11 Celebrity Interviews That Went Horribly, Terribly Wrong
Not every celebrity interview goes smoothly — sometimes they just go downright wrong altogether. Being interviewed means being put on the spot and asked unexpected, often hard-hitting questions that can lead to moments that are awkward AF.
Whether it’s on a live television talk show or a random YouTube channel, you never quite know what to expect when it comes to celebrity interviews, from stars abruptly walking off camera to intensely uncomfortable moments caught on tape.
While promoting Avengers: Age Of Ultron in 2015, Robert Downey Jr. sat down to chat with Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy during an interview that quickly went south. Downey Jr. was beyond less than pleased when he was asked about his tumultuous past and proceeded to walk off the set, abruptly ending the tense interview.
Film director Quentin Tarantino also chatted with Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy in 2013, ending in another totally awkward interview scene. Tarantino was there to promote his film Django Unchained, but was less than amused when asked about the connection between cinematic violence and real-life violence, prompting the director to “shut down” the journalist’s question.
When actress and model Cara Delevingne appeared on Good Day Sacramento in 2015 to promote her film Paper Towns, the interview quickly went downhill. From asking whether Delevingne actually read the book her film was based on to accusing her of appearing “irritated” and “exhausted,” the reporters mistook the star’s signature mellow attitude for “a mood,” resulting in an unbearably uncomfortable interaction.
In 2011, Paris Hilton sat down with Good Morning America to discuss her life in the limelight, experience with a stalker and more. Yet when the interviewer asked if she ever worries that her moment has passed, an offended Hilton quickly walked off camera. Can you blame her?
In 2013, actor Jesse Eisenberg sat down with Romina Puga to promote his film Now You See Me in what might be the most uncomfortable interview we’ve ever been subjected to. From Eisenberg getting called a “jerk” to their vicious back-and-forth banter, this one is just full of cringe.
Samuel L. Jackson stopped by KTLA to promote his film Robocop in 2014, which led to an awkward interaction between him and the anchor. Let’s just say this: Don’t dare mistake Jackson for Laurence Fishburne, because he will have no trouble calling you out for it.
Taylor Swift fired back instantly after being asked a cringey question on the 2015 Grammys red carpet. When speaking with Entertainment Tonight, the interviewer insinuated that Swift would be taking home “lots of men tonight.” The singer reacted to the sexist comment with a blank stare, quipping, “I’m not gonna be walking home with any men tonight.” Mic drop.
When Selena Gomez was promoting her 2013 album Stars Dance on WGN Chicago, the interview took an unpleasant turn when she was asked about her former flame Justin Bieber and his troublesome behavior. The interview immediately cut out, proving that sometimes silence is stronger than words.
When asked about his sexuality during a 2015 press conference for Legend, actor Tom Hardy put an end to the question fast, asking the reporter, “What on Earth are you on about?”
In an interview with Barbara Walters back in 2011, the Kardashians were called out for being famous for being famous and not having any real “talent” like singing, dancing or acting. Khloe responded with “but we’re still entertaining people, while Kim noted the pressure of being on reality TV.
In 2019, R. Kelly had an emotionally charged interview with Gayle King, which led him to stand up and start yelling frantically while King sat by and kept her cool. Publicists had to help calm the singer down as he discussed the sexual abuse allegations that were brought against him.