Jeremy Piven has had a rough year, let’s face it. When he pulled out of a commitment on Broadway citing “mercury poisoning” as his reason, he became the butt of jokes and had a grievance filed against him by the producers. His show, Entourage, is having a less-than-stellar season. And seriously, what’s with his weird guest appearances, hosting WWE’s Raw and appearing on Big Brother? So it’s not crazy that someone would take him to task for all that. Piven doesn’t like being the butt of a joke though, and when SNL alum Chris Kattan took a swipe about Piven’s Broadway debacle, things turned ugly.
The two men were set to appear on Alexa Chung‘s MTV show when Kattan said to Piven backstage, “So, what are you here to promote, your Broadway play?” A low blow, perhaps, but we definitely would have referenced the WWE thing instead because, seriously WTF was that about? Piven then responded, “Well, what are you here to promote? Mango?” and from there it got heated. While Kattan claims that he thought the ribbing was friendly, Piven supposedly exploded, slammed the door to his dressing room and rebuffed Kattan’s apologies later. Of course both men’s publicists claim it was all in good fun but, pardon the Piven pun, it just sounds fishy. We miss the days when Piven was just John Cusack‘s second banana and news about him didn’t make us clench with anxiety. [Photo: GettyImages]