Why is James Corden hated by many? This isn’t the first time he’s been in hot water.
The court of public opinion is a powerful one, especially in this day and age where someone is one salacious tweet or unsavory part of their past being aired out on the internet from having their career ruined.
Some public figures and celebrities are more affected by this than others and manage to sidestep the PR disaster part where they lose their jobs, like James Corden. But why do people seem to hate him so much?
Seriously, why do people hate James Corden?
The hatred for James Corden actually goes back several years. In May of 2019, a collection of personal experiences that people had with the comedian “behind the scenes” were aired out in a Reddit AMA. Chief among them was a plane incident involving James. Here’s the gist of the story: An observer saw the host seated in first class ahead of them on a plane. James sat down, and a woman with a crying baby sat down next to him.
James didn’t cause a stink about the crying child, much to the observer’s surprise. He instead opted to just put his headphones on and keep to himself. After the plane landed, the woman with the crying baby began struggling to get her luggage before turning to James and cursing him out to help with the baby while she got their bags.
It turns out the woman was his wife. The baby was his.
Other anecdotal stories in the AMA point to James’s less than stellar track record in his interactions with fans, like one person who saw him cursing out everyone in a restaurant while he was hanging out with Harry Styles (who was cool).
Then there was the story that he attended a Writers Guild Association meeting to advocate for lowering pay for writers. He was also allegedly extremely rude to production assistants and staff while filming the U.K. game show A League of Their Own.
James Corden is under fire again for his behavior at NYC’s Balthazar restaurant.
In October of 2022, James was once again thrust into the unflattering spotlight. This time it was with an Instagram post from Keith McCall, the owner of popular NYC restaurant Balthazar. “James Corden is a hugely gifted comedian, but a tiny cretin of a man,” Keith wrote before diving into some of James’s past alleged behavior at the restaurant.
Keith shared that, according to several reports from managers at his restaurant, James was “extremely nasty” to servers and demanded special treatment due to his celebrity status. As a result, Keith banned James from dining at Balthazar.
Shortly after sharing his initial post, Keith posted again saying that James had called him to apologize for his behavior, and was summarily un-banned. “Anyone magnanimous enough to apologize to a deadbeat layabout like me (and my staff) doesn’t deserve to be banned from anywhere,” Keith wrote. Unfortunately for James, the people of the internet were not so quick to forgive and forget.
Tons of people began sharing additional anecdotes of James’s alleged rudeness and his public persona not matching his TV-friendly image. Even Becky Habersberger (of Try Guys-adjacent podcast You Can Sit With Us fame) added her own James Corden story:
Again, it’s important to note that all of these stories are anecdotal rejections of James’s “nice guy” persona, one that many people say is false. But there are also two video incidents on the internet of James engaging in some behavior some would deem unprofessional and mean-spirited, like the time he was beefing with Patrick Stewart during an awards show ceremony:
There’s also this clip from 2016 that’s been making the rounds again. In it, Jimmy Kimmel appears on The Late Late Show and plays “Spill Your Guts” with James. In the final round, James is forced to choose between two options: Name two cameramen currently in the studio (who have presumably filmed his show many, many nights), or drink a fish smoothie. James appears unable to name any member of the crew. You can see that interaction here (starting at about 6:55):
In short, there are several stories out there detailing why some people have an issue with James Corden. Most of them are due to alleged bad behavior and undermining his “nice guy” persona.
Cats might also have something to do with it, too.