During a talk with Stephen Colbert at a fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival in Stewart’s home state of New Jersey last week, the host said he would never invite Grant back to the show because he was a “a big pain in the ass” during a 2009 interview. Stewart even said Grant was his least favorite guest in the history of the program.
“And we’ve had dictators on the show,” he said.
Grant admitted on Twitter that Stewart was right about his behavior.
“Turns out my inner crab got the better of me with TV producer in 09,” Grant said. “Unforgivable. J Stewart correct to give me kicking.”
Grant appeared on the show to promote his film Did You Hear About the Morgans, which also starred Sarah Jessica Parker. The romantic comedy received mediocre reviews from critics, and made a little more than half of its $58 million budget back in domestic theaters. It performed slightly better overseas, earning $56 million for a total of $85 million worldwide.
Grant had apparently gotten upset about a clip that his publicist used for the show, and asked “What is that clip? It’s a terrible clip.” Stewart responded, “Well, then make a better f***ing movie.”
Stewart’s retelling of the story drew laughter from the sold-out event at the Wellmont Theater.
Turns out my inner crab got the better of me with TV producer in 09.Unforgivable.J Stewart correct to give me kicking.
— Hugh Grant (@HackedOffHugh) December 14, 2012
What do you think of Hugh Grant’s apology? Should Jon Stewart let him back on the show?