15 Times Celebs Made Interviewers Upset, Uncomfortable, Or Left Them In Tears

When you're famous, doing interviews is part of the job, and sometimes, you, unfortunately, have to dodge some pretty rude questions. Occasionally, celebs will give rude reporters a taste of their own medicine and be rude right back. However, sometimes, celebs are rude to interviewers completely unprompted.

Here are 15 times celebs were rude or inappropriate towards interviewers:

1.In early 2023, TikToker Rye Myers shared a video of the "rudest celebrity [he] ever interviewed" — Tony Danza.

tony touching the interviewers face and saying, you know what you gotta do, buddy, you gotta come up with better questions

Here's the full video:


As a red carpet reporter, I’m here to help bring excitement to your event and promote it! I LOVE chatting with Broadway and Entertainment’s best as “Your Broadway & Entertainment BFF!” I understand not everyone is in the mood to answer questions, and you can always pass. I asked these same questions (and a few others!) to heavy hitters like #JoelGray #linmanuelmiranda and others, and only #TonyDanza replied like this…. To say I was blown away, shocked, and embarrassed is an understatement…But, my professionalism showed through! 😉 #tonydanza #wtfmoments #celebrityencounters #rude #nypost #pagesix #tmznews #whostheboss #redcarpet #redcarpetreporter #shockingmoments #rudecelebrities #slapintheface #celebritynews

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In a follow-up TikTok, Rye said, "[Tony] called me to apologize and squash the beef. It was great to hear from him and certainly much appreciated."

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2.During a recent episode of Love Island USA, contestant Kay Kay Gray decided to leave with her partner, Keenan Anunay, who was voted off. When host Sarah Hyland checked in with her about her decision, another contestant, Mike Stark, suddenly called Sarah out. The other Islanders were so shocked by his outburst that one even apologized to Sarah on his behalf.

the contestants standing on the side with sarah asks them questions

Watch the full clip below:

3.When Ashley Graham interviewed celebs for ABC's 2023 Oscars pre-show, Hugh Grant gave short, sarcastic answers then rolled his eyes when their conversation ended.

him rolling his eyes and leaving the interview

Here's the full interview:

Reflecting on the situation a few months later, Ashley told the Sunday Times, "I could tell he didn't want to be there, that was obvious. Before, we were chatting — he was very pleasant. Then we started rolling, and he was like, 'I don't want to be here,' and I was, 'OK, work with me! I get it! But, like, work with me?'"

closeup of ashely smiling into the camera

"I was trying my hardest to be my nice, upbeat self, and he gave me what he had," she said.

4.In an older interview, Hugh Grant roasted Ellen DeGeneres completely unprompted.

ellen telling him that she thinks he's funny and fantastic and him replying that he wished he thought that about her

5.And following a 2009 interview, Jon Stewart banned Hugh Grant from returning to The Daily Show because "he's giving everyone shit the whole time, and he's a big pain in the ass."

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Bennett Raglin / WireImage / Via Getty, Kevin Winter / Getty Images

During a 2012 Q&A with Stephen Colbert, Jon said that Hugh was his least favorite guest, adding, "And we've had dictators on the show."

6.In 2016, Vin Diesel derailed his interview with YouTuber Carol Moreira by trying to flirt with her and insisting she was too "beautiful" and "sexy" for him to continue, making her visibly uncomfortable.

him repeating how beautiful she is and saying let's get outta here, let's go have lunch

Here's the full interview, with this part starting at the 4:45 mark:

In the video's intro, Carol addressed the situation, saying, "He began to hit on me in the middle of the interview, say that I was pretty, and he interrupted the interview three times to talk about it. I was laughing, completely uncomfortable. I did not like it. At the time I did not know how to react, but you will see that I was uncomfortable, it was not nice that he interrupted my work."

closeup of her during the interview

7.In 2013, Jesse Eisenberg did an interview with Univision host Romina Puga, which she later called "self-esteem butchering."

jesse telling romina to cry after the interview otherwise it'll look like his fault after being mean to her the entire time

Here's the full video:

On her blog, Romina wrote, "So, I was just humiliated by Jesse Eisenberg...When the five minute 'interview' (more like self-esteem butchering) were finally over, I went behind a curtain to wait for the memory cards from the interview. I peaked around the curtain to ask Jesse about his neighborhood in New York (he lives a few blocks from where I used to live) and he immediately says, 'You're still here?'"

closeup of her during the interview

8.When Madonna appeared on the Italian version of Top of the Pops, she teased the nervous interviewer.

interviewer saying they're excited to be there because of madonna and her replying curtly

Here's the full clip:

9.When Jennifer Garner appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 2003, she paused the interview to correct his grammar.

her saying, snuck isn't a word conan and you went to harvard you should know that

However, after the commercial break, he brought out a dictionary and proved her wrong.

conan with the dictionary to prove her wrong

Watch the full interview below, with this part starting at the 1:10 mark:

10.On the Women On Top podcast, former E! News reporter Ali Fedotowsky said, "Jake Gyllenhaal shows up for the red carpet…My first red carpet for E! News…He walks up, I'm shaking in my heels. I say to him, 'Hi, Jake who'd you bring tonight?' Like, for a date, like, who’s your date tonight? …He goes, 'Bye bye,' and walked away from me." She then started to cry in fear of losing her job.

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Rodin Eckenroth / Getty Images, Unique Nicole / WireImage / Via Getty

Jake then did the same thing to the next interviewer, but still, his rudeness didn't sit well with her. She said, "I've walked so many red carpets because of [my season of] The Bachelorette and done countless interviews, and I know how easy it is to be nice."

closeup of her at an event
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11.After the 2016 Golden Globes, Jennifer Lawrence was widely criticized for cutting off an international journalist and scolding him for reading a question from his phone.

her telling him, you can't live your whole life behind your phone bro you gotta live in the now

Watch the full clip below:

12.When Jack Whitehall guest hosted The Graham Norton Show in 2019, a returning audience member called him out for being rude to her the last time both of them appeared on the show, even though he had apologized.

jack sitting horrified after realizing it was him that was rude to her

Watch the full clip below:

13.In 2015, Graham Norton told This Morning that interviewing David Cassidy was "one of the worst experiences of [his] life."

graham saying, i loved him when i was a teenager and then you meet him and he's so bitter and weird not a happy time

Here's a video of the interview itself from 2003:

14.Former panelist Sherrie Hewson called Ringo Starr her worst Loose Women guest. During a live event in Llandudno, Wales, she said, "He just sat down, said, 'OK then, girls, what are we doing here? Shall we just get Paul McCartney out of the way?' This was live, by the way. Anyway, he carries on, 'Let's get Paul McCartney out the way. You want to talk about Paul McCartney?' I said, 'Well, no, you're here.' And he said, 'No, you don't. You want to talk about Paul McCartney.'"

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Julian Parker / UK Press via Getty Images, Kevin Winter / Getty Images

She continued, "He was so angry. It was just so weird, I thought why? Why, why, why? It was just a really weird thing. And then, he said to the audience, 'Can I tell you all, if anyone wants an autograph, you can't have one, because I don't do things like that.' At the end of it, one of the producers came up with one of her little children, who was only four, and said that she knew he didn't do autographs, but told him that her daughter was only four, and she really loves the Beatles. He just said 'Really?' And then he said, 'Did you not hear what I just said? I don't sign autographs.'"

ringo playing the drums
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15.And finally, when comedian Bobcat Goldthwait appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno in 1994, he pulled a lighter out of his pocket and his chair on fire.

leno leaning over to put out the fire with his cup of water

Here's the full clip, with the fire starting at the 1:10 mark:

The incident wasn't scripted or staged. Bobcat later pleaded no contest to recklessly setting the fire. He was then required to pay a $3,888 fine and to record a PSA for a local burn center. Additionally, he got three years of informal probation.

closeup of bobcat