We never thought we’d feel sorry for Dina Lohan, but watching her squirm while being grilled by Dr. Phil yesterday kinda did the trick. Maybe she was drunk; maybe she was just really embarrassed by another round of accusations that she was responsible for Lindsay Lohan’s downfall and was taking money from her daughter. Whatever the cause, the result was disaster for her/ratings gold for Dr. Phil. But while we confess to having a few laughs over coverage of the interview, we’d like to take this moment to comfort Ms. Lohan. You’re not the first famous person to fall apart on national television, and you won’t be the last. Here are 5 celebrities who have survived (mostly) the aftermath of their terrible sitdowns.
5. Joaquin Phoenix on The Late Show With David Letterman
The audience was nowhere near as shocked as Letterman himself when Joaquin appeared with sunglasses, a scruffy beard and greasy hair and uncomfortably mumbled through their whole interview. The host tried to draw Phoenix out by praising his work and co-stars, but he was having none of it. Turns out, it was all part of his mockumentary, I’m Still Here, which was nowhere near as entertaining as this clip was on its own.
4. Kanye West on Today
“I’m here to say that I made mistakes and that I’ve grown as a person,” ‘Ye told Matt Lauer during their 2010 sitdown, but then he proceeded to do kind of the opposite. As he tried to explain his statement that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” and his interruption of Taylor Swift at the VMAs, he grew increasingly incensed at show producers for running footage while he spoke. We kind of understand his point, but his Twitter rant after the appearance was the stuff of legend. Kanye’s kept his interviews to a minimum since then.
3. Courtney Love on Letterman
In 2004, Courtney Love was facing charges of disorderly conduct and drug possession, but she thought she’d try to add a few FCC fines on top of those, for good measure. She lifted her shirt (with her back to the audience) about six times during the appearance while also telling Letterman, “My whole life I just wanted to flirt with you.” We can’t tell if she was on anything or just playing up her punk-rock rebellion, but the host certainly seemed to enjoy the show.
2. Paula Abdul on Seattle’s Q13 Fox
We’re sure Paula was in the middle of an exhausting round of interviews to promote the new season of American Idol back in 2007, but “exhaustion” doesn’t really seem to be the right diagnosis for her giggly, slurred speech during this clip on a Seattle morning show. “It’s a wild party where you are,” she told the anchors while rocking from side to side. And where she was too! Paula would later say that she was never drunk during an interview, which just leads us to believe there were other substances causing her loopy behavior on this and a number of other shows.
1. Sarah Palin on CBS News
There were no intoxicating substances involved in Katie Couric’s interview with then-vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin in 2008, but her embarrassment was pretty major nonetheless. The governor of Alaska seemed unprepared to answer specific questions about foreign policy, economic reform or even which newspapers she read. “I’ve read most of them again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media,” she told Couric of her news sources. “Um, all of ‘em, any of ‘em that, um, have, have been in front of me over all these years.” So, yeah, she wasn’t bobbing and weaving, but appearances like this played a huge part in destroying her reputation as she and John McCain campaigned for the White House.