Top 10 MOST AWKWARD Moments On LIVE TV
Thanks to the wonders of live television, we’re able to experience everything – including those instances that some would want us to forget about. That’s not going to happen, at least not with us listing off these ten incredibly awkward televised instances!
Roseanne Barr National Anthem
Roseanne’s boisterous personality made her a sensation in the late 80’s and 90’s, but she risked tanking it all with an opportunity to sing the National Anthem at a doubleheader baseball game with the Padres and Reds. Not that being asked to sing the nation’s anthem is a bad thing, but when you butcher it as she did, you can expect to tick off quite a few people. Roseanne rushed through the first half of the song, paying no mind to tone or pace, and the crowd was sure to let her know that her alleged mockery of the anthem was unappreciated. With fingers plugging her ears, Barr finished singing, grabbed her crotch, and quickly walked off the field.
An Interview with Martin Short
Kathie Lee has been on television for quite some time and should know the many faux pas you don’t want to commit on television. The biggest of them probably being bringing up your guest’s deceased spouse and talking about them as if they’re still alive. During an interview with Short to plug the animated movie, Madagascar, Kathie Lee brings up how madly in love Short and his wife are, asking specifically how they’re still in love after 36 years. There’s a moment of hesitation in Short’s answer as if he wanted to explain that his spouse, Nancy Dolman, had passed away over a year prior. Instead, he acted as a gentleman, avoided embarrassing the host on air, and waited for a commercial break.
Kanye’s Thoughts on George Dubya
Hurricane Katrina was physically devastating to New Orleans and Louisiana, but emotionally affected us all. It also brought together Mike Myers and Kanye West for a heartfelt message about Red Cross’ efforts. Myers sticks to his script but the outspoken Kanye launches into an awkward tirade on the media’s portrayal of black people in the region and makes claims that “they” have been given permission to “go down and shoot us.” Myers tries to recover the intended message, though his efforts go to waste when Kanye ends with a profound statement: “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
Kanye West Interrupts Taylor Swift
Ah, it wouldn’t be a list about awkwardness if Kanye West didn’t show up at least once. This time, his arrogance provided him with the cajones needed to jump on stage during the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009 to interrupt Taylor Swift’s freshly won Best Female Video award speech. Rather than provide the young artist with any honest praise, West snatched the mic to call out an injustice done to Beyoncé. Swift, stunned, stood awkwardly as the audience cheered and jeered West’s outburst. Maybe Beyonce’s video was one of the best of all time, but is it worth embarrassing a young artist to force your opinion?
Geraldo Visits Capone’s Vault
In 1986, former ABC reporter Geraldo Rivera was hot on the trails of something that would help his career even further – he was going to be the first person to open a secret vault owned by Al Capone. Medical examiners were present to look over any bodies found, the Internal Revenue Service provided agents to collect on the money expected to be discovered, and Rivera’s charm was there to bring this incredible moment to the world. When the vault finally opened, an empty room was revealed. Making good on a bet made with critics prior to the special, Rivera awkwardly belted out one line of Frank Sinatra’s “Chicago” and walked away.
Sinead O’Connor Takes on The Pope
You know a really bad way to make friends? Rip up a picture of one of the most revered religious figures of your time while singing the word “Evil”. Another fine Saturday Night Live moment, Sinead O’Connor was the show’s musical guest on October 3rd, 1992. <sarcasm> Keeping the energy high, O’Connor sang an a cappella version of “War” by Bob Marley, staring intently at the camera for the entire 3-minute production. At the song's end, which mentions a victor of good over evil, O’Connor pulls out a picture of Pope John Paul II and rips it into pieces, allegedly protesting against sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Adding to the awkwardness is the hush of silence that washed over the studio.
Janet Jackson’s Half-Time Malfunction
Super Bowl XXXVIII featured an incredible game between the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers, but by the end of the half-time show, the game was the last thing most media outlets were talking about. Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake took the center stage in a surprisingly in-sync collaboration, but again, nobody wound up caring about the performance. Instead, the focus was on the alleged wardrobe malfunction at the end of the act. It’s a wonder which was more awkward – the actual “malfunction,” or Jackson trying to get everyone to believe it wasn’t intentional.
Ashlee Simpson’s SNL Hoedown
Lip synching is not a new bastardization of live entertainment, but it’s still shocking when it’s revealed a performer resorts to the act. During the October 23rd, 2004 episode of Saturday Night Live, Simpson was the slated musical guest. Her first performance of the night, “Pieces of Me,” went off without a hitch, but when Jude Law introduced her for the second time, he was ushering the audience and at-home viewers into a scenario of awkward dancing and revelations. Simpson was geared up to sing “Autobiography,” but “Pieces of Me” began to play. Unsure of what to do, the singer launched into a hoedown, walked off stage, and then blamed her band for playing the wrong song.
The Bachelor Dump
You made it so far, winning The Bachelor and earning that final rose. All that’s left is to make it through the final “After the Final Rose” special and you’re home free with your new beau. For Melissa Rycroft, it was that final special that turned her romantic life into an even bigger soap opera. Unsure of his decision to take Melissa over the runner-up, Molly Malaney, Jason Mesnick decides to do the only honorable thing he can think to do – end their 6-week
Steve Harvey’s Miss Universe Gaff
Being crowned Miss Universe is an amazing accomplishment to those participating, so to have been Miss Columbia the night of the great 2015 mix-up was likely devastating. At the end of the dramatic build-up between Miss Philippine and Miss Columbia, Steve Harvey allegedly does what any good host would do and reads precisely what was on the teleprompter; and that was a victory announcement in favor of Ariadna Gutierrez of Columbia. Not moments after crowning the victor, though, Harvey was forced to back-peddle and suck the joy out of Columbia and announce Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach, the real Miss Universe. Between Harvey’s apology and Ariadna’s stunned gaze, it’s hard for viewers not to cringe.