What Just Happened? The Most Painfully Awkward Moments From Celebrity Interviews



The art of the interview… Some hosts have mastered this technique, and some have not. Awkward moments in celebrity interviews are like a car crash: we cringe watching them, yet we can’t look away. What happens when stars and journalists share these uncomfortable moments? Internet gold that lives on for all of eternity.

We love that interviews allow us to get up, close and personal looks at big name celebrities we admire, but sometimes these looks are too close. And let’s face it; considering the superstar status most of these celebrities wield, they don’t necessarily have to play nice.

Some celebrities take a not-so-subtle public approach in feuds à la Bruce Jenner and Jimmy Fallon style, while others like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan have straight up stormed out. Sometimes, we wonder just how many drugs a certain celebrity is on… since we actually have no idea what they’re saying. Some celebrity behavior is completely bizarre (WTF was Joaquin Phoenix doing on David Letterman?) and some need a little extra time to collect their thoughts (see the Pharrell Williams interview above). Of course, you have Charlie Sheen who will always make journalists feel the most uncomfortable. #Winning.

Try not to cringe during these infamously uncomfortable moments from celebrity interviews.

Bruce Jenner Confronts Jimmy Fallon (2013)

We all know Bruce Jenner’s face is tighter than a pair of spandex shorts from the ’80s, but just don’t tell him that. After Jimmy Fallon made jokes about all of the facial plastic surgery Bruce has undergone, the two apparently had a tiff during the London Olympics and Jenner told the late night host to “stop saying sh-t” about his face. If you thought Bruce was going on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to promote the 8th season of KUWTK, you are very, very wrong.

Tom Cruise Jumps on Oprah’s Couch (2005)

Just how happy was Tom Cruise about dating Katie Holmes? Reaaallly happy. Too happy. Uncomfortably happy.  So happy in fact, that he made TV history by ecstatically jumping on Oprah’s couch proclaiming his love. Was it an act of true love? Drugs? A meltdown? We’ll never know… but what we do know is that this clip never ceases to leave us entertained yet stunned. 

James Brown Interviews… Under the Influence? (1988)

James Brown sure was feelin’ good in his 1988 interview with CNN’s Sonya Live! LA. After being arrested for drug possession, running from the police, and domestic issues with his wife, the “Godfather of Soul” was asked to speak to the mishaps and left the world more confused than before.  Ear to ear smiling and random phrases galore! But seriously, what is he even saying?….

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