It can’t be easy being on television every day of the week, trying to think of interesting things to ask celebrities you don’t know and may not even be familiar with. The pressure gets to even the most seasoned hosts, providing us with cringe-worthy, toe-curling, “did they just say that?” moments. Behold.
Sadly, LeAnn Rimes is becoming better known for her public Twitter war with her husband’s ex-wife, Brandi Glanville than for her music. Of course, she sort of set herself up for that when she decided to have an affair with a married man. In this interview with Access Hollywood Live, things get a bit tense and awkward when host Billy Bush asks why LeAnn didn’t walk away when she was married and met the married Eddie Cibrian. Rimes falters for a moment and then says, “That’s a really personal question.” Reason No. 496 that affairs are not a good idea — if you are famous your private hell becomes a public hell that haunts you everywhere you go. Is anyone really worth that?
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Seasoned host Katie Couric seems to get a bit twitterpated when Man of Steel hunk Henry Cavill stops by for a chat on Katie’s talk show. Note in the beginning Katie’s “yeah, yeah, you’re beautiful, too” brush-off of co-star Amy Adams so Katie can turn her full attention to Henry. Then Katie launches into this sort of sophomoric questioning about whether or not Henry is worried his good looks will distract people from his acting skills. It comes off as Katie using the question as a way to flirt with Henry, like she’s asking a lame question to veil a compliment of Henry’s looks. Things go from bad to worse when Katie asks if Henry’s “packaging” is too distracting, and it sounds at first like she says “package.” Can’t she just take him offstage and ask him out already?
We saved the juiciest for last. On LIVE with Kelly and Michael, Kelly Ripa asks childless Judith Light if she is taking her kids to Israel. Ouch. That’s embarrassing. Judith wastes no time correcting Kelly and actually gets a bit snarky when she replies with, “You have enough children for me and everyone else.” Ah, the beauty of live television. When Kelly tries to explain that a friend of hers is taking his children to Israel in June, not August when Judith is going, Judith pops off with, “So we’re two different people.” Viewers come away feeling sorry for Kelly (it’s an easy mistake to make) and asking “Who is Judith Light?” (If you are asking that question, she’s best known for her role in Who’s the Boss?) We’re just not sure Judith carries the celebrity clout to put Kelly Ripa in her place.
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