Balthazar owner Keith McNally hits back at James Corden after he claimed he ‘didn’t do anything wrong’
Balthazar owner Keith McNally was on the receiving end of James Corden’s “Today” show late Wednesday, taking to the airwaves to defend his company and its practices.
The NBC host accused him of being the “biggest liar” in his “30 Rock” segment. Corden cited a piece he published in Wednesday’s edition of The Hollywood Reporter, alleging that McNally had cheated his company of $100,000. He further alleged that Balthazar had a “business model” that consisted of taking advantage of his “dinner parties” and inviting guests to stay at his “luxury” and exclusive hotel.
But McNally — who took to the airwaves last week to defend himself against a string of accusations of sexual misconduct — was able to hit back at Corden, saying, “Let’s just get right to the part that I have been trying to get to for the last six months.”
“I told you that I will not be bullied,” McNally said. “Let’s just get right to the part of the interview where I’ve been telling you a long time and telling you repeatedly that I am a very good businessman, and that I never ever, ever cheated my own company out of money.
“And I’ve been lying to you for six months,” he concluded.
In response, Corden defended the accuracy of his initial claims, blaming his “30 Rock” audience for the “misleading” piece he published about Balthazar.
“Thank you for your patience, James, I really appreciate your persistence,” McNally began to say in