After a New York restaurant owner claimed earlier this week that the comedian had been “abusive” to his staff during a recent lunch and was thus barred from the establishment, James Corden ‘defiantly’ denied any wrongdoing on his part.
The “Late Late Show” host told the New York Times in a prearranged interview on Thursday that the reporter described as “awkward,” “I haven’t done anything illegal, on any level.”
It feels so ridiculous to talk about it, he continued.
On Monday, hours after Keith McNally said that host James Corden had been barred from dining at Manhattan restaurant Balthazar, the restaurateur reversed himself and declared that Corden was welcome to return.
The Times interview, which was conducted a few days later at a different restaurant and was supposed to be on the comedian’s new Amazon series “Mammals,” but ended up being almost exclusively about the he said, he said event, is claimed to have been cagey.
Even though Corden said he would “probably” have to cover it on his program on Monday night, he refrained from doing so by pointing out that lots of people return their meals when eating out and blaming the Times of asking questions that are “below” them.
Because he felt “so Zen” about the entire situation, Corden claimed he had no reluctance about conducting the Times interview. because I find it to be so absurd. Simply put, I believe it is beneath us all. You are underneath it. It obviously doesn’t belong in your publication.
According to the reporter, the presenter refused to discuss his account of what happened during the contentious eating occasion or confirm whether he apologized as McNally stated.
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He indicated that he hadn’t really read any of the news articles about his alleged behavior or browsed any social media posts, but that any animosity toward him as a result of McNally’s tweet was probably only felt by a small portion of the general public.
He asked the Times, “Should we not all be a little grown-up about this?” Ask around this eatery, I swear to you. They are unaware of this. 15% or so of folks. I’ve been here and have been wandering about New York, and nobody has approached me. We’re juggling two different realities here. If I were a Twitter user, Jeremy Corbyn would have easily won the election and Hillary Clinton would be the leader of the free world.