The Project slammed for 'shocking' Margot Robbie interview: 'Cringeworthy'

Viewers savaged a host for a question he asked the A-lister.

The Project has been slammed for a "cringeworthy" interview with Margot Robbie to promote the release of her new film Babylon.

The Aussie A-lister appeared on the program on Tuesday night alongside her co-star Diego Calva. Host Hamish McDonald opened the interview by asking the pair how the premiere night was before panellist Sam Taunton began asking Margot why one of her friends yelled "maggot" out at her on the red carpet.

"Yeah, let's get into that," Margot responded, seeming slightly embarrassed.

Sam added: "Please tell me that's your nickname and not just an insult they threw out."

Margot then explained it had been her nickname since she was six years old after a substitute teacher read her name out wrong in class.

Margot Robbie appeared to cringe as she was asked about her 'maggot' nickname. Source: Channel 10
Margot Robbie appeared to cringe as she was asked about her 'maggot' nickname. Source: Channel 10

"Everyone laughed and it was one of those things you hope fades away by lunchtime but here we are ... still around," she said.

While the actress laughed along with The Project panellists, viewers slammed the interview on a clip posted to the show's Instagram account, with one saying it was "absolutely cringeworthy".

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"Felt sorry for Diego and embarrassed for Margot," one wrote.

"Shocking interview," another commented.

"The hosts are overbearing and trying too hard," a third added.

Margot's house rule for co-star

Elsewhere in the interview, Sam asked Diego whether Margot was good to live with during filming and she revealed the one rule she had for him.

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"The only bad housemate habit I think was ... I didn't let him eat any of my Tim Tams because I only had one packet left and I knew I wasn't going to be home for a couple of months and no one was coming to visit for a couple of months, and I was like, 'You can touch anything, you can eat anything, go and have everything in this house, just not that," she said.

"I even wrote on it, I was like, 'Do not eat this'."

Babylon is a period comedy-drama, with Brad Pitt and Tobey Maguire starring alongside Margot and Diego and is now screening in cinemas.

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