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After Adele's recent press tantrum we take a look at other celeb interview meltdowns

Adele joins the celebrities who've had enough in interviews and stun journalists by taking off mid-chat
Adele was not impressed when her interviewer said he hadn’t heard her release

Adele was not impressed when her interviewer said he hadn’t heard her release

Eugene Masterson

Adele's new album '30' has stormed to the top of the charts and it's the biggest selling record in recent years.

Australian TV reporter Matt Doran got the chance of a lifetime when he and his camera crew were whisked to London to interview the pop superstar about her first album in six years.

"What do you think of my album?" asked Adele, to which Matt replied: "I haven't listened to it."

The presenter's shameful admission is said to have been enough to send the 'Hello' singer walking out of the interview.

Doran admits the decision not to listen to the album was the "biggest mistake of my life" and maintained he thought the album was embargoed and that he did not see a link to it on an email he was sent.

"The interview itself, Adele didn't walk out, it ran overtime," he insists, before delving into some of their discussion topics from the interview.

"At least half of the interview focused squarely on the new music, that I thought it was reductive to describe it as simply being about divorce, that it was about empowerment and would inspire people to summon the courage to steer their lives in a new direction."

But while Doran's version of events may differ to Adele's, other stars have been quite forthright in their reactions to pesky interviewers.


Clive Anderson had one of the biggest TV chat shows in 1997 when the Bee Gees were his guests.

Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb got increasingly annoyed when the presenter compared the group's high falsetto to Mickey Mouse and also said the Bee Gees were "hit writers" with "one letter shy".

The BBC host went on to say that he thought the band were "sisters" rather than brothers, and that "his dog" loves their high-pitched music.

One of the final straws came when Clive referenced the band's previous name and said they would always be "Les Tosseurs to me".

The interview continued, with Anderson seemingly genuinely interested in the group's upbringing and early music, until the host joked he'd "forgotten that one" when discussing an old song of Barry's.

"We're getting on like a storm, aren't we Clive," Barry said sarcastically, adding: "In fact, I might just leave."

He was followed by Robin, and then a bewildered Maurice, who pointed out: "I may as well just leave as well".

Preston walked off the set of Never Mind the Buzzcocks

Preston walked off the set of Never Mind the Buzzcocks


Ordinary Boys singer Preston was already riled by Simon Amstell having a go at him about having so few fans on Never Mind The Buzzcocks in 2007.

But when the presenter started reading inane excerpts from the singer's then wife Chantelle Houghton's autobiography, Preston had a face like thunder.

"That's out of order," he finally flipped, tearing off his mic and storming off the set. Preston, who had met Chantelle when they were both on Big Brother the year before and married and divorced within a year, was initially on a team consisting of Dubliner Ed Byrne and fellow comedian Bill Bailey.

Bill hilariously scoured the audience looking for someone who looked like Preston to replace him and found a handsome driller. Preston slammed Amstell shortly afterwards, calling him 'snotty', but then a year later said he "deeply regretted" his strop and begged to be allowed back on.


In 2015 Robert Downey Jr walked out of an interview after being confronted about his past during the publicity tour for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Channel 4's Krishnan Guru-Murthy, who had previously had a similar experience with filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, said to Downey: "The reason I'm asking you about your past is you've talked in other interviews about your relationship with your father and the role in all of that of the dark periods you went through, taking drugs and drinking and all of that. I just wondered whether you think you're free of all of that or whether that's something…"

The actor cut him off and asked, "What are we doing? Are we promoting a movie?" and walked off, saying "it's getting a little [American TV presenter] Diane Sawyer."

Sarah Ferguson on Australia's 60 Minutes

Sarah Ferguson on Australia's 60 Minutes


When the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson appeared on Australia's 60 Minutes in 2011 she was already marking the interviewer's cards when she insisted to producers several times "delete that bit". She stormed off set after reporter Michael Usher asked her to watch old News of the World footage of her offering to sell access to her ex-husband Prince Andrew for £500,000.

She previously stated the scandal "saved her" but it was all just too much for Fergie when it was raised again.

Robert Pattinson was taken from an interview by his publicist

Robert Pattinson was taken from an interview by his publicist


Ryan Seacrest's show came to a screeching halt in 2009 when he asked Robert Pattinson about his co-star on the Twilight movies. "What's the deal with you and Kristen Stewart?" he enquired.

The English's actor's PR handler immediately grabbed Robert and pulled him out of his chair, annoyed that a question that had been flagged as off-limits had been broached. Pattinson looked bemused and remained charming as he agreed to leave the studio.

Paris Hilton left Good Morning America

Paris Hilton left Good Morning America


When Paris Hilton was interviewed in America by ABC's Dan Harris he asked her about living in the shadow of her former friend Kim Kardashian.

Harris repeatedly asked her on Good Morning America in 2011 if she was worried her "moment has passed" and pointed out the out the low ratings on her TV reality show, The World According to Paris. After several snappy "no" responses, Paris sighed, looked off-camera and walked out.


Supermodel Naomi Campbell is notorious for some of her strops and her infamous temper hit boiling point when she was asked by a TV reporter if she received a "blood diamond" from African dictator Charles Taylor.

"I didn't receive a diamond and I'm not going to speak about that," she fumed at the ABC reporter in 2010. She then stormed out of the interview and punched the camera in a producer's hand when pressed for details.

Naomi's involvement in the diamond issue first came to light when Mia Farrow told prosecutors she heard Campbell describe a "huge diamond" she had received from Taylor. The two were visiting the home of former South African president Nelson Mandela, as was Liberian president Taylor.

Bertie didn’t like being asked about the Mahon Tribunal

Bertie didn’t like being asked about the Mahon Tribunal


Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern walked out of an interview with Germany's international broadcaster in 2018 after the interviewer questioned him about the Mahon Tribunal's investigation into corrupt payments to politicians for planning decisions.

Journalist Tim Sebastian DW's Conflict Zone questioned Ahern on the findings of the Mahon Tribunal, saying: "They said you weren't truthful".

Bertie responded by saying he was "happy with [his] evidence" .

He then got out of his seat and walked out of the interview, telling a startled Sebastian: "I agreed to meet you on the Good Friday Agreement, we've done that so we're finished, thank you very much."

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