I didn’t think that James Corden could be any more insufferable following the restaurant drama of the last week but he’s somehow managed it when speaking on the topic with a reporter from the NY Times.
The reporter notes that, while he and Corden dined, they overhead another patron send back their eggs. Corden then told him:
“Happens every day. It’s happening in 55,000 restaurants as we speak. It’s always about eggs.”
More archly, he added, “Can you imagine now, if we just blasted her on Twitter? Would that be fair? This is my point. It’s insane.”
In what the reporter describes as an awkward conversation, Corden defiantly says he’s not going to address the accusations surrounding him but that he probably will on Monday night’s taping of his show.
“I haven’t done anything wrong, on any level. So why would I ever cancel this? 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.”
The reporter notes Corden both dances around the subject while also acting like he’s unaware of it:
Asked if he was feeling all right, Corden cagily said: “About what? What do you mean?”
When asked directly if he was aware of the conversation about him that McNally’s posts had initiated, Corden said: “I haven’t really read anything. 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.”
He says he doesn’t care about the online criticism of him while complaining it’s like the school principal giving a microphone to the school bullies:
“Should we not all be a little grown-up about this? I promise you, ask around this restaurant. They don’t know about this. Maybe 15 percent 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.”
Well, that doesn’t sound like a guy who “apologised profusely” to the manager of Balthazar after all this drama kicked off initially. Unless he was apologising profusely for doing nothing wrong? Then again James Corden seems exactly the kind of guy to grovel in private and then give an interview acting like he’s done nothing wrong. I guess that’s why he has the reputation he does.
He probably pays so much money to his PR team and none of them could tell him this wasn’t the way to answer questions about this story? “It’s certainly beneath your publication” – the arrogance is mind blowing! Own up to your behaviour (like you did in private), give a sincere apology and move on. It’s not that hard, is it?
Then again, Corden does have a reputation for being a massive d*ck to people in general – here are a few more examples from folk around the internet.