James Gordon admits to ‘crude,’ ‘brilliant’ comments in Balthazar


James Gordon faced a choice when hosting the first episode of his “Late Late Show” last week, after the owner of a New York restaurant became the center of controversy after accusing him of misbehaving with his employees.

The “Carpool Karaoke” funnyman had a little bit of both, though he did admit to being “unkind” and making a rude comment to a server who brought his wife an improperly prepared meal at Balthazar’s, owner Keith McNally described on Instagram. Last week’s post.

“If you make a mistake, you have to take responsibility,” Gordon said at the start of his CBS show on Tuesday morning.

TL; Last Monday night began a DR recap of the drama surrounding the late-night host, the provocatively famous McNally, Announced on Instagram He banned Gordon from his Manhattan-by-way-of-Paris bistro, Balthazar. The restaurant detailed two instances where the comedian allegedly abused his staff, including when Gordon allegedly yelled at a server for his wife’s food during a recent visit. All Yolk Omelet Not done as instructed.

James Gordon sent back an egg yolk omelette – so we tried to make one

Gordon, McNally said, returned the omelet because it contained a small amount of egg whites. The kitchen remade the dish, but sent it back wrong side up, prompting Gordon to scream. “You can’t do your job! You can’t do your job!” Gordon said, according to McNally, who cited the manager’s statement about the incident. “Maybe I should go into the kitchen and cook myself an omelette!”

Hours after McNally’s initial post, everything seemed copacetic when Corden posted an apology and was welcomed back.

But the silence didn’t last long: In an interview with The New York Times published Thursday, Gordon appeared to deny the allegations. “I didn’t do anything wrong on any level,” he said, prompting McNally to rejoin his beef. “If he goes one step further and apologizes to the 2 servers he insulted, I’ll let him eat at Balthazar’s for free for the next 10 years,” McNally wrote.

In his opening monologue Tuesday, Gordon offered a more innocent account of the scene than McNally suggested. His wife noted that the omelet had to be made with all egg yolks because she had a “severe allergy,” which they explained to the wait staff.

Gordon said his wife was served food she was allergic to and they sent it back with no fix. “When her food came to the table wrong for the third time, in the heat of the moment, I made a sarcastic, rude comment about cooking it myself,” he said. “It’s a comment I deeply regret.”

Gordon also explained his initial denial that he had done nothing wrong, implying that he had done something to reflect the incident. “Because I didn’t yell, scream or call anybody names … I was walking around thinking I didn’t do anything wrong, but the truth is, I did,” he said. “I made a rude comment and it was wrong. It was an unwanted comment. It was rude to the server.

Gordon said he called McNally and said he thought they had “cleared the air … personally.” But, he said, “at the time, the story was out and people were upset.”

The late-night host, who is leaving his long-running show next year, hinted that he might take McNally up on the offer of a free meal.

“I love that restaurant, I love the staff there, and I hope to be admitted one day so that when I come back to New York, I can go there,” he said. “And apologize in person, which I absolutely will.”

Later in the day, McNally acknowledged Gordon’s “gracious” mee culpa, and again, all the chicks seemed buried. “It takes a real man to do this,” McNally wrote Tuesday afternoon Instagram post. “In the past, I’ve behaved much worse than Gordon, but I’m not man enough to apologize.”

McNally said he lifted the ban on Corden from dining at Balthazar’s and replaced it with one for himself as a joke. “I’m going to ban myself from Balthazar for 2 weeks,” he wrote. “People who live in glass houses…”

This story has been updated.

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