Jon Stewart on Hugh Grant: ‘He’s a big pain in the a**’ (+video)
This article was updated at 7:45 a.m. EST with a video of Hugh Grant’s appearance on “The Daily Show” to promote “Did You Hear About the Morgans?”
“He’s a big pain in the a**” That’s what Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” said about actor Hugh Grant during an interview with fellow comedian Stephen Colbert as part of a fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival in New Jersey, according to USA Today.
The incident the comedian was referring to occurred when Mr. Grant stopped by “The Daily Show” in 2009 to promote “Did You Hear About the Morgans?”
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“The Daily Show” host told Mr. Colbert that Mr. Grant was his worst guest of all time and that the British actor would never be allowed to appear on his show again.
“He’s giving everyone sh** the whole time, and he’s a big pain in the a**,” Mr. Stewart said. The actor was upset because he did not like the clip that the film’s publicist had given to “The Daily Show.”
“What is that clip? It’s a terrible clip,” the actor asked.
“Well, then make a better f****** movie,” Mr. Stewart shot back.
After Mr. Stewart’s story of the actor’s behavior on his show in 2009 made headlines, the “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” actor issued an apology via Twitter.
“Turns out my inner crab got the better of me with TV producer in 09,” Mr. Grant tweeted Friday. “Unforgivable. J Stewart correct to give me kicking.”
Mr. Grant’s star has fallen considerably since the actor was arrested with a prostitute in 1995. According to vice police cited by The Independent, a “beautiful black prostitute” was seen performing oral sex on the actor.
“Last night I did something completely insane,” Mr. Grant said in a statement released at the time. “I have hurt people I love and embarrassed people I work with. For both things I am more sorry than I can ever possibly say.”
During his interview with Mr. Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” Mr. Stewart also talked about his shaky relationship with the writers and producers when first took over “The Daily Show” from Craig Kilborn in 1999.
“I walk in the door, into a room with the writers and producers, and the first thing they say is, ‘This isn’t some MTV bullsh**.’ And then I was told not to change the jokes or improvise,” Mr. Stewart reportedly told the former “Daily Show” correspondent.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mr. Grant appeared in “Cloud Atlas” with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry this year and is set to reprise his role as Daniel Cleaver in the “Bridget Jones” franchise.
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