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Ten awkward TV interviews

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 9th 2007 1:03PM

microphoneVia Digg comes ten YouTube clips featuring some of the most awkward television interviews ever conducted. Some of them are classic, such as Barbara Walters asking Katherine Hepburn what kind of a tree she'd like to be, but most of them are fairly recent: Michael Richards on Letterman, a seemingly spaced-out Paula Abdul, and Tom Cruise talking down to Matt Lauer. My favorite is the various clips of Mike Tyson being, well, Mike Tyson.

The clip featuring George Michael smoking a joint doesn't seem all that awkward to me. If anything, it's the most coherent of all of them, which makes me think celebrities might want to start taking a few tokes before they sit down for an interview.

One of the first celebrity interviews I ever conducted was with Lewis Black several years ago. Luckily, the only copy of that phone interview is on a cassette tape in my apartment, because it's less of an interview and more of a testament to the fact I really had no idea how to conduct a decent interview. He was a nice guy, though.

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I have a new-found respect for Jon Stewart for the way he handled himself on Crossfart. Tucker Bowtie just couldn't get a handle on the fact that Jon's show is a comedy show on a comedy network and Mr. Stewart called him exactly what he was. I think Jon kept his cool remarkably well. I'm a conservative, but I think I'd have kicked Tucker in the face before the segment was halfway over. Jon's point that no news outlets ever hold a politician to an honest, direct and complete answer was spot-on, too.

Adam, I have to agree with you that overall Mike Tyson takes the cake for most entertaining outbursts, or at least most outrageous and wtf-worthy. I have to give a very close second to Tom "SciFiOlogy" Cruise for actually believing his own crap. He's probably the looniest of all the people in all the clips, but in an oddly controlled way.

March 10 2007 at 1:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The most painful interview ever was when Madonna was being interviewed by Kurt Loder, all while Courtney Love was yelling obscenities and trying to horn in on the attention.

March 09 2007 at 5:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Our whole newspaper sent off a trainee reporter all geared up to interview Phil Collins, who we thought was coming to our area, only to find out we had sent her off for a half hour interview with some random businessman.

March 09 2007 at 3:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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