James Corden has been banned from Balthazar

Eating out is great as long as you stick to the one unwritten rule of dining out: don’t be a jerk to the waitstaff.

Sadly, it looks like James Corden may not have gotten the memo on that — and now he’s paying the price.

Restauranteur Keith McNally, owner of NYC restaurant Balthazar, recently posted on Instagram that the comedian has actually been banned from the famed bistro.

In the post, Keith calls James a “little idiot of a man” and claims he was the “most abusive customer of my Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago”.

Keith went on to point out two recent alleged examples of how James had treated Balthazar’s waitstaff, while also noting that he “behaved the same way” at Keith’s former restaurant, Cafe Luxembourg, “a few years ago.”

In the first example, Keith claims that James was “extremely mean” to a server and demanded another round of drinks, as well as the drinks order from his table. “This way I [won’t] write nasty reviews on Yelp or something like that,” Keith says, James says.

According to Keith, the second incident took place over lunch, when Corden’s wife, Julia Carey, received her egg yolk omelet and found that it had some protein in it.

When the dish was recreated and brought back to the table, it featured a side of home fries instead of a salad—which is when James reportedly lost his cool.

“You can’t do your job! You can’t do your job!” Keith claims James yelled at the server. “Maybe I should go to the kitchen and cook the omelette myself!”

The situation was eventually resolved with glasses of complementary champagne, but Keith also claims that James was “pleasant” to the floor manager but “nasty” to the server.

James has yet to respond to Keith’s allegations, but either way, it doesn’t sound like he’ll be going back to Balthazar for a while – or ever. And maybe that’s not a bad thing at all! For the waitstaff, at least.

Read Keith’s full post here.

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