this point, the story was out there. People were upset.”
Corden also offered his praise for Balthazar — “I love it there, the food, the vibe, the service” — and explained why he had been slow to publicly comment on the situation.
“Whenever these sorts of moments come my way, I like to adopt quite a British attitude,” he added.
“Never complain, never explain. It’s very much my motto. But as my dad pointed out to me on Saturday, he said, “Son, you did complain. So you might need to explain.” Look, when you make a mistake, you have to take responsibility.”
Corden also expressed hope that he would be welcomed back to Balthazar when visiting New York so that he could offer his apologies in-person.
Monday evening’s broadcast (Pacific Standard Time) of ‘The Late Late Show’ represents the first after a brief hiatus for the late-night series. In an interview last week, Corden said that he had plans to address the controversy in the evening’s programme.