Restaurant Drama Makes for a Weird James Corden Interview

'New York Times' had already planned to sit down with the late night host
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2022 1:29 AM CDT
James Corden Responds to All That Restaurant Drama
James Corden attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 2, 2022, in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

A New York Times sitdown planned at the beginning of the month went a bit off the rails after the recent social media drama involving the subject of the interview, James Corden. Corden was supposed to be talking to the Times about his upcoming exit after more than eight years hosting The Late Late Show, and his new miniseries on Amazon Prime Video, Mammals. Instead, the sitdown involved quite a bit of time circling around Corden's reaction to restaurateur Keith McNally's Instagram announcement that he'd banned Corden from one of his restaurants due to multiple incidents in which the late night host treated staff rudely. McNally later claimed Corden had apologized, resulting in him being un-banned.

Corden repeatedly insisted it was "silly" to even discuss the incident, saying at one point, "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." But he also pointed out when a guest at the Manhattan restaurant where he was being interviewed got upset about the eggs she ordered, saying, "Can you imagine now, if we just blasted her on Twitter? Would that be fair? This is my point. It’s insane."

Dave Itzkoff writes in the Times that the interview was often "awkward." Read the full piece here, but don't expect an explanation from Corden about the incidents McNally wrote about, because he doesn't give one. Or, if you'd rather learn more about what in the world the "egg yolk omelet" at the center of all this drama could be, the Washington Post tried to make one. (Read more James Corden stories.)

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