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October 20, 2022

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James Corden is welcome at New York City’s Balthazar again.

Restaurant owner Keith McNally said the late-night talk show host, 44, issued an apology to him after McNally, 71, slammed Corden for his alleged behavior in the restaurant.

James Corden just called me and apologized profusely,” McNally wrote alongside a photo of Corden on Instagram. “Having f—ed up myself more than most people, I strongly believe in second chances.”

He then joked that Corden is allowed back at his restaurant under one condition, writing: “So if James Corden lets me host his Late Late Show for 9 months, I’ll immediately rescind his ban from Balthazar.”

Continued McNally: “No, of course not. But….anyone magnanimous enough to apologize to a deadbeat layabout like me (and my staff) doesn’t deserve to be banned from anywhere. Especially Balthazar.”

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He ended by addressing Corden directly, writing, “So Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Corden, Jimmy Corden. All is Forgiven. xx.”

A representative for Corden did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

His alleged apology comes hours after McNally said Corden was “86’d” from Balthazar.

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James Corden is a Hugely gifted comedian, but a tiny Cretin of a man,” he wrote earlier Monday. “And the most abusive customer to my Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago.”

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McNally added, “I don’t often 86 a customer, [but] today I 86’d Corden. It did not make me laugh.”

He went on to describe what he called the “funny man’s treatment of my staff” from two times Corden came into his establishment and claimed Corden had similar behavior at McNally’s previous restaurant, Cafe Luxembourg.

The first account, McNally said, dates back to June, when Corden was seated at table 61 and found a hair in his food.

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“Although this is diabolical, it happens Very occasionally in all restaurants,” McNally wrote.

He alleged that once Corden finished eating his main course, the “TV personality showed the hair to Balthazar manager G. who was very apologetic. Corden was extremely nasty to G, and said: ‘Get us another round of drinks this second. And also take care of all of our drinks so far. This way I write any nasty reviews in yelp or anything like that.’ ”

In another incident that allegedly occurred earlier this month, McNally accused Corden of complaining about his wife’s food.

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McNally alleged, “That’s when James Corden began yelling like crazy to the server: ‘You can’t do your job! You can’t do your job! Maybe I should go into the kitchen and cook the omelette myself!’ ”

He said the server was “very apologetic and brought G. over to the table. He returned the dish, and after that, everything was fine. He gave them promo Champagne glasses to smooth things out. G. said that Corden was pleasant to him but nasty to the server.’ M.K. was very shaken, but professional that she is, continued to finish her shift.’ ”

McNally previously told Page Six that he was “reluctant” to publicize Corden’s alleged actions but “did so out of loyalty to restaurant servers everywhere.”

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