Chelsea Handler lays down hilarious dig at James Corden in opening monologue

Chelsea Handler lays down hilarious dig at James Corden in opening monologue
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Comedian Chelsea Handler delivered a hilarious dig against talk show host James Corden during her opening monologue at the Critics Choice Awards.

A few minutes into her monologue, Handler, who is hosting the ceremony, called for a round of applause for Hulu’s The Bear.

“They showed us how gruelling and absolutely miserable working in the restaurant industry can be, and they didn’t even have to wait on James Corden,” Handler sledged.

Watch the clip above.

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Chelsea Handler delivers hilarious monologue at 2023 Critics' Choice Awards
Handler delivered a hilarious dig at Corden, and his terrible customer reputation. (YouTube)

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The audience immediately erupted in laughter.

The joke refers to the famous ousting of Corden by New York restaurateur Keith McNally last yearwho called out Corden in an Instagram post.

McNally caused a scandal when he called the talk show host the “most abusive customer” to his staff since his restaurant Balthazar opened 25 years ago.

“James Corden is a Hugely gifted comedian, but a tiny Cretin of a man,” McNally wrote in his famous Instagram post. “I don’t often 86 a customer, [but] today I 86’d Corden. It did not make me laugh,” he added.

To ’86’ a customer is a restaurant term for banning a customer.

McNally later took back the ban on Cordenafter the talk show host apologised to him over the phone.

NYC restaurateur bans James Corden for allegedly poor behaviour towards staff
McNally banned Corden from his restaurant Balthazar, calling the talk show how the “most abusive” customer he’d had in 25 years. (Getty/Instagram)

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“Anyone magnanimous enough to apologize to a deadbeat layabout like me (and my staff) doesn’t deserve to be banned from anywhere,” McNally wrote just seven hours after initially banning Corden.

“Especially Balthazar. So Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Corden, Jimmy Corden. All is Forgiven. xx,” he added.

Corden later addressed the controversy on his late-night talk show.

Viola Davis at the 2023 Critics' Choice Awards
Handler landed another joke about Nick Cannon while pointing out celebrated actress Viola Davis in the crowd. (YouTube)

“I’ve been walking around thinking that I hadn’t done anything wrong, right, but the truth is I have,” Corden told his audience. “I made a rude comment and it was wrong, it was an unnecessary comment, it was ungracious to the server,” he added.

During her opening monologue, Handler also took a dig at American TV host Nick Cannon.

When pointing to actress Viola Davis and her performance in The Woman KingHandler noted that Davis got a DNA test to figure out the best workout for her genetic makeup.

“Which also coincidentally revealed that she is Nick Cannon’s daughter,” Handler joked, causing Davis to breakout into a laugh.

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