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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.

King of Promoters – The amazing story of Don King

Regular contributor Ken Irons regales Kureen readers with the amazing story of charismatic, wild-haired boxing promoter Don King.

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Don King was born in 1931 in Cleveland, Ohio. From a young age he realised that, due to his colour and lack of social status, he would have to fight hard to achieve his ambitions. The first of these ambitions was to become a lawyer and to this end he went to Kent State University.

Ever the pragmatist however, he was persuaded by his elder sibling to drop out and to join him in illegal bookmaking and the numbers racket, then a way of life in the city.

King’s aptitude for numbers and his phenomenal memory proved highly beneficial in this new, if shady, enterprise and he soon ran his own operation. Something, however, that Don had assimilated, both from his upbringing and this work on Cleveland’s mean streets, had instilled in him a ruthless mindset that would almost bring about his downfall.

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He had learned that: you have to grab what you want before the other guy gets it; no one is going to give you something for nothing; and, if someone does you down and you show them mercy, then they’ll do it again and again. Thus it happened that on two occasions, in 1954 and 1966, King ended the lives of two human beings.

When the cases came to trial in 1966 it was established that the first man had been shot in the back by King as he attempted to rob one of the latter’s gambling houses. This case was pronounced justifiable homicide.

In the second case, in 1966, King was convicted of 2nd degree murder for stomping to death an employee who owed him $600. The employee, an unfit and weedy man, stood no chance when confronted by the 6 foot plus, heavily built King, who stomped and mercilessly kicked him to death. A police officer, who had witnessed part of the slaughter, was wholly mortified by it and later described the horror of seeing the victims head flapping from side to side, propelled by the bigger man’s boots.

The conviction was subsequently reduced by the judge to non-negligent murder and King served just under 4 years. He was later pardoned for the crime in 1983 by Ohio Governor Jim Rhodes and there were letters of support from Jesse Jackson and other influential parties.

In the meantime Don used his incarceration to good effect and read extensively (notably on Philosophy), thus helping to mould the intelligent yet verbose speaker the public would soon marvel at. He was particularly prone to classic quotations, an idiosyncrasy that would remain with him.

Alas, these were interspersed with regular malapropisms that, despite a fierce intelligence, he seemed blissfully unaware of. However, his mode of communication, an important part of which seemed to involve never answering a direct question when he could instead divert the questioner’s attention by rambling on to his heart’s content, served him very well in the practice of negotiation that his career ultimately demanded.

On his release from prison King moved into boxing. After working with an experienced local promoter, Don Elbaum, he made a crucial move when he persuaded Muhammed Ali to box in a charity exhibition, staged to help a local hospital for black people.

There followed, in 1974, King’s golden hour. All he had learned to date: the determination, the bargaining skills, the ruthless business ethic, were used to negotiate with Ali, Foreman, their managements, the boxing authorities and heads of foreign government alike, to produce one of the biggest and most famous fights ever – the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ – Ali v Foreman in Zaire.  Vitally, a special arrangement was brokered with the Zaire Government to secure the (then record) $10 million purse.

King maintained his position as a major promoter throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, promoting the likes of Larry Holmes, Roberto Duran, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Julio Cesar Chavez, Bernard Hopkins and many others.

Always interested in music he also promoted The Jacksons ’84 ‘victory tour’. His other abiding interest – the cause of his fellow blacks – was served by his acquisition of an African American community weekly paper in Cleveland.

It would have been nice to think that King’s career was free of further problems involving the law. After all, his omnipresent towering figure, complete with spiky hair, standing in the ring flanked by the world’s best fighters as he beamed happily into the camera, was now a familiar sight the world over.

Nor did he confine himself to posturing only at his own promotions – on one famous occasion rival promoter Bob Arum was forced to clamber up the steps and bravely restrain King from entering the ring at Arum’s own promotion.

Outside of the ring, he had successfully integrated into society: he held an Honorary Doctorate of Humane letters degree from Central State University and had publicly backed presidential candidates.

It therefore shocked many people when King’s business methods came under serious scrutiny. He was sued by practically every one of the big name fighters he promoted for defrauding them: by Ali for $1.1million, Holmes for $10 million, Tim Witherspoon for $25 million, Tyson for $100million ad nauseam. Terry Norris alleged that King had conspired with his manager to underpay him. King settled out of court for $7.5 million, and conceded to Norris’s wish that the settlement be made public.

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King’s normal practice was to settle out of court and thus Tyson was eventually paid $14 million, Witherspoon $1 million, Holmes $150,000 and so on. A particularly chilling example of King’s ruthlessness came with the Ali settlement; In 1982 Ali – who, it should be remembered, had kick-started King’s career by agreeing to box at the latter’s charity exhibition – had sued King for short changing him in the brutal Larry Holmes fight, during which Ali took a severe beating.

King’s response was to approach one of Ali’s old friends, a man called Jeremiah Shabazz, give him a suitcase containing $50,000 in cash, a letter ending Ali’s lawsuit against King, and instructions to deliver them to Ali. The letter even gave King the rights to promote any future Ali fights.

Ali was in hospital at the time showing the early symptoms of the cruel illness that has now taken hold of him. He was, according to his old friend, ‘mumbling’ a lot, however, he signed the letter. Shabazz later regretted helping King and it was reported that Ali’s lawyer was reduced to tears on hearing that his client had ended the lawsuit without telling him.

In a 1992 senate investigation into organised crime, King invoked the 5th amendment when questioned about his connections to ‘Godfather’ John Gotti. He subsequently deemed any such allegations as “racist”. The man who no less a writer than Norman Mailer had hailed as a “genius”, was characterised by Mike Tyson as “a wretched, slimy, reptilian motherfucker, who would kill his own mother for a dollar”.

King launched a $2.5 billion defamation suit against ESPN after a documentary claimed that he had “killed not once, but twice”, had threatened to break Larry Holmes’s legs, and cheated Meldrick Taylor out of $1 million then threatened to have him killed. The case was dismissed.

Don King’s wife died in 2010 at age 87. He has a daughter, 2 sons and 5 grandchildren. Although he has inevitably lost some of his strength and menace at 83, his ambition persists and he has made it clear that he will never retire.

Rather, he still plans and dreams of his next possible promotion and, of course, the resultant payday.

Written by Ken Irons

I have always had a love of the written word and have frequently, over the years, exasperated editors, publishers et al with my copious submissions of work. My highly advanced years I find a plus, as it means not having to research so much - I can remember it if it's in the last century or so!

Fight of the Century

In Ken Irons’ latest article he looks at the upcoming ‘super fight’ between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, and discusses five other blockbuster bouts that never took place.

The upcoming Floyd Mayweather Jnr Vs Manny Pacquiao blockbuster, scheduled for May 2nd in Las Vegas, is already being dubbed ‘fight of the century’ and is attracting enormous interest worldwide.

For a non-heavyweight fight to be paying by far the biggest purse money in history speaks for itself. The lion’s share of this purse will go to Mayweather on a 60 – 40 percentage with his share, reportedly, a staggering 140 million dollars.

The fight was first mooted some six years ago, with both fighters then generally acknowledged as the best ‘pound for pound’ champions in the sport.
Mayweather Pacquiao
Mayweather is a 5-weight division world champ who has won 10 world titles, and Pacquiao an 8-weight division world champ who has also secured 10 world titles.

Boxing fans, impatient to see the two men meet in the ring, have had to endure frustration for all of that time however, due to disputes between the two camps over such issues as drug testing, promotional rights and the like.

It was therefore with some surprise that those same fans were greeted with the news last month that terms for the match had finally been agreed.

Although both fighters are, sadly, now somewhat past their primes (Mayweather is 38 and Pacquiao 36) this fact does not appear to have diminished appetites for the scrap.

Incidentally, Pacquiao has reportedly bent over backwards to comply with his rivals’ terms, including accepting the smaller purse, something which has been construed by his supporters as proof that it is he who wants the fight most. However, one could perfectly understand any possible caution exhibited by Mayweather, as his outstanding 47 wins, no losses record is now approaching that of Rocky Marciano (49 wins in 49 fights).

The great Rocky Marciano: 49-0 pro record remains the boxing benchmark.
The great Rocky Marciano: 49-0 pro record remains the boxing benchmark.

So, whilst it seems likely that Mayweather, should he win, would want to continue fighting, Pacquiao, bearing in mind his outside interests (mainly in politics), is thought likely to call it a day after the match, especially should he be defeated.

Both men are reported to be training extremely hard, with ‘Money Man’, Mayweather, always a stickler for fitness, re-introducing a wood chopping  routine which goes right back in boxing to the time of  Jack Dempsey and even Jack Johnson, and strengthens back, shoulder and core muscles.

Filipino Pacquiao, the ‘Pac Man’, is a non-stop puncher, capable of unsettling any opponent, whereas Mayweather is a fleet of foot boxer whose style has been cited by Top Rank chief, Bob Arum, as reminiscent of the classic American fighter from Sugar Ray Robinson, through Sugar Ray Leonard and Muhammed Ali.

Who will prevail, with 4 titles at stake, on May 2nd?    Will it be WBA (super), WBC & Ring Welterweight champ Mayweather, or WBO Welterweight champ Pacquiao? I’m going for Mayweather on points!

Whilst on the subject of the dream fight, it is tempting to consider what other match-ups would thrill the fans: what fighters – were it possible to manipulate the various eras in which they practised their trade – would make for contests to equal, and even surpass Mayweather vs Pacquiao?

If it is not too much to keep fight fans from drooling uncontrollably, how would the following encounters, for example, appeal if they appeared on the support card? And remember that all contestants would be in their prime when they stepped into the ring.

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1) GEORGE FOREMAN v MIKE TYSONMike Tyson pigeon

It is difficult to imagine two more destructive punchers and more difficult still to imagine the outcome. I would simply have to place my bet on the match NOT going the distance!

Alternatively, Iron Mike could face another opponent. So we could be treated to…

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2) RIDDICK BOWE v MIKE TYSONRiddick Bowe

This could perhaps be referred to as the heavyweight showdown between ‘The two Bruisers from Brooklyn’. Again, picking a winner would not be easy although Tyson would possibly start as the favourite.

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3) VITALI KLITSCHKO v WLADIMIR KLITSCHKOKlitschko Bros.

At the risk of upsetting the two fighters’ mother – who made them promise years back that they would never face each other in the ring – this would be a most interesting match up.

The two Russian giants have similar styles and physiques, but though Vitali was initially the more polished, Wladimir is now building up a superb fight record. This is another tough one to call.

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4) JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ v ROBERTO DURAN

Coming down in the weights, these two are multi-weight champions (3 divisions for Chavez, and 4 for Duran).

‘Manos de Piedra‘(Duran’s nickname, translating as Hands of Stone) was the ultimate hard man. This ‘tough guy’ image was however somewhat dented when on one occasion in 1980 he defended his WBC welterweight title.

The challenger was Sugar Ray Leonard, who he had battered over 12 rounds earlier that same year for that same title. Duran refused to come out for the 8th round, reportedly uttering the famous words “No mas”(no more).

Mexican Chavez was a hard hitter (86 knockouts in 115 fights), capable of delivering disabling body shots and he had a strong chin. I don’t think that the fans would have any complaints here about lack of action.

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5) SUGAR RAY ROBINSON v SUGAR RAY LEONARD

This final one would be my personal dream fight. Robinson’s name is invariably, and justifiably, invoked whenever the question of ‘greatest of all time’ arises.

The second, and junior, Sugar Ray is generally held to be at the very summit of ‘pound for pounders’ in the modern era, as against Robinson’s latter day superiority. As for picking a winner, I simply wouldn’t have a clue!

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Written by Ken Irons

I have always had a love of the written word and have frequently, over the years, exasperated editors, publishers et al with my copious submissions of work. My highly advanced years I find a plus, as it means not having to research so much - I can remember it if it's in the last century or so!