Awkward Celeb Interviews From The 2010s We Can Never Forget

Awkward Celeb Interviews From The 2010s We Can Never Forget

When a celebrity sits down for a one-on-one
interview, it always seems harmless enough … at first. But in the past 10 years, these exchanges
have often gone awry, ending in cursing, screaming, and sudden walkouts. These are the last decade’s most uncomfortable
celebrity interviews. In 2014, Samuel L. Jackson stopped by KTLA
morning news to promote his new film – a remake of Robocop. Reporter Sam Rubin simply couldn’t wait to
ask him all about his career. There was just one problem, though: He was
confusing Jackson with another African-American actor, Laurence Fishburne. “The Super Bowl commercial! Did you get a lot of reaction from that Super
Bowl commercial?” “…What Super Bowl commercial?” Upon realizing his mistake, Rubin does his
best to apologize for the mix-up. Jackson, of course, is not about to let it
go. “You’re the entertainment reporter for this
station, and you don’t know the difference between me and Laurence Fishburne?” As Rubin continues making apologies left and
right, Jackson clearly isn’t having it. “Really? Really?” “I apologize.” “I’m the other guy. The other one. ‘What’s in your wallet?” Later, Jackson points out: “I’ve actually never done a McDonald’s or
a Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial. I know that’s surprising.” Rubin later ends the interview by saying: “They’re pushing us along and I’m probably
going to get spanked in the most extraordinary way, with good reason.” A month later, Jackson hadn’t forgotten this
cringiest of cringeworthy interviews. He tweeted a photo of himself wearing a shirt
that reads: “I’m not Laurence Fishburne.” Meanwhile, Fishburne said that this was a
common mistake – just like how people used to confuse Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino back
in the day. In his opinion, “It’s not a bad problem to have.” “Not at all.” “No.” Krishnan Guru-Murthy is a British journalist
who’s increasingly made a name for himself as a button-pusher. He certainly managed to get under Robert Downey
Jr.’s skin in 2015, pummelling the actor with extremely personal questions about his so-called
“dark times.” “Uhhh… are we promoting a movie?” Sure, sometimes it’s a journalist’s job to
ask the tough questions… but at this point, we all know the Iron Man star struggled with
substance abuse in the past. To add insult to injury, the tense interview
occurred during a press event for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Not exactly the time or the place. “Your foot is starting to jump a little bit. You better get to your next question.” Meanwhile, Downey Jr. was only there with
the express purpose of promoting his new film. That certainly didn’t dissuade Guru-Murthy: “We also would like to talk a little bit about
you. I don’t know how comfortable you are… talking…
talking about yourself at the moment.” “You have as much time as anyone else will.” This line of questioning eventually caused
Downey to end the interview – and it’s a gloriously awkward moment: “I’m sorry, I really don’t know, what are
we doing?” “Well I’m just asking questions, that’s all.” “Right. Bye.” On his way out the door, Downey called Guru-Murthy
a “schmuck.” During a subsequent appearance on Howard Stern,
the actor said, “What I have to do in the future is give myself
permission to say ‘That is more than likely a syphilitic parasite and I need to distance
myself from this clown.'” Call it a hunch, but we’re pretty sure the
folks at Marvel wanted Downey to talk about playing Iron Man – not delve into the time
he got arrested for heroin possession. While promoting the crime caper Now You See
Me in 2013, Jesse Eisenberg sat down with blogger Romina Puga for an interview that
quickly became the epitome of cringe. “Yeah… That one… I think what you’re doing is you’re putting
your thumb under your pointer finger.” It seems Eisenberg was doing everything in
his power to make Puga’s self-confidence… disappear. Throughout the interview, he fires off insults
left and right, at one point asking her: “Um, do you know the, um, comedian Carrot
Top?” “Yes. Horrible.” “Well. You are like the Carrot Top of interviewers.” “Ooh.” And Eisenberg doesn’t let it slide when Puga
refers to his costar Morgan Freeman by only his last name: “So Freeman plays, uh… a magic debunker.” “Freeman? Who are you? Freeman? What, are you on a baseball team with him?” “Yeah, he’s a buddy of mine.” “Okay.” Shortly after the interview, Puga wrote that “I was just humiliated by Jesse Eisenberg. […] The five minute ‘interview’ [was] more
like self-esteem butchering.” Krishnan Guru-Murthy clearly has a knack for
making celebrities very, very angry. In 2013, he found himself on the receiving
end of quite the verbal tongue lashing during a wickedly awkward interview with director
Quentin Tarantino. Things went haywire when Guru-Murthy tried
discussing the potential relationship between violent films and mass shootings. Meanwhile, Tarantino was there trying to promote
his new film Django Unchained – a movie with no shortage of violence. Things didn’t go well, and Tarantino totally
lost it. “Do not ask me a question like that, I,
I’m not biting, I refuse your question.” “Why?” “Because I refuse your question. I’m not your slave and you’re not my master.” As Guru-Murthy repeatedly attempted to discuss
a potential correlation, Tarantino simply declared: “And I’m shutting your butt down.” “And that’s entirely your right.” “This is a commercial for my movie!” Indeed. It was a highly entertaining, highly awkward
commercial for his movie. Joan Rivers The late comic Joan Rivers was legendary for
speaking her mind – as you can see for yourself in this remarkably awkward 2014 interview. Rivers was there trying to promote her book
Diary of a Mad Diva… but things got off to a shaky start with CNN correspondent Fredricka
Whitfield said this about her work on Fashion Police… “Even with your fashion critiquing, which
is very mean in some ways.” “It’s not mean… It’s not mean.” “Really?!” “It’s not mean.” “It’s not mean?!” Whitfield then moved on to the cover of Rivers’
book, saying: “You have some shock value to you… you know,
on the cover of your book, you’re wearing a fur and you probably knew there would be
animal rights activists…” Rivers cuts her off right then and there: “You know, this whole interview is becoming
a defensive interview.” “NO!” “Are you wearing leather shoes?” “Yeah” “Then shut up.” Rivers goes on to say: “I don’t want to hear it. ‘You’re wearing fur.’ You’re wearing leather shoes! You’re eating chicken! You’re eating meat! I don’t want to hear this nonsense. Come to me with a paper belt and I’ll talk
to you.” For some reason, Whitfield didn’t shift gears. Instead, she suggested that other journalists
harped on Rivers for wearing that fur coat on the cover of her book. This was clearly the last straw: “No, you know, I’m going, I really am going,
because all you’ve done is negative.” “NO!” “All you have done is negative!” Rivers then made a point to mention: “I’ve made people laugh for fifty years. I am put on Earth to make people laugh. My book is funny. I wear fur that was killed fifteen years ago. I work for animal rights.” “STOP IT with ‘and you do this, and you’re
mean, and you’re that’ … You are not the one to interview a person who does humor. Sorry!” And just like that, Joan Rivers stormed out
of the interview and was gone. A befuddled Whitfield was left all alone on
screen, asking no one in particular: “Are we serious?” Indeed, Rivers was serious. Shortly after leaving the interview, she explained
to TheWrap that it wasn’t a PR stunt, and she felt perfectly justified ending the interview. Her exact words were: “The CNN interviewer was a news reporter and
not an entertainment reporter. She did not seem to understand we were talking
about a comedy book and not the transcripts from the Nuremberg Trial. Every question was an accusatory one designed
to put me on the defensive.” Meanwhile, Rivers had stated her philosophy
as clearly as could be: “Life is very tough. And if you can make a joke to make something
easier and funny, do it.” After 20-plus years of lawsuits against him,
singer R. Kelly agreed to sit down with journalist Gayle King in 2019. His apparent reason for doing so was because “I’m very tired of all the, um, lies. I’ve been hearing things and, you know, seeing
things on the blogs. You know, I”m just tired.” When King asks him what rumors he’s heard,
he responds: “[I] got little girls trapped in the basement. Helicopters over my house… trying to, um,
rescue someone that doesn’t need rescuing. Because they’re not in my house. Handcuffing people. Starving people. I have a harem. A – whatchamacallit – a cult.” At one point, King brings up the documentary
Surviving R. Kelly, asking him whether the fifty people interviewed for the six-part
series were all lying. He responds: “Everybody [in that documentary] said something
bad about me. Nobody said nothing good. They was describing Lucifer. I’m not Lucifer. I’m a man. I make mistakes, but I’m not a devil.” King soon asks him: “Why would all these women tell these different
stories about you if they were not true – and they don’t know each other? That defies logic to me.” Kelly responds: “You can start a rumor on a guy like me or
a celebrity, just like that. All you gotta do is push a button on your
phone and say, ‘So and so did this to me.'” Later on, King asks Kelly if he’s ever been
intimate with anyone who happened to be, quote, “under the age of 17.” And he responds, “No.” King challenges that assertion: “I have to tell you, it’s so hard to believe
that based on …” “I’m gonna tell you something, Gale.” “…what the women have said about you.” Kelly grows more agitated as he accuses all
these women of lying. “Stop it, quit playin.’ I didn’t do this stuff. This is not me. I’m fighting for my f—-g life!” Kelly then stands up and starts punching his
fists in the air as King sits there calmly, and he yells: “Y’all just don’t want to believe the truth!” After the broadcast, Boston Globe columnist
Renee Graham tweeted: “Now we see exactly how #RKelly behaves when
challenged by a woman.” Meanwhile, King said that she never felt threatened,
telling O, The Oprah Magazine: “I never thought he was going to hit me. […] I was more worried that he was going
to get up and leave.” “I hope this camera keep going.” “We’re going to keep the camera going.” “This is not true. This… doesn’t even make sense!” Comedian and talk show host Chelsea Handler
has never been one to hold back, and she certainly pulls no punches in this 2014 interview on
Piers Morgan’s now-defunct CNN show. “You tweet very amusingly.” “I wish you did.” At one point, she even tells him, “You’re a terrible interviewer.” “Well you just weren’t keeping my attention.” “Well, that’s not my problem.” “That is your problem.” “This is your show, you have to pay attention
to the guests that you invited on your show.” And then Morgan decides to end the segment
by showing Handler footage of controversial news figure George Zimmerman as he signs autographs
at a gun show. “Thank you. Thank you for ending on such a high note.” And then there’s this horribly awkward goodbye: “Try to end on a smile, something nice.” “You’re so handsome.” The folks behind Australians’ version of
60 Minutes must have known exactly what they had on their hands when they scored an interview
with Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson, Duchess of York, in 2011. Needless to say, the conversation gets awkward
in a jiffy. The problems arose when the show made Fergie
re-watch incriminating undercover footage from 2010. This footage seems to show Ferguson offering
access to her ex-husband – Prince Andrew, Duke of York – to a reporter who is posing
as “an international business tycoon.” In fact, it looks like she’s offering to,
quote, “open doors”… in exchange for a payment of 500,000 pounds. As The Guardian reported in January 2018,
Fergie subsequently sued Murdoch’s News Group in the wake of the scandal, asking for 45
million pounds. Meanwhile, she wasn’t invited to Prince William
and Kate Middleton’s wedding or Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials. It’s really no wonder that Fergie wasn’t eager
to watch the footage right then and there in front of the cameras. Instead, she stormed off the set. The show’s producers capitalized on the moment
by making it the centerpiece of the promos, enticing viewers with the promise that “It’s the weirdest interview you’ll ever see.” When conservative talk show host Bill O’Reilly
visited The View in 2010, he didn’t waste any time sharing his opinions on 9/11. The appearance was all part of his promotional
tour for his book Pinheads and Patriots, and it quickly became one of The View’s most intense
episodes. When O’Reilly said it was “inappropriate”
for a Muslim community center to be built near Ground Zero in New York City, Whoopi
Goldberg pointed out, “There were 70 families who are Muslim who
also died in that building.” Explaining why he felt the community center
was “inappropriate,” O’Reilly announced, “Muslims killed us on 9/11, that’s why!” The ladies vehemently protested that claim
– with several words being bleeped out during the broadcast. Joy Behar soon stood up from her seat and
said, “I don’t want to sit here now.” Goldberg then stood up with her and the two
of them dramatically walked off the stage. Barbara Walters wasted no time criticizing
them on-air for this abrupt departure. “You have just seen what should not happen. We should be able to have discussions without
washing our hands, and screaming, and walking off stage.” After that, Behar and Goldberg returned to
the fold. O’Reilly apologized for his comment, and all
seemed well. Fast-forward to 2016, when O’Reilly announced
on his former show that he would never appear on The View again. Why, you ask? Because Behar claimed that Donald Trump was
unstable. “That’s it. No more View for me.” Kanye West absolutely excels at giving awkward
interviews. I’m a god. Everybody says, Who does he think he is? I just told you who I thought I was… A god!” But if we had to choose the most cringeworthy
interview? It’s a tough one, but we’d have to go with
his appearance on TMZ Live In 2018. That’s the segment where he attempted to explain
his experiment with “free thought,” a concept he’d been practicing on his Twitter account. Needless to say, it didn’t go well. The chaotic, stream-of-consciousness interview
quickly made headlines, and rightly so: West mused on everything from his liposuction procedure
to his resulting opioid addiction. And then, of course, there was his remark
about slavery. His exact quote was: “When you hear about slavery for 400 years
– for 400 years? That sounds like a choice. Like, you was there for 400 years and it’s
all of y’all?” The statement was so objectively outrageous,
a TMZ staffer called out West out on the spot. Afterward, the rapper took to Twitter to clarify
his remarks. In a series of since-deleted tweets, West
attempted to explain that he was referring to, quote, “mental enslavement.” In a tweet from that batch that still remains
live, he wrote: “The universe has a plan. I knew that TMZ would be awesome.” Well… we’re not sure we’d use the word “awesome,”
but it was certainly something. Today we tip our hats to UK radio personality
Jamie Edwards: Sadly, his morning show enthusiasm was simply no match for Bruce Willis’s outsized
ego during this interview… which was ostensibly to promote the actor’s 2013 movie Red 2. As you can see, Willis approaches each of
Edwards’ questions with either coiled rage or palpable boredom: “I’m thinking about driving right now. I can hardly keep my mind on this interview.” Meanwhile, Mary Louise Parker stares into
space, hopefully astral-projecting into a much less awkward conversation. “Do you hear that?” “I do.” “It’s the sirens. They’re coming to take me away.” “Not you. They’re not taking you away. Go ahead… you got some great questions there,
James.” But good news: Edwards’ subsequent interview
with HLN suggests Willis didn’t manage to completely break his’ spirits: “He just obviously doesn’t like talking about
his movies.” The story checks out. “So how would you sell me the film then? What would you say?” “I wouldn’t. I would… slash my hooves.” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Nicki Swift videos about your
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  2. The R Kelly moment is hilarious. People knew about this dude since he was dealing with Aaliyah when she was I believe 15 years old. People in the industry knew but decided to keep quiet. So them being quiet, allowed this dude to prey on many more girls/women. They should be just as ashamed of themselves as him.

  3. Fergie should have buried Andrew! You know she had to know something about her ex husband’s fondness for young ladies.

  4. Desperate for content today? These overused clips everyone's seen 100 times is embarrassing for this channel. I expect better. This keeps up I'll have to unsub

  5. Honestly, mad respect for Whoopi. Just because therr are crazies in Islam doesn't mean the whole religion is crazy. Islam is centered around peace, equality, kindness, and justice, and ISIS is none of those.

  6. I don't blame Robert Downey jr. That guy was trying to get brownie points, with his boss, and this was only supposed, to only be a press, junket, about the film. You're not gonna use me, as some hard-hitting, investigative, journalism, bullshit, to further your damn, career.πŸ™„ Well that's my opinion.

  7. Is this the LEAST original channel on the entire platform? Posting the same videos 2-3 times a year with a different title and changed list positions. And the absolutely worst? Grunge, Looper, Nicki Swift, The Richest, WatchMojo posts more or less the exactly same stuff days (sometimes a week) apart..

  8. I recall that British dude talking to RDJ. Hes that reporter from the Unreported World channel (really. Thats the name of the YT channel). They basically going into deeper depths that no journalist could ever go to…guess personal things of the famous stars counts on their list ^^;

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