Sorry, not sorry.
After supposedly apologizing "profusely" over his bad behavior at a popular New York City restaurant, James Corden is taking back his mea culpa.
"I haven't done anything wrong, on any level. So why would I ever cancel this [interview,]" he told a New York Times reporter after the incident at Balthazar. "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."
Balthazar owner Keith McNally took to Instagram on Oct. 17, to publicly 86 James from the restaurant, calling the "Late Late Show" host "a tiny Cretin of a man." In fact, the restaurateur said James is "the most abusive customer to my Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago."
The restauranteur went into detail and described several instances in which James was "nasty" to servers and staff, including one episode in which the TV host allegedly berated a server after an omelette wasn't to his wife's liking.
Keith then rescinded the Balthazar ban after James "apologized profusely."
Ironically, during the interview with the Times which took place at a restaurant, a woman at a nearby table complained about her meal.
"Happens every day," James said. "It's happening in 55,000 restaurants as we speak. It's always about eggs."
Thinking of his own situation, he said, "Can you imagine now, if we just blasted her on Twitter? Would that be fair? This is my point. It's insane."
After James' about face, the owner of Balthazar scolded James on Instagram.
"I've no wish to kick a man when he's down. Especially one who's worth $100 Million, but when James Corden said in yesterday's NY Times that he hadn't done 'anything wrong, on any level,' was he joking? Or was he denying being abusive to my servers? Whatever Corden meant, his implication was clear: he didn't do it," Keith said. "Although I didn't witness the incident, lots of my restaurant's floor staff did. They had nothing to gain by lying. Corden did."
He then had a proposition.
"I wish James Corden would live up to his Almighty initials and come clean. If the supremely talented actor wants to retrieve the respect he had from all his fans (all 4 of them) before this incident, then he should at least admit he did wrong," Keith said. "If he goes one step further and apologizes to the 2 servers he insulted, I'll let him eat for free at Balthazar for the next 10 years."