Tuesday 20 March 2018

Five most infamous interview walkouts

Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

IRON Man star Robert Downey Jr is the latest celebrity to storm out of an interview, however he’s most certainly not the first.

We take a look back at some memorable walk offs:


Brian Kennedy on the Saturday Night Show:

The Belfast singer was appearing on the chatshow in the aftermath of TV3’s recent Celebrity Come Dine with Me.

In the show, he’d clashed with showbiz journalist Paul Martin, even throwing wine over him – so naturally Paul was also a guest on the same show.

It was an ill-fated reunion however, and Kennedy unhappy with the attempted on-screen ‘kiss and make-up’ walked off the set in the middle of the live broadcast.


Peter Andre with Kay Burley on Sky News:

Burley’s straight talking interview style plays well with many – but also has its fair share of detractors.

‘Mysterious Girl’ singer Peter Andre was reduced to tears during a live interview in 2010 when she brought up the topic of his children.

Burley asked the singer how he’s feel if Katie Price’s then boyfriend Alex Reid wanted to adopt Andre’s children.

He welled up, but Burley kept pressing him, before he asked for the interview to be ended.


Bee Gees on Clive Anderson

In 1997, before the age of the viral video, the Bee Gees grabbed the headlines after they walked off the Clive Anderson Show (we don’t remember it either).

Clearly not on board with Anderson’s mocking, the band decided to exit stage left.

Barry Gibb said: “We’re getting on like a storm, aren’t we Clive? In fact, I might just leave.”

He was then followed by brothers Maurice and Robin.


Naomi Campbell on ABC news

The famously hotly-tempered model was unhappy with the line of questioning during an ABC interview.

The reporter asked the supermodel about rumours she had received diamonds from Liberian President Charles Taylor.

“I’m not going to speak about that, thank you very much. And I’m not here for that”, she replied coldly.

However the reporter continued to press her, she looked away before saying “Thank you very much”.

She then stormed off the set, knocking a camera to the ground on her way out.


Jack O’Connor on Vincent Browne

One of the most recent additions to the list, but still a memorable moment for viewers of the TV3 show.

The trade union boss took his microphone off before walking off set during a live broadcast on the station earlier this month.

The show was discussing unions, before Mr O’Connor discovered that TV3 bosses didn’t recognise their employees rights to collective bargaining.

“Once I asked Vincent Brown the question of whether TV3 respect their employees rights in collective bargaining, and he replied by saying he didn't’ think so, I realised then that it was impossible for me as a trade union leader to remain on the programme, because to do so would be to legitimatise it,” Mr O’Connor told Independent.ie at the time.

Despite having a robust argument with the veteran broadcaster live on air, Mr O’Connor said that he “bears no will” towards him.

“He has been a very critical voice in Ireland, and a very progressive journalist.  I don’t bear any ill towards him personally at all, anything but,” he added.

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