Most memorable interview 'walk-offs'
July 21st, 2011
01:06 PM ET

Most memorable interview 'walk-offs'

You've got to hand it to the celebs - they're pros when it comes to having a moment.

Paris Hilton's recent stormy exit during an ABC News interview might seem dramatic, but Hilton is just one among a history of stars who couldn't take being in the hot seat any longer.

Their methods, style and profanities vary, but the awkward and uncomfortable atmosphere remains constant. Check out our top 10 celebs who left their interviews in a huff.

Carrie Prejean on "Larry King Live"

Former Miss California Carrie Prejean became irritated while talking on "Larry King Live," and as King continued prompting her for a response, she admonished the host, "Larry, you're being inappropriate - you really are." An uncomfortable segment followed as Prejean, who appeared to be having a side conversation with a winning smile still plastered on her face, took off her microphone to avoid King's questions.

Shannon Tweed on "Joy Behar Show"

As Joy Behar questioned Gene Simmons and his partner, Shannon Tweed, there was tension between the couple from the beginning. Eventually, Tweed decided she'd had enough and stormed off the set. Because Simmons seemed to think shouting loudly would do the trick, Behar observed, with quite the understatement, "She's mad."

Robert Pattinson on "On Air with Ryan Seacrest"

In this instance, the "Twilight" heartthrob appeared to be quite amiable during his radio interview with host Ryan Seacrest, but it was his publicist who whisked away Pattinson when the questions started delving into his relationship status.

Chris Brown on "Good Morning America"

If the interview wasn't going to go the way Chris Brown wanted, he wasn't having any of it. After his performance on "Good Morning America," Brown reportedly stormed off the stage, and a broken window was discovered in his dressing room. Even though he said that the Rihanna situation wasn't "really a big deal," something ticked off the troubled singer.

Julian Assange on CNN

To be fair, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange did give his interviewer a warning before walking out as questions began infringing on what he considered personal issues.

Robert Novak on CNN's "Inside Politics"

One would think columnist Robert Novak would be used to entertaining opposing opinions, but during his interview on CNN's "Inside Politics," Novak pulled out the profanity and left the talk show without having the final word.

The Bee Gees on "Clive Anderson Talks Back"

If you thought one person walking off stage was bad, try the whole band. Clive Anderson's interview with the group turned into an utter disaster as, one by one, the left their microphones behind and call it a day.

Heather Mills McCartney on Five News

Heather Mills McCartney gets the award for the most polite walk out. Mills responded to the unwanted questions during a Five News interview with a thank you, but the interviewer didn't appear to appreciate the manners.

Bill O'Reilly on "The View"

Fox host Bill O'Reilly actually looked liked he was fitting in well with the women of "The View" until the discussion turned irate, leading Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar to walk off set.

Stephen Colbert on "The View"

In true form, TV personality Stephen Colbert follows up the O'Reilly walk off with one of his own. The only difference is Colbert comes back.

soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Argle Bargle

    I'd like to see Paris Hilton walk off a really high cliff.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Carol

    Joy Behar can dish it out but apparently can't take it. Your on a show to do a job. Do it. Just because you disagree with someone and their belief's or values is not a good excuse Joy. Whoopi should learn not to be so sensitive. Julian Assange should also learn that if you pry into other peoples lives expect turnaround.

    August 26, 2011 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Brandy

    Am I the only one who thought it was kind of ugly for Barbara Walters to bring up the death of Stephen Colbert's family members? He was doing what he does best, being funny and light-hearted...and she brings up this huge personal tragedy? Weird!

    August 18, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. buda

    August 16, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Barossa tours

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    August 10, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. AitchCS

    Carrie Prejean is just beautiful....

    August 9, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cb

    he is so right about charlie sheen because he's black they went there with him, but never after old charlie who clearly should know better!

    August 4, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SophieCat

    MY favorite walk-off of all time, occurred on The Tonight Show when Johnny Carson told Dolly Parton "I'd give a million dollars to see 'em", pointing to her ample breasts. She had the best response! "Well I got a million dollars that says you NEVER WILL!" And off she went – LEAVING JOHNNY TO SIT THERE, ON HIS SET, BY HIMSELF, WITH A STUPID LOOK ON HIS FACE! Ah-hahahahahahaha!!!!! Cut to commercial.............

    July 29, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. DL

    Favorite walk off? Has to be Tom Selleck walking off the Rosie O'Donnell show some years back, after she kept nagging him about guns. Just took off the mike and walked off.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ScottyBudLite

    How about Wayne Newton walking off of the very short-lived Whoopie Goldberg late-night talk show, for mocking his financial troubles? She had the gall to hand Wayne a pocket calculator and a small ledger book to "help him better manage his hotel empire." What was she thinking? The network didn't even return to her show after the commercial break.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Telly

    That British guy who is somehow qualified to judge talent and took over for Larry King should do a walk off of CNN. CNN won't even publish a comment if you put his name in your comment. CNN invested big bucks in the guy without vetting him. Just read his Wikipedia entry. Creepy.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. Rock

    it looks to me like the only thing holding Larry Ling together are those suspenders and the Bee Gee's should be happy ANYONE still cares.

    July 22, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. GetReal

    If I were a Bee Gee I would have walked off a lot sooner. Clive is horrible – calling their songs "tossers" and interrupting them every second. You could tell Barry was furious throughout the entire interview.

    July 22, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. baddgurlb

    *hit him*

    July 22, 2011 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. baddgurlb

    I need to know which 1 of you CB haters were in the car. Rihanna didn't call the police & he's never spoke ill of her. She most likely him 1st. Jealous a$$ island girl!

    July 22, 2011 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Jess

      So if she hit him first that gives him the right to beat her. I got it now. He needed to prove he was still a man and dominate her. Ohhh ok. I understand. Idiot.

      July 22, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  16. Rihannasuxass

    If anybody should walk off a cliff its rihanna not chris brown.

    July 22, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  17. Kateeh

    When I first read the teaser, the first walk-off that came to mind was Tonya Harding off Connie Chung's show. Guess that's too old though.

    July 22, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  18. duh

    @brathead. I agree with you 100%

    July 21, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Bill brasky

    Poop is probably far more interesting.

    July 21, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Jon

    Chris Brown is a spoiled little child that hopefully just goes away. These "artists" really need to learn an instrument and show some talent, work for a living.

    July 21, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  21. the punisher

    @tracie: get over yourself! not funny, just lame, you are nuttier than a squirrel turd!

    July 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  22. nerp

    Dudes crackin me up!

    July 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  23. brathead

    Can anyone explain the obesession of poop and being vulgar on these blogs? I mean I get people are trying to be funny, but do you people not have a life? You really don't have to comment about poop and porking all the time. While some comments are very funny, it gets a little old. You really need to find a new object to write about.

    July 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  24. alecia

    What in the world was said to the Bee Gees to make them walk? And if living with Gene Simmons for 30 years doesnt make Shannon walk what did Joy ask her?

    July 21, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  25. hoofawted

    Joan Rivers when they asked her in an interview about her daughter riding her coat tails. She dropped the F bomb and walked out

    July 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  26. charlie crack

    Chris Brown walking off a cliff.....(just kiddin')

    July 21, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  27. [lol]

    Chris Brown... hands down.

    July 21, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  28. fernace

    Ps. the word should be "promised", also, for the purists, Cougar was still used by Mellencamp at the time, though he was phasing it out!!

    July 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  29. fernace

    My fav walkoff was about 30 years ago on MTV! John "Cougar" Mellencamp was asked about being a role model to children, & he stormed off amid sailor curses!:) In his defense the interviewer had proised to not go there, & Mellencamp had strong views regarding the subject, so chaos ensued! Btw, Paris did come back to finish the interview, even though she was a bit ticked off! That was professional of her!!

    July 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |

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