Once upon a time, when an awkward or strange interview happened live on air, a reporter could sleep soundly knowing that the worst that could happen would be it replaying on the 11 o’clock news. Now, when something cringeworthy happens on TV, it’s immediately broadcast on the internet for the enjoyment of viewers all around the world. And the worse the interview was, the more people want to watch it.
Here are a few of the most painfully awkward interviews ever recorded.
Johnny Rotten on Australian TV
In this awkward yet hilarious video, Sex Pistols lead singer Johnny Rotten hurls abuse at a female anchor following a slight misunderstanding when she was talking over him, thinking that he had stopped. Johnny Rotten, whose real name was John Lyndon, immediately jumps to the defensive, criticizing her for speaking over him and urging her “not to interrupt when a man is talking.”
To her credit, the anchor appeared unphased, and gamely continues the interview while her co-anchors can be heard giggling in the background.