There are some ideas that television writers come up with that, in reality, should never see the light of day, and this was one of them. For some reason, late-night host David Letterman decided to have pop star Britney Spears present a list called “Top Ten Ways the World Would Be Different if Britney Spears Were President” … all while wearing just a bikini.
Considering the star’s struggles with mental health and substance abuse, the whole segment just felt exploitative and uncomfortable, not to mention David poking fun at her intelligence. Just mean! To be fair, Britney hasn’t been seen doing anything quite like this in a long time.
Some celebrities feel that if they air their dirty laundry, it will help them find closure. Perhaps that is what former model Tyra Banks thought would happen when she brought rival supermodel Naomi Cambell onto her talk show in 2005.
Unfortunately, Naomi basically denied any wrongdoing or said she could not remember any of the events and, at one point, implied Tyra was lying about Naomi trying to sabotage her modeling career. As predicted, the disastrous interview did not bring the two fashion icons any closer, and the two are still feuding until this very day! Some things never change.
When interviewing someone from another country or culture, it is important to understand the cultural differences regarding different topics such as dating and relationships — something talk show host Ellen DeGeneres learned the hard way when a certain Korean supergroup showed up.
During an interview, the host decided to ask pop group BTS if they had ever “gotten together” or “hooked up” with their fans. When she was met with silence, she asked the band’s translator to translate her way-too-personal question, making the seemingly-conservative translator and the boy band members deeply uncomfortable. To be honest, this would be awkward in any language.
Sweet-talking women was Hugh Hefner’s forte, so when he faced two activists Susan Brownmiller and Sally Kempton on “The Dick Cavett Show,” he went for this approach. We would expect nothing less from the Playboy legend.
Brownmiller makes confrontational remarks right off the bat, calling Hefner her enemy. But still, he tries to soften the discussion by saying he is sympathetic to “girls.” The women immediately check him and ask if he should be called a boy or, perhaps, wear a white puffy tail on his rear end. Such a savage moment in the world of cringeworthy talk show incidents.
Some viewers turn to the Wendy Williams show because they appreciate Williams’s in-your-face personality and candid style of interacting with her guests. Known as a “shock jockette” for her bold interview style, she usually knows how to get the scoop. Unfortunately, that can often mean crossing the line. Take this situation, for example.
When interviewing “Basketball Wives” reality star Draya Michele, the host asked Draya how many basketball players she had been with, before justifying her question by adding that Draya has gotten around. To say we were stunned would be an understatement! And obviously, Draya was absolutely stunned too!