After a weeklong controversy surrounding his name, James Corden made his very first public statement on abuse allegations following dining experiences in a NY restaurant.
Attempting to get ahead on further speculation, the Late Late Show host told New York Times reporter, Dave Itzkoff: “I haven’t done anything wrong, on any level.”
“So why would I ever cancel this? I was there. I get it. I feel so zen about the whole thing. Because I think it’s so silly. I just think it’s beneath all of us.”
Corden was initially accused of being verbally abusive to waiters at fine dining restaurant, Balthazar, later being labelled by the owner as the establishment’s worst customer in 25 years.
A short while after owner, Keith McNally went public with the claims, the restauranteur posted a follow-up post on Instagram.
McNally told followers that Corden had “apologized profusely” in private.
The Late Late Show host was then un-banned from the chain.
Corden must publicly apologise, not ride the storm.
It seemed for some time that the feud between McNally and Corden was somehow a thing of the past.
Now, however, the Balthazar owner has publicly hit back at the Late Late Show host again this week.
In an Instagram post, McNally criticised Corden for downplaying the accusations to the New York Times.
He wrote: “James Corden said in yesterday’s NY Times that he hadn’t done “anything wrong, on any level,” was he joking? Or was he denying being abusive to my servers? Whatever Corden meant, his implication was clear: he didn’t do it.”
The owner told James that a public apology was necessary to regain his reputation and the respect of his fans.
It’s clear that this particular Balthazar incident has officially blown the cover on many disturbing rumours over Corden’s public behaviour.
The Late Late Show host must tread carefully on how he handles this current PR disaster, especially in light of how other celebrities have miserably failed to cope with similar allegations.
In 2021, daytime host, Ellen DeGeneres was accused of creating a “toxic” atmosphere behind the scenes of her show. Many would later call out the host for her two-faced personality on and off-screen.
We can expect Corden to address the ongoing controversy on the next episode of The Late Late Show as per reports.
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