James Corden issues groveling apology to Ricky Gervais

James Corden issues groveling apology to Ricky Gervais after ‘inadvertently’ using his 2018 stand up joke ‘word for word’ on Late Late Show

  • James Cordon issued an apology to Ricky Gervais after repeating his 2018 stand-up joke about guitar lessons on The Late Late Show
  • The apology was after Gervais tweeted clip of Corden using his joke during television show on Halloween night 
  • Corden’s joke is directly repeating Gervais’ joke from his 2018 Netflix stand-up comedy gig Ricky Gervais: Humanity
  • Gervais, retweeting a clip of Corden repeating his joke, said in a since deleted tweet: ‘The bit about the town square advert for guitar lessons is brilliant’
  • Gervais said he deleted the original tweet because he ‘felt sorry for Corden’

James Corden has issued an apology to Ricky Gervais after ‘inadvertently’ using his 2018 stand-up joke on his Late Late Show.

The television host’s apology comes after Gervais, 61, tweeted a clip from Corden’s show on Halloween night when he repeated the joke from his 2018 Netflix stand-up comedy gig Ricky Gervais: Humanity.

Gervais’ stolen joke is about Twitter users getting angry about a poster in a town square about guitar lessons.

 ‘Inadvertently told a brilliant Ricky Gervais joke on the show last night, obviously not knowing it came from him.

‘It’s brilliant, because it’s a Ricky Gervais joke. You can watch all Ricky’s excellent specials on Netflix,’ Corden wrote on Twitter.

Tuesday morning, Gervais retweeted a clip of Corden repeating his joke on The Late Late Show last night, and said in a since deleted tweet: ‘The bit about the town square advert for guitar lessons is brilliant.’

The comedian said he deleted the original tweet because he ‘felt sorry for Corden’.  

James Cordon issued an apology to Ricky Gervais after repeating his 2018 stand-up joke about guitar lessons on The Late Late Show on Halloween night 

Gervais, 61, tweeted a clip from Corden’s show, which aired on Halloween night, in which the host jokes about Twitter users getting angry about a poster in a town square about guitar lessons

But Corden’s joke is directly repeating Gervais’ joke from his 2018 Netflix stand-up comedy gig Ricky Gervais: Humanity

But Corden’s joke is a copy – practically word for word – of Gervais’ joke that he made in 2018. In 2018, Gervais said that people were taking things too personally on Twitter

Gervais said in 2018: ‘They choose to read my tweet, and then take that personally. ‘That’s like going into a town square, seeing a big notice board and there’s a notice – guitar lessons – and you go, ‘But I don’t want f***ing guitar lessons’.’

What Corden said: 

‘If someone puts up a poster in a town square that says ‘guitar lessons available’, like you don’t get people in the town going: ‘I don’t want to play guitar! I want to play the piano you piece of s**t’!’

‘Well that sign wasn’t for you. It was for somebody else! You don’t have to get mad about all of it.’

What Gervais said in 2018:

‘They choose to read my tweet, and then take that personally. 

‘That’s like going into a town square, seeing a big notice board and there’s a notice – guitar lessons – and you go, ‘But I don’t want f***ing guitar lessons’.’

Gervais added: ‘Fine, it’s not for you then, just walk away. Don’t worry about it!’ 

On an episode of his Halloween show, released last night, Corden was speaking about Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter when he made the joke. 

Corden, who has been embroiled in controversy in recent months over the omelette saga, said: ‘If someone puts up a poster in a town square that says ‘guitar lessons available’, like you don’t get people in the town going: ‘I don’t want to play guitar! I want to play the piano you piece of s**t’!’

‘Well that sign wasn’t for you. It was for somebody else! You don’t have to get mad about all of it.’

But Corden’s joke is a copy – practically word for word – of Gervais’ joke that he made in 2018. 

In 2018, Gervais, the star of the UK’s version of The Office and who has hosted the Golden Globes five times, said that people were taking things too personally on Twitter. 

He said in his comedy sketch: ‘They choose to read my tweet, and then take that personally. 

‘That’s like going into a town square, seeing a big notice board and there’s a notice – guitar lessons – and you go, ‘But I don’t want f***ing guitar lessons’.’

Gervais added: ‘Fine, it’s not for you then, just walk away. Don’t worry about it!’ 

Gervais noticed how Corden’s sketch was copied from his own 2018 and tweeted about it. 

When a fan asked the British comedian whether Corden had asked permission to use the joke, Gervais said: ‘No. I reckon one of the writers ‘came up with it’ for him. I doubt he would knowingly just copy such a famous stand up routine word for word like that.’

The Late Late Show has also deleted the video of Corden making the joke from their Twitter page. 

DailyMail.com has contacted representatives for Corden and Gervais for comment. 

Corden has been embroiled in controversy after he was accused by staff at the Balthazar restaurant in New York of screaming at them after they served his wife received an egg-yolk omelet with egg-white in it.

Gervais mocked Corden for his behavior by re-sharing a tweet from a fun poking fun at the talk show host. 

The tweet included a clip from Gervais’ Netflix show After Life, where his character Tony mocks Corden by saying ‘f**k me* when a star of the show said Corden would be in her top five dinner party guests.

When a fan asked the British comedian whether Corden had asked permission to use the joke, Gervais said: ‘No. I reckon one of the writers ‘came up with it’ for him. I doubt he would knowingly just copy such a famous stand up routine word for word like that’

Earlier this month, Balthazar owner Keith McNally announced on Instagram that Corden was banned from the restaurant as punishment for rude and childish behavior on two occasions.  

On the first occasion, Corden was upset that a hair had been found in his food and demanded free drinks to make up for it, according to McNally. 

The second occasion involved his wife Julia ordering an egg-yolk omelet and receiving a plate with egg white on it. The final straw was when the remade omelet was sent out with a side of home fries instead of salad.

Corden apologized for his behavior on an episode of The Late Late Show earlier this month and McNally lifted his ban on Corden visiting the restaurant. 

But McNally reignited the feud this week, saying Corden ‘will say anything to save his bacon’.

McNally was reacting to recently-revealed text messages Corden sent to a journalist which said he ‘never screamed at anyone’ after an omelet served to his wife was supposedly cooked incorrectly.

McNally claimed Corden’s messages to a journalist claiming he didn’t shout were ‘a massive lie’

McNally, owner of celeb favorite Balthazar, used this photo of Corden for his Instagram post

McNally said recently-revealed texts from Corden showed he’ll ‘say anything to save his bacon’

It had appeared the feud was over after Corden issued an apology and McNally lifted his ban 

In a post on Instagram yesterday, McNally said: ‘LAST POST ON THIS NON-STORY:

‘I don’t want to over-egg the pudding, but in Friday’s London Times Corden flip-flopped and told a massive lie AGAIN:

”I never screamed at anyone, I didn’t shout, didn’t call anyone a name or swear or use derogatory language… How is it remotely a thing? When that person who posted the story wasn’t even there.’

‘On second viewing, I found his TV ‘confessional’ contrived and phony. The actor will say anything to save his bacon.

‘In the scheme of things my opinion means nothing, but after Friday’s interview and a second look at his fraudulent confessional, I’ve given up on James Corden. For Good.

‘END OF STORY.’

Corden apologized on The Late Late Show and McNally accepted, but the feud has restarted

He didn’t clarify whether Corden was formally re-banned, but the post suggest he’s unlikely ever to return to the restaurant.

The infamous omelet saga began on October 9 when Corden and his wife Julia dined at the restaurant with friends. Julia asked for an all-yolk omelet – something that is not on the extensive brunch menu.

When it arrived, the dish contained some egg whites. Corden sent it back to the kitchen and when it returned, he says it was still ‘wrong’.

McNally first shamed Corden on Instagram, telling his followers how the comedian had twice abused staff.

He said: ‘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 omelet myself!’

Corden addressed the controversy on his show last Monday and issued an apology, causing McNally to forgive the comic and unban him.

But McNally once again tore into Corden over the text messages reported in The Times.

Julia, Corden’s wife (pictured), ordered an egg-yolk omelet because of an allergy to egg whites

In a stream of text messages, Corden said the incident and its backlash has ‘been the most surreal moment,’ while adding that McNally was not present when his wife Julia was served the wrong order.

‘I mean, it’s so odd,’ he writes.

‘I never screamed at anyone, I didn’t shout, didn’t call anyone a name or swear or use derogatory language … how is it remotely a thing? And that be OK?

‘And now it’s fact, and that’s that. When the person who posted the story wasn’t even there. Just so odd.’

He added: ‘I have never talked about eggs this much.’

McNally also owns Pastis, Minetta Tavern and Morandi in the West Village – three well-known, well-respected New York institutions that are regularly frequented by celebrities.

There are only two omelets on the menu at Balthazar; the $25 Omelet with Herbs, and the $27, Egg-White Omelet. Both come with a side of home fries or salad.

Servers explained to DailyMail.com that Corden was asking for something that is not offered and was angry when it wasn’t up to his standards.

‘He wanted an omelet that had only egg yolks. Not the egg-white omelet, just egg yolks,’ said one.

‘Why then would you even bother ordering an omelet if you’re allergic to eggs?’

In his apology for the outburst, Corden said: ‘Because I didn’t shout or scream, I didn’t get up out of my seat, I didn’t call anyone names or use derogatory language, I have been walking around thinking that I’ve not done anything wrong.

‘But I have. I made a rude comment,’ he said, adding that he ‘values and respects’ anyone and everyone in the service industry.

Corden’s current contract with Viacom CBS for his Late Late Show expires next year.

He and his wife are selling their $9.7million home in Brentwood and are planning to return to the UK next year.

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