Gaffes, Awkwardness Rule TV This Week
By PopEater Staff Posted Dec 18th 2009 02:00PM
Maybe it's something about the impending holiday break that has everyone on TV flubbing their choice of words this week, making for a big old barrel of awkward on the tube. Whether it was guests like Jude Law or hosts like Elisabeth Hasselbeck or Oprah Winfrey, it seemed like everyone had already checked their brains -- and questioning/answering abilities -- out to lunch. Watch Three Instances After the Jump
The week began with Oprah Winfrey's big exclusive interview with the stunning Kate Hudson. During her chat with Hudson -- who's starring in the musical 'Nine' -- Winfrey peppered her with questions about Alex Rodriguez. Herein lies the rub: Hudson and Rodriguez have pretty much broken up, but the interview was taped three weeks ago while they were possibly still together (having never given an official confirmation that they were ever dating or had ever broken up adds a bit of mystery to the whole situation). Flummoxed by the situation, a giggling Hudson tells Winfrey: "I don't even know where to begin" after she was shown a photo of the two kissing. Hudson says she never knows how to handle questions about "personal relationships in your life and then how and where to discuss them." Still, she's a pro, and wound up telling Oprah that she was "joyful" about her status with A-Rod. Now... probably not so much.
Hudson on 'Oprah'
Perhaps the most uncomfortable TV uh-oh of the week came from 'View' co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. The whole 'View' crew was interviewing Stanley Tucci about his new film 'The Lovely Bones,' and Whoopi Goldberg asked the actor if he'd read the highly-popular book that the movie stems from. Tucci said he hadn't, but that his wife did and that she didn't want him to be in the film version.
Hasselbeck chimes in, asking Tucci if his wife "has seen any parts" of the film, to which Tucci quickly answers "No, no, no." Tucci's wife Kate died in May after a battle with cancer. The subject doesn't come up again, and we're sure Hasselbeck meant no harm with the question and/or didn't know about the situation.
Finally, the week was capped off with Jude Law talking to David Letterman on 'The Late Show.' Law, who was on to promote his new movie Sherlock Holmes, was asked by Letterman about his holiday plans. Law said "I usually try to take the children on a bit of an adventure," leading Letterman to ask "how many kids?" Law responds that he has three children. The problem here? He actually has four. In September, model and former Law gal pal Samantha Burke gave birth to Law's child. The "three" Law was referring to are his kids with ex-wife Sadie Frost, who it seems he has a better relationship with.
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