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James Corden Breaks Silence on Restaurant Ban and Makes Things Worse

In an interview with The New York Times to promote his new Prime Video series “Mammals,” the 44-year-old host of the Late Late Show, James Corden, finally addressed the comments made by Balthazar owner Keith McNally after he banned Corden from his restaurant.

In a post on Instagram, McNally said that Corden was “the most abusive customer to my Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago.” It led him to “86” Corden, barring him from the eatery on Monday.

He lifted the ban hours later after Corden called McNally to apologize.  Corden said he was comfortable speaking about the situation while being interviewed a few days later.

“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 beneath all of us. It’s beneath you. It’s certainly beneath your publication.”

When asked if he was aware of the conversation McNally’s posts ignited on the internet, Corden said he had not “really read anything” and asked, “should we not all be a little grown-up about this?”

“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…I promise you, ask around this restaurant. They don’t know about this. Maybe 15% of people. I’ve been here, been walking around New York, not one person’s come up to me. We’re dealing in two worlds here.”

During the interview, which was conducted at a restaurant, another customer happened to send back a dish nearby. Corden pointed out that incidents like this happen “every day” and they are “happening in 55,000 restaurants as we speak.” He asked the journalist, “Can you imagine now if we just blasted her on Twitter? Would that be fair? This is my point. It’s insane.”

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According to McNally, Corden treated his employees poorly both times he visited his restaurant and also at another establishment named Café Luxembourg.

One of the incidents happened in June when Corden found a hair in his lunch while dining at Balthazar.

McNally said that “although this is diabolical, it happens very occasionally in all restaurants.” Corden showed the hair to the manager after he finished his meal. The manager was apologetic. Corden then said, “Get us another round of drinks this second. And also take care of all of our drinks so far. This way I don’t write any nasty reviews in yelp or anything like that.”

In another incident, McNally said that Corden was upset about his wife’s meal and lashed out at a server.

“James Corden was at Balthazar with his wife on Oct. 9 for brunch. He asked for a table outside. Brunch Maitre D’ Allie Wolters took the party to table 301. Mr. Corden’s wife ordered an egg yolk omelet with Gruyere cheese and salad. A few minutes after they received the food, James called their server, M. K. and told her there was a little bit of egg white mixed with the egg yolk. M. K. informed the floor manager, G. The kitchen remade the dish but unfortunately sent it with home fries instead of salad. That’s when James Corden began yelling like crazy to the server: ‘You can’t do your job! You can’t do your job! Maybe I should go into the kitchen and cook the omelet myself!’ M.K. was very apologetic and brought G. over to the table. He returned the dish, and after that, everything was fine. He gave them promo Champagne glasses to smooth things out. G. said that Corden was pleasant to him but nasty to the server.’ M.K. was very shaken, but professional that she is, continued to finish her shift.”

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After publicly calling out Corden on social media and banning and then unbanning him from his renowned NYC restaurant, McNally shared with his Instagram followers that he was “feeling strange.”

“On the one hand, he was definitely abusive to my staff, on the other hand, I feel really sorry for him right now. Like most cowards I want it both ways, F— it, I’m going to get drunk.”

However, upon seeing the published NYTimes interview, McNally made another post on Instagram expressing his disappointment in Corden’s comments.

“I’ve no wish to kick a man when he’s down. Especially one who’s worth $100 Million, but when James Corden said in yesterday’s N.Y. Times that he hadn’t done “anything wrong, on any level,” was he joking? Or was he denying being abusive to my servers? Whatever Corden meant, his implication was clear: he didn’t do it. Although I didn’t witness the incident, lots of my restaurant’s floor staff did. They had nothing to gain by lying. Corden did. 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.”

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Ellen DeGeneres To End Her Talk Show In 2022

Ellen DeGeneres announced this week that she’s planning on ending her long-running daytime talk show in 2022. 

“When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged, and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore.” 

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A representative for DeGeneres confirmed the news this week as well: “‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show,’ which has won 64 daytime Emmy Awards, is currently in its 18th season. The show will wrap after Season 19. DeGeneres will discuss her decision in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, scheduled to air on Thursday’s episode.”

The past year of the Covid-19 pandemic has also impacted the show, as it has the entire entertainment industry. The show went on a brief hiatus in December when DeGeneres was diagnosed with Covid-19. Staffing changes also were made last summer after some producers were called out for creating a toxic work environment. 

When her show returned in September for the Season 18 premiere, DeGeneres spoke about the negative reports and allegations and claimed that she was taking “responsibility” and “sorry” for anyone behind the scenes who had negative experiences. 

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DeGeneres also emphasized, however, that the allegations and discussions of a toxic work environment isn’t the reason that the show is coming to an end, although it definitely had an impact on her. 

“If I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn’t have come back this season. So, it’s not why I’m stopping, but it was hard because I was sitting at home, it was summer, and I saw a story that people have to chew gum before they talk to me and I’m like, ‘OK, this is hilarious.’ Then I see another story of some other ridiculous thing and then it just didn’t stop. And I wasn’t working, so I had no platform, and I didn’t want to address it on [Twitter] and I thought if I just don’t address it, it’s going to go away because it was all so stupid,” she said.

She also explained how one of the most difficult parts of her decisions is saying goodbye to her staff. 

“Listen, this is my family. They’ve become my best friends. I come to work and I laugh every single day.” 

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Is The ‘Ellen Appeal’ Starting to Fade?

Ellen DeGeneres certainly wasn’t prepared for the backlash she received after inviting Dakota Johnson to her show.

Following on from a year of criticism, DeGeneres asked about Johnson’s recent birthday party, asking her “how was the party? I wasn’t invited.” Clearly expecting an apology, DeGeneres looks surprised when Johnson replies “actually no, that’s not the truth Ellen, you were invited.” Johnson then went on to explain that DeGeneres had given her a lot of hassle the previous year for not being invited so she had made sure she was invited this year, and she did not come.

DeGeneres then continued to question Johnson asking, “this time you invited me? Are you sure? How do you know, I don’t think so.”

Clearly expecting Johnson to backtrack, DeGeneres looks shocked when Johnson told her to “ask everybody…ask Jonathan your producer.” Off screen, Jonathan confirms Johnson’s story, and DeGeneres then states she did not go because she “had that thing.”

While social media went mad about the awkward conversation — and the clip going viral — some online detectives dug deeper to find out where DeGeneres was. And it was not a pleasant discovery as her location was the subject of a previous issue DeGeneres had to deal with earlier in the year: a day at a football match with ‘war criminal’ George W. Bush.

Ellen DeGeneres has been the epitome of niceness throughout her 25 year career, first as a stand-up comedian, which followed her ground-breaking sitcom and finally, her current role as chat show host. However people, especially those in Los Angeles, are starting to wonder if all is as it seems.

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Rumors have been floating around for some time that DeGeneres’ personality is far more insincere than that of her on-screen persona. This is not something that would be a major issue if not for the fact she portrays herself as someone who is immensely liked throughout the industry, the American public, and the world, thanks to her ‘niceness.’

However this aspect of DeGeneres has been questioned several times over the years, moreso this year than any other in recent times. It has been commented that DeGeneres has wrapped herself in a bubble that seems to be withdrawing her from the actualities of what is happening around her.

And in a shocking turn of events, it seems that many internet users feel such a great depth of animosity that there is a high level of satisfaction at DeGeneres being ‘put in her place’ on her own show.

With the rise of awareness surrounding mental health issues — DeGeneres has talked a lot about her own troubles with depression — it is worrying to see so many people wanting DeGeneres to be humiliated in public, even if, as some say, it was a reaction to her seemingly trying to embarrass Johnson in the first place.

Many people are asking how someone who has done so much good work ensuring homosexuality is portrayed positively in the mainstream, someone who is incredibly gifted at their trade – both on television and in film – appears to have become so out of touch with her adoring fans?

Following rumors of her being mean to members of her staff, DeGeneres denied everything in an interview:

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“It’s an outright lie. The first day I said ‘The one thing I want is everyone here to be happy and proud of where they work, and if not, don’t work here.’ No one is going to raise their voice or not be grateful. That’s the rule to this day.”

While this has been seen to be a rule that encourages happiness within her staff, it can also be interpreted that if you are not proud of where you work you will be fired.

However, she has admitted that her on-screen personality is far nicer than her off-screen stating “the talk show is me, but I’m also playing a character of a talk-show host. There’s a tiny, tiny bit of difference.” That tiny bit of difference was apparent when she clearly felt defensive over Johnson’s responses.

Yet this is not the first time this year DeGeneres has faced criticism, in fact it is not even the second. Back in January Kevin Hart was asked to step down from hosting the Oscars after homophobic jokes were discovered in his past stand-up shows. The comedian and actor came under fire due to his joke that if he caught his son playing with a dolls house he would smash it over his head as it would be a sign that he was gay.

Following the widespread criticism he received, DeGeneres tried to claim that the outrage was merely ‘internet trolls’ being unkind, something that surprised everyone, especially considering the amount of pain she had to deal with following the fall out of her announcing she was gay in 1997. Petitions to have ABC cancel her sitcom, merely because she was gay, as well as being called ‘Ellen Degenerate’ caused her to experience public rejection, something she has had difficulties overcoming.

DeGeneres also experienced severe criticism over her friendship with George W. Bush with many slating her choice of friends. However, her comment that “just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean I’m not going to be friends with them” also received praise, including a hastily deleted tweet from Reese Witherspoon.