James Corden apologises to Balthazar restaurant owner, gets ban overturned

James Corden
James Corden has privately called a restaurant owner to apologise for his behaviour. Photo credit: Getty Images

Just 24 hours after he was banned from a top New York restaurant for being its "most abusive" customer, James Corden has been welcomed back.

The Late Late Show host was called out by Balthazar restaurant owner Keith McNally, who publicly shamed him over his alleged treatment of staff on two separate occasions.

Posting on Instagram, McNally said the Gavin and Stacey star was the "most abusive" customer since the restaurant opened over 25 years ago.

However, McNally said the star had called him personally to apologise.

"James Corden just called me and apologised profusely," he said.

"Having f**ked up myself more than most people, I strongly believe in second chances. So if James Corden lets me host his Late Late Show for nine months, I'll immediately rescind his ban from Balthazar. 

"No, of course not. But anyone magnanimous enough to apologise to a deadbeat layabout like me (and my staff) doesn’t deserve to be banned from anywhere - especially Balthazar. So come back... Jimmy Corden, all is Forgiven. xx"

However, not everyone is happy Corden had been allowed back to the famous New York diner, with some alleging he had a pattern of this behaviour in other restaurants.

"Fine - but he needs to clean up his act across the board. Apparently yours is not the only restaurant or other staff that he abuses. It’s not OK," one commenter said on McNally's post.

Another said Corden had said sorry to the wrong person.

"Why apologise to you and not the staff?" they asked.

Corden has not publicly addressed the claims.