John Stewart says “Hugh Grant is not Welcome Back”

Hugh Grant not Welcome

John Stewart and Stephen Colbert appeared together on stage at the Montclair Film Festival fundraiser in New Jersey recently.  The Comedy Central celebs discussed their time together on The Daily Show.  Stewart was asked who his least favorite guest was.  He didn’t hesitate, he said “Hugh Grant”, and indicated that he is not welcome back on his show.

Stewart said that he was the worst guest of all time, which is remarkable, when you consider Stewart’s assessment as he jibed, “and we’ve had dictators on the show.”

Grant’s only appearance on the show was in 2009, when he was promoting his upcoming movie with Sarah Jessica Parker, ‘Did You Hear About the Morgans’ which later received unfavorable reviews, and poor box office attendance.

“He’s giving everyone s— the whole time, and he’s a big pain in the ass,” Stewart said, recalling how Grant complained backstage about having better places to be.

Although there did not appear to be tension between the two men during the on-camera interview, Stewart said he also profusely complained about the clip that was shown of the movie.

“What is that clip? It’s a terrible clip,” Grant complained to the staff, to which Stewart shot back, “Then make a better f—ing movie.”

Stewart’s success may be summarized by that single remark.  Much to the dismay of many in the entertainment industry, and especially to FOX news, he is never afraid to “tell it like it is”.  His candid commentary is filled with intelligent wit, and aptly describes individual situations, as well as long-term delusions and misdirection of the facts.

Cable television, and the millions of viewers who watch the Daily Show are fortunate to have him on the air.  He almost quit before he began.

When he arrived at the set, which was originally occupied by Craig Killborn until 1999, the show’s writers were in opposition to the direction Stewart wished to take the show.  His approach was to be more satirical.  The writers informed him that he wasn’t allowed to “change the jokes or improvise.”

He immediately called his agent, begging, “Get me the f— out of this. These people are insane.”

He decided to stay, and the rest can be seen nightly, Monday through Friday on Comedy Central.

A new site called “Right or Rude,” named Grant and Lindsey Lohan as the two worst Hollywood celebrities.  Much of it is based on the way they treat people off stage.

Among the most polite and well received are George Clooney, Ryan Gosling and Charlie Rose.  In the words of one behind the scene worker, “George Clooney can do no wrong”.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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