James Corden is in the news again — this time for pretending he doesn’t even keep up with all the stories claiming he’s super rude in real life.
Corden made headlines earlier this week after Keith McNally, owner of the French brasserie Balthazar in New York, made a post about banning the celebrity from his establishments due to his unacceptable behavior.
“James Corden is an extremely gifted comedian, but a shadow of a man,” McNally began, going on to explain how Corden has been “the most abusive customer” to his Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago.
Although McNally and Corden made amends — he apologized and was disbarred just hours later — the story didn’t end there.
Some of the people who unfolded the whole thing had their own horror stories about the comedian.
YouTube collective The Try Guys’ Becky Habersberger, who is married to founding member Keith Habersberger, also posted a TikTok in which she talks candidly about Corden throwing a tantrum and yelling at a busboy outside an LA restaurant.
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On Thursday, The New York Times published an interview with Corden where he focuses far too much on not focus on his bad behavior.
When the reporter interviewing him asked if he was feeling OK, Corden seemed a bit defensive and evasive. “About what? What do you mean?” he asked.
“About your Karen era, Jimmy,” we wish the reporter had said. Instead, they took the friendlier route and asked Corden directly about the Balthazar-related social media posts.
“I haven’t read anything yet. It’s strange,” said the Cats actor, feigning a suspicious level of obliviousness for someone who called McNally to save face only a few hours after his IG post.
“Of course, babies. Sure,” the NOW reporter should have said, but did not.
“I didn’t do anything wrong, on any level,” Corden said, really making sure to drive home the point that he was completely cold about this non-factor of a story.
Throughout the duration of the interview, Corden repeatedly called the whole thing “so silly,” implying that the people who believe he’s arrogant with restaurant staff are by a very thin and insignificant margin.
“Shouldn’t we all grow up a bit about this?” Corden suggested. “I just think it’s among all of us. It’s beneath you. It is definitely under your publication.”
In his interview, Corden also said he was probably going to have to talk about the scandal The Late Late Show Monday.
Let’s see what comes out of it. 👀