James Corden and Anna Wintour — fellow Brits who were enjoying a fancy L.A. meal together — suddenly experienced an icy chill when the TV chatterbox asked fashion icon to excuse him while he stepped outside for a smoke!
“Anna refused to excuse James from the table,” spilled a startled spywitness.
“She just arched a perfect eyebrow, and then launched into a harsh lecture about how he should quit the nasty, unhealthy habit … before it’s too late!
“James — who typically doesn’t take any crap from anyone — just sat there like a naughty English schoolboy about to get a paddling by a strict schoolmaster!
“He couldn’t wait for the dire dinner to end so he could get out of the chilly situation … and puff away at will on his way back home!”