James Corden has insisted he “did nothing wrong” after being banned from a restaurant for his “abusive” behaviour.
Earlier this week, Keith McNally slammed the ‘Late Late Show’ host for his behavior at his New York eatery Balthazar, but lifted his ban hours later after revealing the ‘Cats’ actor “apologizes profusely.” would have.
And now James has addressed the incident, branding the drama “silly” and insisting he had no reason to hide.
Speaking to the New York Times newspaper, he said: “I haven’t done anything wrong on any level. So why would I ever cancel this? [interview]? 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 among all of us. It’s below you. It is certainly among your publication.”
During the interview, which took place at another New York restaurant, another customer sent her eggs back, and James used the situation to highlight how “crazy” his own public shame had been.
He said: “Now can you imagine if we just slammed her on Twitter? Would that be fair?
“That’s my point. It’s crazy.”
And James insisted that hardly anyone cared about the argument.
He said: “I haven’t really read anything. It is strange. It’s strange when you were there. I think I’ll probably have to talk about that on Monday’s show.
“‘My feeling is often, never explain, never complain. But I probably need to talk about it. It feels so silly to talk about it.
“Shouldn’t we all grow up a bit?
“I promise you, ask at this restaurant. You know nothing about it. Maybe 15 percent of people.
“I was here, walking around New York, not a single person came to me. We are dealing with two worlds here.”
Keith previously called the 44-year-old star a “tiny git of a man” and said he was the “most abusive customer ever” after finding a hair in his food in June.
Keith added earlier this month that the “nasty” James criticized the staff after his wife Julia’s eggs weren’t cooked to her liking during brunch.
But the 71-year-old restaurateur later revealed his famous client had apologized.
He wrote: “James Corden just called me and apologized profusely. Having messed up more than most people, I’m a firm believer in second chances.
“So if James Corden lets me host his Late Late Show for 9 months, I will lift his ban from Balthazar immediately.
“No of course not. But… anyone big enough to apologize to a dead lazybones like me (and my co-workers) doesn’t deserve to be banned from anywhere.