Stars Who Fired Back At Their Interviewer On Live TV

Stars Who Fired Back At Their Interviewer On Live TV

Interviewing celebrities isn't always easy,
for the interviewer or the stars themselves. It can be tricky to come up with questions
that an actor or musician hasn't already answered countless times before, and sometimes out-of-the-box
inquiries about movies, television, and music can get everyone involved into trouble, too. Female celebrities often are asked about their
outfits and their bodies, and all stars often fall victim to personal questions about their
private lives or dark pasts that they've tried to bury or move beyond. Whether it's rude questions about a celebrity's
personal life or just poor manners, these stars all made it quite clear when they'd
had enough — and they let their interviewers know it in a big way. From slight to fight When Larry King interviewed Jerry Seinfeld
in 2007, the legendary talk show host did ask a pretty dopey question about the way
that Seinfeld's hit comedy series came to an end. "180 episodes." "You gave it up right?" "I did, sir." "They didn't cancel you. You cancelled them." But Seinfeld's reaction may have been bit
over the top and rude, all things considered. First, he acted incredulous that King could
even ask such a question. "You're not aware of this?" Then, he began laying into King, questioning
his professionalism and preparedness. "You think I got canceled? Are you under the impression that I got canceled?" "Have I hurt you? Have I hurt you, Jerry?" "I thought that was pretty well-documented. Is this real CNN?" If that wasn't awkward enough, Seinfeld then
went on to boast about his pop culture relevance and boost his own ego in the process. "I went off the air, I was the No. 1 show
on television, Larry! Do you know who I am?" "Seventy-five million viewers last episode!" After that, King tried to calm Seinfeld down,
but the funny man had no humor about the host's confusion. "Well, there's a big difference between being
canceled and being No. 1." To top it all off, even after Larry King apologized
for the gaffe, Seinfeld still attacked his intelligence. "Can we get a resume in here for me that Larry
can go over?" Perhaps it's appropriate that Seinfeld was
promoting his Bee Movie at the time because those comments sure do sting. Digging too deep In Legend, Tom Hardy portrayed bisexual gangster
twins Ronnie and Reggie Kay, but while he was promoting the film at the Toronto International
Film Festival, he didn't appreciate the subject of his own personal preferences coming up. One reporter contrasted his character Ronnie,
who's very open about his sexuality, with Hardy's real-life persona, which he said is
a bit more closed off, and things went right off the rails. "Do you find it hard for celebrities to talk
to the media about their sexuality?" "What on Earth are you on about?" The interviewer clarified that he was referring
to a previous magazine interview Hardy had done years prior. "I don't find it difficult for celebrities
to talk about their sexuality. Um, are you asking me about my sexuality?" When the interviewer then answered in the
affirmative, Hardy made it clear that the subject was not up for discussion. "Why?" "Um…" "Thank you." Hardy later reflected on that viral moment
and reiterated his feeling that the question was inappropriate, telling The Daily Beast: "That was a public forum, and for someone
to inelegantly ask a question that seemed designed entirely to provoke a reaction… It's important destigmatizing sexuality and
gender inequality in the workplace, but to put a man on the spot in a room full of people
designed purely for a salacious reaction? To be quite frank, it's rude." If the interviewer in question was hoping
to make headlines, well, mission accomplished. Missing the memo When promoting The Dark Knight Rises, Anne
Hathaway wasn't impressed with one particular interviewer's line of questioning about her
preparation for the role of Catwoman, Selina Kyle. Extra interviewer Jerry Penacoli asked Hathaway
about her physique: "You are in phenomenal shape." "Thank you!" "You're always in great shape, but you had
to make sure you were in perfect shape for this one, didn't you?" At first, Hathaway played along and offered
an answer. "Eh, it wasn't about being in perfect shape,
it was about being able to do the stunts and the fighting perfectly." And even when he went on to focus on her form
by talking about her leather suit, she answered in kind. "It was form-fitting. I mean, it's not a pair of sweatpants, I wouldn't
describe it as that kind of comfortable." But then he continued to ask about her body,
asking her to share her, quote, "feline fitness regime," Hathaway started to get sick of the
subject. "It's all the boring stuff that no one ever
wants to do. It's just watch what you eat and get yourself
to the gym." When he failed to get the memo that she wanted
to move on, she turned it around on him instead. "Are you trying to lose weight? What's the deal man, you look great!" "No, no." "No, seriously. We have to talk about this. What do you want? Are you trying to fit into a catsuit?" And with that, the lesson was learned. Hathaway's physical transformations for a
role might be fair game for a question or two, but clearly the Oscar-winner isn't okay
with her figure being the central focus of a conversation. Airing dirty laundry Jerry Penacoli struck out again in an interview
with Avengers stars Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner when he opened the segment by
asking Johansson about a certain aspect of her own form-fitting costume wear for Black
Widow. "Were you able to wear undergarments?" "You're like, the fifth person who's asked
me that today." "Well, no, because…" "What is going on?" Right away, Johansson made it clear she found
the question to be both odd and offensive. "Since when did people start asking each other
in interviews about their underwear?" Rather than just change the subject, however,
Penacoli stuck with it. "Because it is such a skintight…" But ScarJo didn't even let him finish the
sentence before shutting him down. "I'll leave it up to your imagination." "Aw, see…" "Whatever you feel like I should be or should
not be wearing under that costume." Apparently, that dismissal wasn't clear enough,
however, so Penacoli kept right on talking about it. "Is it inappropriate?" "To ask someone what kind of underpants they
wear?" "I didn't ask you what kind." "You asked me if I was wearing any." For some reason, Jeremy Renner felt the need
to step in and help Penacoli out, so Scarlett caved and answered in earnest. "You can't wear clothes under it! It's like a… it's like a wetsuit!" But she still wasn't okay with the question. "Was I wearing underwear? I mean, gosh. Ask Joss." When Penacoli then told her that he did ask
director Joss Whedon about it, she was even more disturbed. "You asked Joss what kind of underwear he
wears?" "No, no!" "What kind of interview is this?" Perhaps this incident was enough to earn Penacoli
some sensitivity training before his next actress interview. Going skin deep Before she served as a presenter for the 2015
Screen Actors Guild Awards, Rashida Jones walked the red carpet and stopped to talk
to TNT's red carpet reporter Danielle Demski along the way. The Parks and Recreation star was delighted
to talk about her designer gown, but when the subject of her skin color came up, things
got very cringe-worthy, very quickly. Evidently, Demski didn't know that Jones is
the biracial daughter of music legend Quincy Jones and former model Peggy Lipton, so she
asked Jones about how she managed to get her skin tone to be so tan. "Wow, just beautiful!" "You look amazing — gorgeous! You look like you've just come off an island
or something. You're very tan, very tropical." Jones was understandably a little baffled
at the clueless comment, so she replied simply: "I mean, you know, I'm ethnic." Demski apparently did not know that, and her
reaction was about as awkward as it could possibly be. "It's just being ethnic. That's what it is!" Jones shrugged it off and went on with her
night, but the headlines that followed were not kind to her interviewer. Generalizing the gender issue During the course of her short-lived daytime
talk show, Katie Couric made headlines for all the wrong reasons while interviewing transgender
model Carmen Carrera. Instead of focusing on her career and ambitions,
Couric asked about her genitals. "Was the whole process painful, physically,
for you?" "Your, your, your… private parts are different
now, aren't they?" Carrera then told her that she'd prefer not
to talk about such a personal topic and that she'd rather talk about work, but Orange is
the New Black star Laverne Cox stepped in to school Couric on etiquette. "I think that the preoccupation with transition
with surgery objectifies trans people, and then we don't really get to deal with the
real, lived experiences." Cox then went on to talk about the realities
that often go undiscussed about the transgender community, including discrimination, violence,
and employment concerns they must face on a regular basis. "When we focus on transition, we don't actually
get to talk about those things." To her credit, Couric was all ears during
Cox's speech and later admitted to feeling like a quote, "buffoon" for her misdirection,
admitting that her line of questioning was a mistake and a teachable moment for others
to learn from. It's just too bad it took such a painful broadcast
to achieve that awareness. Letting him finish In 2010, Kanye West appeared on the Today
Show to discuss his infamous remarks about former President George W. Bush's response
to Hurricane Katrina. During a fundraising segment for victim relief,
he infamously claimed: "George Bush doesn't care about black people." Bush was offended by the comment and later
fired back. "It's not true, and it was one of the most
disgusting moments of my presidency." Given the newsworthiness of the response,
the subject of his words was certainly fair game for Matt Lauer's interview with Kanye
West, and the rapper was happy to contextualize his comments. "In a moment of emotion to peg someone or
to call a name or peg someone as a racist is… it's just not right." However, when Lauer had producers show West
a video of Bush's segment, West grew miffed. "You know, I didn't need you guys to show
me, um, the tape to prompt my emotions or whatever I'm gonna say." "Ya'll don't have to do the TV stuff with
me. This is reality." As if tensions weren't already high enough,
the same thing happened again when the subject of his infamous behavior at the 2009 MTV Video
Music Awards came up, when he rushed the stage during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech. While he didn't seem upset that Lauer brought
up the incident, he was annoyed that they played a clip of it while he was speaking. "Yo, how am I going to talk if you're gonna
run the thing in the middle of while I'm talking?" Lauer instructed his producers to cut the
feed, but the conversation couldn't be recovered. "Please don't let that happen again. It's, like, ridiculous." Yep. That's pretty hard to recover from alright. Thanks for watching! Click the Nicki Swift icon to subscribe to
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