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11 of the most uncomfortable interviews of all time! (with videos)

Many dream of one day being able to mingle with the stars… But what about those times when it all goes horribly wrong? Dom Kureen takes a look at eleven of the most uncomfortable interviews of all time!

*WARNING: MOST VIDEOS CONTAIN STRONG LANGUAGE!

1. Michael Parkinson creeps out Meg Ryan

Parky’s usually affable nature seemed to desert him when he interviewed Meg Ryan on his show in 2006, with a patronising, banal line of inquisition replacing the usual charm.

Ryan seemed perplexed at what the veteran broadcaster was trying to achieve, later referring to him as a ‘nut’ and labelling it the most difficult interview she’d ever suffered.

2. Bill Grundy riles up the Sex Pistols

Visibly under the influence of several ethanol based beverages, English television presenter Bill Grundy could barely mask his contempt for ‘The Sex Pistols’ and their entourage during a segment for the ‘Today Show.’

Winding up the punk rockers from the get-go, the interview descended into two minutes of cuss words and provocation.

3.  ‘Dr. D’ David Schulz slaps John Stossel around the chops

Taking exception to what he felt was a disrespectful line of questioning, WWF wrestler David Schulz open hand slapped interviewer John Stossel twice, knocking him over with the force of the second blow.

Schulz later stated that the federation’s promoter, Vince McMahon, had sent him out with clear instructions to rough up the smug journalist, a claim refuted by the company.

4. Harry Redknapp ain’t no wheeler dealer!

Having witnessed his Tottenham Hotspur side lose to Wigan Athletic, Harry Redknapp was left fuming when Sky’s Rob Palmer labelled him a ‘wheeler dealer’ in the post-match interview, a reference to his transfer market acumen.

Redknapp didn’t see it that way and fired off a couple of f-bombs, before being persuaded to come back and conclude the conversation with the shaken interviewer in a more civilised manner.

5.  Crispin Glover goes loco on Letterman

Most famous for his role in ‘Back To The Future’, Crispin Glover appeared on  ‘The Letterman Show’ to promote ‘River’s Edge,’ his upcoming release.

Ludicrous scenes soon ensued, with the live audience and host not sure what to make of it all. Some speculated that the actor was tripping on a psychedelic drug of some sort… In actual fact he was promoting a character from another of his films – A fact that a miffed David Letterman hadn’t been made of aware of beforehand.

6. James Brown gurns and sings his way through CNN interview

Having been released on bail following serious spouse abuse charges, James Brown did an interview with Sonya Friedman for CNN’s ‘Sonya Live.’

Rapidly plummeting into a screeching, singing, slurred attempt to promote his upcoming tour, nobody was quite sure WHAT ‘Mr Dynamite’ had ingested pre-show, but he was clearly high on more than life.

7. The Bee Gees walk off Clive Anderson Talks Back

Taking umbrage to a couple of barbs from host Clive Anderson, eldest Bee Gee, Barry Gibb, became progressively more bothered throughout the interview.

The main bones of contention were probably Anderson insinuating that the band were ‘(s)hit makers,’ and making fun of their previous moniker, ‘Les Tosseurs’.

In one final awkward twist, Maurice was unable to detach his lapel mic’ and stood there tugging at his top long after his siblings had exited.

8.  BBC News interviews the wrong ‘Guy’

In May, 2006, ‘BBC News’ scheduled a live interview with internet guru Guy Kewney. When air time arrived however, they astonishingly called a completely different man, also named Guy, into the studio.

Guy Goma, a graduate from the Congo, had been waiting for a job interview when a BBC Executive mistook him for I.T buff Kewney, An uncomfortable few minutes unfolded live for the nation.

9. Mark Wahlberg gets sozzled on the Graham Norton Show

Hollywood A-lister and former boy band affiliate, Mark Wahlberg, appeared on the Graham Norton Show in early 2013, seemingly three sheets to the wind from the get-go.

Relatively composed at the start, he gradually became less coherent and seemed to have irritated fellow guest Sarah Silverman by the time the credits rolled.

10. Mike Tyson gets vulgar for no reason

Speaking to CNN’s Russ Salzberg prior to a fight against Francois Botha, ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson didn’t appear to be his cheery self, responding to mild inquisition with a string of profanities.

Tyson went on to win the bout without too many problems, but behind the scenes (not for the first time) things were falling apart at the seams.

11. David Blaine mesmerises Eamonn Holmes

Widely considered the world’s greatest illusionist, David Blaine appeared on GMTV for an interview with irritating tub of lard Eamonn Holmes.

What unfolded over the next several minutes was widely reported at the time to be Blaine under the influence of alcohol and severe sleep deprivation.

It later emerged that the trickster may have been messing with the media, a stunt that he’d been known to pull previously.

There are numerous other interviews that warrant honourable mentions, including Andy Kaufmann and Jerry Lawler’s (staged) appearance on the Letterman Show – let us know in the comments below some that you think we should have included!

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

No More Heroes?

Bill Cosby has faced trial by media over the past year, with around 20 women accusing the former family entertainment staple of rape. Dom Kureen considers whether or not it’s wise to continue revering from afar in light of this ever burgeoning list of allegations. 

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How vulnerable we become when placing pedestals beneath the feet of those held in highest esteem. Despite more than a decade of allegations, Bill Cosby’s most heinous transgressions until the summer of 2014, within public consciousness at least, had revolved around gaudy cardigans and stiff-limbed shape shifting.

Jimmy Saville’s posthumous outing as a paedophile wasn’t met with Universal surprise, other than the extent of the revelations. There had always been something sinister shadowing the bug-eyed radio DJ, more so his crimes had been a clumsily kept secret for several decades by the time he was proven guilty in a court of law.

Where the likes of Cosby and Rolf Harris differ is a lack of perceived plausibility. Cuddly, affable luminaries of the small screen, who had grown old gracefully, becoming treasures of light entertainment in the process.

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During his mid-late 1980’s pomp, Cosby successfully metamorphosed from coarse stand-up to PG  parent, bouncing children off his knee.

Viewed as a white knight of family entertainment, William Henry Cosby Jr faces an uncertain future, and, if convicted of rape, a legacy of more than half a century will be reduced to rubble.

Tellingly, many of Cosby’s accusers have long resided within the public eye, and those remaining are bereft of the incentive of fame or fortune – which all begs the question of how there could be any ulterior motivation for the disclosure of virtually identical, explicit specifics.

It seems that not a month goes by without another cherished icon or political figure being identified as a sexual deviant – heroes exposed as nefarious perverts.

Cosby hasn’t yet been found guilty, but the likes of Rolf Harris, Max Clifford, Pope Francis and even Paul ‘Pee Wee Herman’ Reubens have been sentenced for their carnal violations.

Who are the masses to laud?; Hypocritical preachers with sticky fingers, law makers-cum-law breakers, or TV personalities who take advantage of their notoriety to hush up masses of abused youths?

With each unfolding scene the creek becomes murkier. Bill Cosby’s affiliation with an army of child actors was once the stuff of comic relief, but now finds itself coated with layers of proverbial excrement.

Whatever the case there will remain those loyal advocates, people who refuse to have their head turned by the levelling of the fourth wall; so ingrained in their psyche is the Samaritan status with whom the person is affiliated.

Therein lies the rub – genuinely virtuous celebrities are bound to be tarnished by the same stigma as the degenerates that preceded them, although it might not be such an absurd stance considering the cesspool that has bubbled up in the past few years .

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Interviews with Creative Minds. No.17: Bill Burns

After what seems like an eternity, the Creative Minds series returns for a 17th time, this time the fertile mind of Bill Burns is subject to our interrogation.

 

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Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.