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Another Top 10 Cringiest Celebrity Interview Walkouts

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This is another top 10 cringiest celebrity interview walkouts. Sometimes you think it would be fun to be a celebrity. But then you see stuff like this and remember that it probably sucks. For this list, we'll be looking at the cringiest celebrity interview walkouts interviews that end in a celebrity leaving in frustration.
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Another Top 10 Cringiest Celebrity Interview Walkouts


Sometimes you think it would be fun to be a celebrity. But then you see stuff like this and remember that it probably sucks. Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for Another Top Ten Cringiest Celebrity Interview Walkouts.


For this list, we’ll be looking at more embarrassing and cringe-inducing interviews that end in a celebrity walking out in frustration. We’ll only be including interviews that feature the celeb literally leaving the conversation, so cranky celebrities and awkward but walkout-less interviews will not be included. You're welcome, Billy Bob.




#10: Gary Coleman


Former child actor Gary Coleman found himself a target of the tabloids in January 2010 when he was arrested on an outstanding warrant related to domestic assault. He subsequently appeared on “The Insider” in an attempt to clear his name, but was pelted with accusations of domestic assault by the hosts. In the course, he grows particularly hostile towards guest host Lisa Bloom, who seemingly refuses to listen and directly accuses him of assaulting his wife, despite his constant denials. They proceed to get into a fierce screaming match before Coleman storms out in a flurry of curses. The other hosts can do nothing but sit and gawp at the sheer pandemonium that is taking place beside them.




#9: R. Kelly


Now this is an interview for the ages. While appearing on HuffPost Live, R. Kelly is told by the interviewer that his controversial personal life has been affecting his album sales and the way people interact with his lyrics. This does not please Kelly, and he tells the interviewer that she only has one more question. This results in an absolutely hilarious and surreal moment where the two talk over each other for a solid minute, with neither side being interested in what the other has to say. Of course, the interviewer has a point, because R. Kelly’s reputation HAS plummeted in recent years. Facing charges of child sexual exploitation, kidnapping, and forced labor will do that to you.


#8: Rita Ora


It’s not often that celebrities walk on the Associated Press, but here you have it! Rita Ora gives a rather innocuous interview with the Associated Press, and everything seems to be going swimmingly until the interviewer brings up Calvin Harris “not releasing some of her stuff,” causing Ora to politely smile and walk away. A discerning listener can also make out someone off camera saying something to the effect of “we’re not talking about anything personal,” and the fact that the interviewer was presumably warned about this makes the situation even more awkward. We guess he just got caught up in the moment and sensed some juicy gossip!


#7: LeBron James


A bit of context for this one. In game one of the 2018 NBA Finals, Cleveland Cavalier JR Smith made a monumental mistake, resulting in the eventual loss of the game. Teammate LeBron James was visibly peeved at Smith, and journalists couldn’t help but bring it up in the postgame conference. An ESPN reporter asked James what Smith was thinking when he made the error, resulting in a bitter back and forth. When pressed further, despite answering the question numerous times, James simply stood up, gathered his belongings, and left the stage amidst a painfully awkward silence. We’re going to go ahead and say no, he didn’t know what Smith was thinking. Just a hunch.



#6: Jesse Ventura


In 2009, vet, wrestling icon, actor, and politician Jesse Ventura appeared on “Opie & Anthony”, only to spar with comedian Jim Norton over the topic of the American government and military. Norton continuously yells into the microphone while Ventura calmly tries to explain his situation and point of view. It eventually gets so bad that Jesse simply just sits back and stares at Norton, clearly frustrated with his stubbornness. Ventura leaves twenty minutes later, but even in the midst of physically walking out of the studio he and Norton can’t help but dig into each other. It’s wonderfully awkward, and it’s a miracle that it didn’t come to blows. Let's just say, Jim wouldn't have lasted long.


#5: Jordan Belfort


Legally speaking, Jordan Belfort is convicted a scammer and fraudster who spent two years in prison for the same. You may know this because Leonardo DiCaprio played him in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” After its release, Belfort sat down with “60 Minutes” reporter Liz Hayes. Throughout, Belfort grows hostile when Hayes discusses his victims and their restitution, but things get really wild once she asks if he is hiding money in Australia, leading him to scoff and prod Hayes to move on, but an offscreen voice cuts the interview short. Belfort proceeds to chastise Hayes from the sidelines, calling her disrespectful and telling her that she has “a lot of nerve” to ask the questions she was asking.


#4: Shannon Tweed


In June of 2011, Shannon Tweed and husband-figure Gene Simmons appeared on “Joy Behar: Say Anything!” to promote the new season of “Gene Simmons Family Jewels.” The interview was a little awkward to begin with, as Tweed kept repeating that she was sick of her relationship with Simmons and his philandering ways. After Gene joked about sleeping with over 5,000 women, Shannon rips off her microphone and walks out as Gene calmly asks her to return. Luckily, not too much damage was done, as Simmons and Tweed married just four months later and are still together to as of 2019. At least the story has a happy ending! Perhaps one of several...



#3: Kid Cudi


Nardwuar is an oddly-beloved, cult Canadian interviewer who uses an idiosyncratic personality and some truly impressive research to throw off his guests. His unorthodox approach typically results in bewilderment, and maybe even some acknowledgment, but it often gets him into trouble. Things were going quite well with Kid Cudi until Nardwuar showed Cudi some albums that his deceased uncle played on. Cudi is polite enough, but he quickly leaves without any fanfare or formal goodbye. He just up and walks out the door while Nardwuar chases him down the short hallway. Cudi couldn’t get out of there fast enough!


#2: Justin Bieber


This entire interview is like something you’d see in “Lost in Translation.” Bieber appeared on a Spanish radio show in 2015 and immediately took umbrage with the format. As the interview was conducted in Spanish, a translator was required to both translate the host’s questions and the Bieb's answers. You can practically see Bieber’s eyes glazing over throughout the interview due to the glacial pace and terrible questions, which many people attribute to poor translating. After eight minutes of torture and some unnecessary personal digs, the hosts ask Justin to “break the internet” with some popular YouTubers, forcing Bieber to nonchalantly walk out amidst the hosts’ obvious excitement. Talk about being a buzzkill! You know, he was great with us.




#1: Joan Rivers


The late Joan Rivers was not to be messed with. CNN proved that the hard way. The interviewer, Fredricka Whitfield, is clearly doing that whole “I’ll attack you but I’ll pretend to be polite and act innocent” thing throughout the whole interview. She takes numerous pot shots at Rivers while continuing to feign friendliness, which includes laughing at Joan’s comments, but before long, she has had enough. Once Whitfield comments on Rivers' fur coat, she flies off the handle before calling the interview “negative” and storming off. Whitfield also states that Rivers kept her microphone on after the cameras had cut and let fly some rather, uh... colorful language. Something tells us Joan didn’t take kindly to the passive aggressiveness.

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