VIDEO: Eminem gives most awkward live TV interview ever

Sep 9, 2013 at 9:55 a.m. ET

Eminem has performed live thousands of times and knows how to hold his own in the rapping world, but when it comes to live television... you can expect strange behavior.

Eminem's strange ESPN TV interview

The Not Afraid hit-maker appeared to contradict himself, because he certainly looked afraid when he made a rare live television appearance on Saturday night.

Eminem had agreed to share a clip of his new music video for his song Berserk during halftime coverage of the Michigan vs. Notre Dame game and appeared on ESPN's Saturday Night Football show.

The rapper is from Detroit, Michigan, so it could have been an opportune moment for himself and ESPN, if the interview had gone according to plan.

Eminem was introduced by his real name, Marshall Mathers, and as he sat in between the hosts of the show, Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musburger, you could almost hear crickets chirping in the awkward silence.

The question that lingers is: What was he doing? The rapper looked obviously confused or terrified, as he swayed back and forth with a blank stare and an open mouth.

After an awkward silence, he then confessed: "I'm really uncomfortable right now. Live TV freaks me out a little bit."

When asked how long it took to complete the video, he replied, "It's usually like a two-day process, sometimes it can go to three. It's a lot of takes, it's a lot of sitting around waiting. It's cool. If the video comes out, I guess it's worth it."

This strange live TV interview has ignited several reactions on Twitter and already has half a million YouTube hits. Maybe it's a little payback for all the celebrities that Mathers has previously blasted?


The rapper failed to promote his new album at all. In fact, when asked what he was most excited about he abruptly answered, "Nothing." He later added that the most exciting part about his upcoming album will be to finish it.

Shrugging his shoulders, he said, "When it will be out November 5, I'll probably be most excited to be done with it. It's called The Marshall Mathers LP 2 and it's kind of a revisit to the first Marshall Mathers LP and that's pretty much all I can probably say about it."

Eminem may be completely in control when he's rapping, but we think it'll be a while before he's booked for any more interviews. What do you think?

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