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James Corden Finally Responded To Being Banned From A NYC Restaurant, And It Only Made Things Waaay Worse

I just need someone to pull the surveillance footage.

Welcome to another post about James Corden allegedly being awful to waitstaff!

James giving a thumbs-up

This story really has some legs!

James in a bow tie and smiling

For those of you not in the know, let's do a quick recap.

Smiling James in a suit at a microphone onstage

Keith McNally, a famous restaurateur, wrote that James was the "most abusive customer to my Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago."

"James Corden is a Hugely gifted comedian, but a tiny Cretin of a man," he also said.

Close-up of James smiling

Which, like, wow. Way harsh!

James speaking at a podium onstage

Then Keith posted that James had called him and apologized.

"James Corden just called me and apologized profusely. Having fucked up myself more than most people, I strongly believe in second chances. So if James Corden lets me host his Late Late Show for 9 months, I’ll immediately rescind his ban from Balthazar. No, of course not."

Close-up of James

Which, like, OK?! Is he forgiven or what?!

Close-up of James touching his chin

But we still hadn't heard from James himself.

James walking and wearing a cardigan

Until now!

Close-up of James

In an interview with the New York Times, James said, “I haven’t done anything wrong, on any level."

Close-up of James smiling slightly

He continued, "I feel so Zen about the whole thing. Because I think it’s so silly. I just think it’s beneath all of us. It’s beneath you. It’s certainly beneath your publication."

James in a striped suit and waving

He also said about the Instagram post, "I haven’t really read anything. It’s strange. It’s strange when you were there. I think I’m probably going to have to talk about it on Monday’s show. My feeling, often, is never explain, never complain. But I’ll probably have to talk about it.”

James in a Choose Love hoodie

James added, "It feels like such a silly thing to talk about.”

James giving a thumbs-up and smiling

And now, just as I'm writing this, we have an update from Keith, the restaurateur who originally exposed him.

The interior of a restaurant

He just posted this response to James's New York Times comments:

"I wish James Corden would live up to his Almighty initials and come clean. If the supremely talented actor wants to retrieve the respect he had from all his fans (all 4 of them) before this incident, then he should at least admit he did wrong. If he goes one step further and apologizes to the 2 servers he insulted, I’ll let him eat for free at Balthazar for the next 10 years."

James standing in front of a poster with emojis

Dang, well, I guess this story isn't over!

Close-up of James smiling slightly

Your move, James!