Airline 'bans' James Corden amid 'most abusive customer' controversy

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By stefan armitage

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An Irish airline has thrown its hat in the conversation regarding the recent controversy surrounding James Corden.

Earlier this week, New York City restauranteur Keith McNally shared an Instagram post, in which, he branded The Late Late Show host the "most abusive customer" he's ever had visit the Balthazar restaurant.

In the now-viral post, shared on Monday, McNally wrote: "James Corden is a Hugely gifted comedian, but a tiny Cretin of a man. And the most abusive customer to my Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago. I don't often 86 a customer, to today I 86'd Corden."

Fortunately, it appears as if Corden was able to win his way back into McNally's good graces, as the restaurant owner later claimed that the 44-year-old Cats star had called him to apologize.

"James Corden just called me and apologized profusely," McNally wrote. "Having f**ked up myself more than most people, I strongly believe in second chances. So if James Corden lets me host his Late Late Show for 9 months, I’ll immediately rescind his ban from Balthazar.

"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. So Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Corden, Jimmy Corden. All is Forgiven."

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However, following just how viral McNally's posts went, it wasn't long before other companies started poking fun at the situation.

For example, Irish budget airline Ryanair has now written in a viral tweet that Corden is "banned" from flying with them.

Sharing a picture of Corden on an airplane with a big red line through his face, the airline's social media team wrote: "James Corden BANNED from Ryanair".

Of course, given Ryanair's previous posts tapping into what's trending on social media, it's safe to assume that the whole thing is very much a joke. (And as many people pointed out, it is unlikely that millionaire movie star James Corden flies with the budget airline.)

Nevertheless, the humorous post still amassed more than 290,000 'likes' and over 12,600 retweets on the platform.

Twitter users were also quick to comment with their reactions to the supposed gag.

"I support any actions that prevent him returning to the UK," one person responded.

A second added: "Just Ryanair trying to jump on the back of the restaurant story and gain some free publicity, do you really think James Corden would fly with Ryanair? It's worked though, because here we are, all tweeting about it!"

However, I think the last laugh goes to this annoyed Ryanair customer: "Dublin to Lisbon? Any update? Over 3hrs delayed now. Still sitting on the tarmac in Dublin".

Let's hope they eventually made it to Lisbon.

Featured image credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy

Airline 'bans' James Corden amid 'most abusive customer' controversy

vt-author-image

By stefan armitage

Article saved!Article saved!

An Irish airline has thrown its hat in the conversation regarding the recent controversy surrounding James Corden.

Earlier this week, New York City restauranteur Keith McNally shared an Instagram post, in which, he branded The Late Late Show host the "most abusive customer" he's ever had visit the Balthazar restaurant.

In the now-viral post, shared on Monday, McNally wrote: "James Corden is a Hugely gifted comedian, but a tiny Cretin of a man. And the most abusive customer to my Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago. I don't often 86 a customer, to today I 86'd Corden."

Fortunately, it appears as if Corden was able to win his way back into McNally's good graces, as the restaurant owner later claimed that the 44-year-old Cats star had called him to apologize.

"James Corden just called me and apologized profusely," McNally wrote. "Having f**ked up myself more than most people, I strongly believe in second chances. So if James Corden lets me host his Late Late Show for 9 months, I’ll immediately rescind his ban from Balthazar.

"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. So Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Corden, Jimmy Corden. All is Forgiven."

size-large wp-image-1263173976
Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy

However, following just how viral McNally's posts went, it wasn't long before other companies started poking fun at the situation.

For example, Irish budget airline Ryanair has now written in a viral tweet that Corden is "banned" from flying with them.

Sharing a picture of Corden on an airplane with a big red line through his face, the airline's social media team wrote: "James Corden BANNED from Ryanair".

Of course, given Ryanair's previous posts tapping into what's trending on social media, it's safe to assume that the whole thing is very much a joke. (And as many people pointed out, it is unlikely that millionaire movie star James Corden flies with the budget airline.)

Nevertheless, the humorous post still amassed more than 290,000 'likes' and over 12,600 retweets on the platform.

Twitter users were also quick to comment with their reactions to the supposed gag.

"I support any actions that prevent him returning to the UK," one person responded.

A second added: "Just Ryanair trying to jump on the back of the restaurant story and gain some free publicity, do you really think James Corden would fly with Ryanair? It's worked though, because here we are, all tweeting about it!"

However, I think the last laugh goes to this annoyed Ryanair customer: "Dublin to Lisbon? Any update? Over 3hrs delayed now. Still sitting on the tarmac in Dublin".

Let's hope they eventually made it to Lisbon.

Featured image credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy