Cringe celeb interviews - Dakota Johnson vs Ellen, Fern Britton’s 'snub', tense walkouts

By Alex Bellotti

Whether you're Holly and Phil or Ellen DeGeneres, all those years of experience can occasionally mean nothing when it comes to celebrity interviews.

This week, The One Show viewers were left stumped by a "snarky" appearance from Hollywood star Jennifer Aniston, who didn't exactly seem thrilled to be appearing alongside Reece Witherspoon.

Discussing Apple TV’s The Morning Show, presenter Zoe Ball asked Jen whether or not she would enjoy a career in live TV much like her character Alex Levy.

In response, the 52-year-old insisted that she despised the entire format of live TV, along with its early mornings – likening the job to a graveyard shift.

“Watching The One Show and surprised to see Jen Aniston on it. Even more surprised that she seems to be so snarky. She’s definitely not a morning person,” one viewer shared.

Of course, far more awkward interviews have played out over the years, with some stars even going so far as to walk out entirely. Here, we relived some of the worst.

Dakota confronted by Ellen over party 'snub'

Earlier this year, Ellen DeGeneres announced her talk show would be coming to an end next year, amid a scandal over 'toxic workplace' allegations.

As social media users shared some of the most cringe-worthy and controversial moments of her show, her toe-curling episode with Dakota Johnson once again did the rounds.

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The actress firmly put Ellen in her place after the host claimed she was not invited to the Fifty Shades of Grey star's 30th birthday bash.

The footage shows Ellen snidely asking how the party was, before insisting that she did not receive an invitation - which Dakota politely said was not true.

After Ellen insisted she was not asked to attend, Dakota fired back: "Actually, no, that’s not the truth, Ellen, you were invited.

"Last time I was on the show, last year, you gave me a bunch of s*** about not inviting you, but I didn’t even know you wanted to be invited."

Ellen would not let it go, leading the star to add: "Well, I didn’t even know you liked me."

"Of course I like you. You knew I liked you," said Ellen before a very awkward silence.

Ellen then protested that she was never asked to the party, but Dakota told her to ask her producer for the truth.

After being told she was out of town, Ellen suddenly confessed she "didn’t remember that until just now" before then back peddling and thanking Dakota.

Jesse Eisenberg 'humiliates' stunned presenter

On the subject of awkward Hollywood promos, this time it was the interviewee who came under fire from fans.

While promoting Now You See Me in 2013, Jesse Eisenberg had a bizarrely tense back and forth with journalist Romina Puga.

From the off, the situation appeared frosty, with the actor mocking her questions and accusing her of writing them on the back of her hand.

Later on, he says she's on 'his time' when she tries to push the interview along and eventually she calls him a 'jerk'.

While Puga later said she felt "humiliated" by the experience, Eisenberg had a different perspective, telling NME he was baffled by the backlash over their "funny" conversation.

“I remember she was laughing,” he said. “Even after she left, I said to the people in the room, ‘what a relief’. Like, that was the most funny, interesting interview I’d had all day.

“I watched the thing and she had written an editorial [saying] I had made her upset.

“It was, like, the exact opposite of what my experience was, and I didn’t know the appropriate way to handle something that’s completely mischaracterised.

He concluded: “Everyone that’s seen it tells me they thought it was a funny thing. Listen, I would never wanna upset somebody, and if I did upset her, obviously I would have acknowledged that.”

Fern Britton's outburst and Twitter war with Phil

Fern Britton sparked a Twitter war with her former This Morning co-star Phillip Schofield back in 2018 after throwing shade over her Bafta snub.

The drama began with a very 'tense' interview on This Morning which was initially stopped when Fern, who was speaking by video link from Scotland, was accidentally cut-off.

When Ferne came back she complained about not being invited to the special awards ceremony that the whole This Morning gang attended to commemorate their 30th birthday.

Phil claimed his former This Morning co-host had 'memory loss' but Fern insisted she wasn't invited as the row raged on Twitter.

Later, Fern's agents, Troika Talent, amazingly apologised for "assuming" she would not be able to attend and confirmed an invitation from Bafta did arrive without her knowledge.

Speaking on the show, Fern said: "Congrats on the BAFTA.

"That was absolutely wonderful and brilliant. I would have loved to have been there but I didn't get an invitation."

Panicking Phil tried to rectify the situation by claiming that she was performing on stage in Scotland at the time.

Fern replied: "I wasn't on Monday night, I would have come but I wasn't invited."

There were a few awkward glances between Holly and Phil while Fern continued to chat.

Fuming Cara asked why she's in a 'mood'

Cara Delevingne certainly wasn't happy as she was told she was "in a mood" and advised to "take a little nap" by anchors on US show Good Day Sacramento.

The actress and model appeared via video link to discuss her role in Paper Towns with Marianne McClary, Ken Rudulph and Mark S Allen.

However, things got off to a bad start when she was called "Carla" by accident, and then patronisingly asked if she had read the book that the film was based on.

“Uh, no I never read the book, or the script. I kind of winged it,” she jested, before claiming very deadpan that John Green was one of her favourite novelists.

When Cara was asked if she found it better to focus when her schedule was jam-packed, she was clearly puzzled, as she said: “No. I don't know where that comes from.”

The cold tone from the model-actress made it very awkward viewing for everyone at home, as they discussed her character Margo.

The anchors tried to find out if Cara could relate to her character, as they asked: “Do you have anything in common with her [Margo]?"

To which she scoffed: “No, I actually hate her.”

Things turned more sour when one of the anchors called out Cara's attitude, and insisted she seemed "more excited" in other interviews.

“Perhaps it’s just us,” they noted, to which a short Cara agreed. “Yeah, yeah, I think it’s just you.”

When one of the anchors suggested that she might want to get a nap and pick up an energy drink, Cara could be seen muttering: “Too far," before yanking her microphone off and walking off set.

Avril tunes out on Popworld

Channel 4's Popworld always had an anarchic streak to it, with hosts like Simon Amstell and his successor, Alex Zane, constantly taking the mickey out of unsuspecting guests.

When they weren't on board with playing along, however, it could make for painful watching - as was the case with pop singer Avril Lavigne.

Promoting her latest single, Girlfriend, the tone was set early on when Zane asked her about how she had translated the song into languages like French and Mandarin.

"You didn't do it in Latin, then?" he said sarcastically.

He then asked if she ever brought out a perfume, what it would smell of. Poor Avril looks stumped by the curveball question, shyly shrugging: "I don't know, I haven't thought about it."

Zane doesn't appear to take the hint, going on a long ramble about his favourite flowers and sunflower oil while she looks like she wants the ground to swallow her up.

The subject then changes to how she was romantically proposed to in Venice - but Zane then tells her he heard the city smells like eggs.

From then on, she pretty much gives up on even looking at him for the rest of the interview. Truly squirm inducing.

Baffled Paris Hilton asked 'has your moment passed?'

As one of the first massive reality TV stars, Paris Hilton has often - and unfairly - been an easy target for snarky interviewers.

She finally lost her cool in 2011 when ABC News‘ Dan Harris repeatedly asked her about being past her prime and living in the shadow of former friend Kim Kardashian.

Pointing to the low ratings on her Oxygen reality show, The World According to Paris, Harris questioned if her "moment had passed".

After answering "no" several times, she finally looked off-camera towards her publicist before walking off.

“After a long, heated conversation with Hilton and her publicist,” Harris says to camera, Paris returns to politely answer the question in full.

Now worth an estimated $300 million with her perfume lines making more than $1billion alone, it's probably fair to say she's still doing ok for herself.

Robert Downey Jr calls Channel 4 host a 'parasite'

Hollywood star Robert Downey Jr branded Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy a “syphilitic parasite” after they clashed during a bitter interview.

The actor was promoting his new movie Avengers: Age of Ultron but walked out after newsreader Guru-Murthy quizzed him about his past problems with drugs and alcohol.

He also tried to ask him about his relationship with his film star father, Robert Downey Senior, in the chat.

Downey Jr later told US shock jock Howard Stern: “I’m one of those guys who, I’m always assuming the social decorum is in play, and that we’re promoting a superhero movie – a lot of kids are going to see it, and it has nothing to do with your creepy dark agenda.”

He then pretended to speak to Guru-Murthy and said: “You are a bottom-feeding muckraker.”

He told Stern: “What I have to do in the future is say, ‘That is more than likely a syphilitic parasite and I need to distance myself from this clown’.

“Otherwise I’m probably gonna put hands on this somebody and then there’s a real story. I just wish I’d left sooner.”

The newsreader riled Downey Jnr as he quizzed him about a US interview he had given years ago, where he said it was impossible to leave prison and still be a liberal.

The actor fired back: “Are we promoting a movie?”

Guru-Murthy also asked him about his personal life, including if he was free from drugs, before the star walked out.

Tom Cruise jumps around declaring his love on Oprah

Way back in 2005, Tom Cruise famously expressed his love for Katie Holmes on Oprah Winfrey's chat show in a way that's gone down in history.

The second Oprah mentioned Katie, Tom grabbed hold of her hands and beamed a huge smile.

He jumped up on his feet and excitedly pumped his fists in the air, before dropping down to his knees and tapping the floor.

"That's how I feel about it," he said.

"I'm in love," he added before he burst out laughing.

When Oprah told him she'd never seen him behave this way before, he jumped up on the couch like an excited puppy.

After not very much encouragement, Tom rushed backstage to grab his new girlfriend and bring her out on to the stage.

Tom later said he regretted his outburst on the show after it led to a backlash.

He once told The Mirror: "Going through that stuff is not pleasant and I think it hit an extreme, but Kate's a very sure and confident and strong woman.

"You just learn from it and move on. I have a blessed life because I have a happy family and children that I adore and everyone knows how I feel about Kate. It just brought us even closer together."

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