McNally said in June Corden requested that a round of drinks come “this second” and his previous drinks be made because he found a hair in his food — after he had finished his main course. McNally said Corden was “very bad” for the manager.
On another occasion this month, Corden came to the restaurant with his wife for brunch and complained to their server about having “a little egg white” in the yolk omelet, McNally said. The dish was remade but sent with the wrong side – french fries instead of salad – which was apparently the last straw for Corden.
“You can’t do your job! You can’t do your job!” Corden told the valet, according to McNally, citing the manager’s report on the accident. “Maybe I should go into the kitchen and cook the omelette myself!” When Corden revolted at the server, complimentary glasses of champagne were brought to “soften matters.” The episode left the server “in a state of severe shaking”.
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A representative for Corden did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A manager at Balthazar declined to comment when contacted by phone late Monday night.
McNally’s ban on Corden wasn’t the first time he had taken to Instagram to prevent a customer from entering one of his restaurants. Last year, magazine editor Graydon Carter publicly banned Morandi, an Italian restaurant in New York City, after he said Carter did not appear on a 12-person reservation. (McNally said at the time that he brought in extra workers to make sure lunch was “perfect for him,” and that Carter has dropped reservations on other occasions at his restaurants, including Balthazar.)
McNally is notorious for being a provocateur, at least in his Instagram posts and in his defenses of controversial celebrities; He has defended Woody Allen, whom his daughter Dylan has accused of sexual assault. Amid the backlash over it, and an incident in which he told a woman on Instagram she looked like a “whore,” McNally told The Daily Beast that despite being a Democrat, he “hated abolition of culture and political correctness.”
But late Monday night, McNally said he reversed Corden’s ban after the comedian called to apologize. McNally said he “apologised profusely.”
“I believe very strongly in second chances,” McNally said. He added that “anyone who is famous enough to apologize” to him and his workers “does not deserve to be banned from anywhere.”
Corden, who has gained fame for his “Carpool Karaoke” clips, is set to step away from his role as host of “The Late Late Show” by the summer of 2023, it was announced in April.
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