Jeremy Piven freaks out at Chris Kattan, starts screaming at him (Update)

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Am I the only one who finds Jeremy “The Piv” Piven rather douchey? He’s always hitting on barely-legal girls and seems to give off the pungent stench of “gross”. That whole controversy with him dropping out of a Broadway play because of sushi poisoning was weird too – and The Piv is still being sued for that incident. If I was going to say something nasty to him, it would be about the barely-legal girls, not the mercury poisoning. It seems SNL-alum Chris Kattan went the other route, though. The Piv and Kattan were backstage at MTV when Kattan made a crack about The Piv’s play. The Piv proceeded to throw a massive hissy fit, and verbally attacked Chris in a “really personal” way, and Chris backed off, saying “Whoa, man – I thought we were just fooling around here.” When Chris tried to apologize a little while later, The Piv just slammed the door in Kattan’s face:

Jeremy Piven can’t take a joke when it comes to that alleged mercury poisoning. Backstage at Alexa Chung’s MTV talk show on Thursday, the “Entourage” star got into a screaming match with fellow comic Chris Kattan over the fishy situation.

Kattan – who’s been in town talking up his IFC miniseries “Bollywood Hero” – greeted Piven with a snarky, “So, what are you here to promote, your Broadway play?”

Piven, who famously dropped out of “Speed the Plow” in December, is in a legal battle with producers who believe the actor fabricated his illness in order to get out of completing his contract, and was none too happy to be reminded of the incident.

The actor sniped back irritably, “Well, what are you here to promote? Mango?” – a reference to Kattan’s swishy “Saturday Night Live” stripper character.

The actors continued to bark for a few minutes, but while Kattan thought the argument was in jest, Piven did not. Says an insider, “After some back and forth, Jeremy said something really personal to Chris that basically attacked his career. He said ‘Whoa, man – I thought we were just fooling around here.’”

Not the right thing to say to the man who plays Ari Gold, apparently. “I’m getting sued for that s–t!” the actor shouted. “It’s not funny!”

Our source adds, “Jeremy slammed the green room door right in Chris’ face, and about 20 people in the hallway outside could hear him yelling obscenities. He was furious.”

“Chris felt really badly about the whole thing, so about 15 minutes later he tried to approach Jeremy again to apologize, to tell him he was just kidding and that he didn’t mean to offend in any way. But Jeremy wasn’t having it at all. He slammed the door in Chris’ face AGAIN.”

Says Piven’s rep of the incident, “Jeremy and Chris did see each other at MTV and they were joking around backstage before a talk show appearance, as many actors do. If it was interpreted as a fight, someone wasn’t paying attention.”

Kattan’s publicist has a different take on the situation. “Chris mistakenly asked Jeremy if he was there to promote his play and Piven fired back with ‘What are you here to promote, Mango?’ Chris tried to apologize.”

We still urge Jeremy to lighten up. Aren’t comedians supposed to be able to take a joke?

[From Gatecrasher]

Chuckle. I could make a crack about bitchy C-list talent, but I tend to think The Piv might be considered B-List at this point. His turn on Entourage has won him some awards, so it seems he’s in a better position, career-wise, than Kattan. I love it when men show their inner divas, though. It’s hilarious. It would have been funnier if Kattan and The Piv had actually gotten into a slap-fight. I would have put money on Kattan in that case.

UPDATE: Part of the denial is already in the Gatecrasher piece, but The Piv’s people just released another denial. They’re protesting so loudly, it makes me think that there was a lot of truth to this story. Anyway, The Piv’s mouthpiece says the same stuff that’s in Gatecrasher, but adds a new detail, “If it was interpreted as a fight, someone wasn’t paying attention, that’s all. Both gentlemen spoke on the phone yesterday, there is no issue.” Aw, sounds like The Piv called Chris to apologize. That’s better than holding some immature grudge, so good for them.

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  1. Firestarter says:

    Just having to look at Chris Kataan would make me freak out!

  2. Jen says:

    Piven’s gay – the ‘barely-legal girls’ thing is an aggressively obvious cover.

  3. Laura says:

    Hahaha, I love Kattan. I agree though, that “mercury poisoning” ish just made him a loser/douche to me.

  4. the original kate says:

    i suspect jeremy piven is the guy who made fun of fat girls in high school in order to seem “cool” to the football players.

  5. Victoria says:

    I dont like Piven, I like Kattan much more.

  6. Neelyo says:

    Whenever I hear a story about Jeremy Piven, I question his sanity. He just seems like he’s bipolar or something.

  7. Trey says:

    I really REALLY want some gay pictures of Piven being the seksi power bottom I know he is on the inside. Please? Somebody shop some pics together of him totally getting some ass luvins? I would make it my wallpaper.

  8. smith says:

    Piven did a three-part “Journey of a Lifetime” program wherein he traveled India – meeting people, experiencing life, practicing yoga, etc. The sites were truly magical, colorful and intense. Without any prejudice I have to say Piven …he was just a douche. With few exceptions he was so self-important and ODD in the way he interacts with the locals and in his narration that I think the man is simply not quite right in the head.

  9. Nev says:

    Piven’s toupee must have been on too tight that night.

  10. SFW says:

    So what if he hits on young chicks? Who cares? They certainly don’t mind it. Let’s drop the puritan act already.What’s with the weird hang up with age and relationships in this country?
    It’s not like 18 year old need protection from the good looking Hollywood sometimes leading man who happens to be as douche.

  11. BOGART4017 says:

    There is something a little greasy about him isnt there?

  12. Ron says:

    It’s always fun to watch the oopma loompa’s fight!

  13. Jag says:

    Nope, don’t like Piven at all.

  14. Buster says:

    I think Jeremy Piven has been long established as a super douche.

  15. I sat next to an ”exotic dancer” on a flight from NY to LA before Entourage made Piven a household name. At the time he was better known as John Cusack’s obnoxious plus one, who took home as many of Cusack’s cast-offs as he could. The girl told me she had been “dating” him for over a year, but openly admitted he was a total jerk and a loser. I guess they were using each other to bask in the glow of the once cool star of “Say Anything”. Funny thing is, you never see him with Cusack anymore, I guess when the Pivert’s star rose, he moved on from his now less-famous friends and pole dancers. I’ve always thought he was probably a bitter balding douche, now he’s just a famous one. Don’t think he’s gay though.

  16. Vermithrax says:

    Piven is a supreme raging douchebag. The more I hear about this guy the more I cannot stand him. Sounds like it was an innocent mistake anyway, Kattan tried to apologize the way any good man would in a situation like that.

    Piven is an Über Dork.


  17. Jojo says:

    Piven is a douche. Kattan was great in Bollywood Hero!

  18. Lem says:

    piv is a pud

    you just never ever hear anything good about him

  19. p3rp3tu4 says:

    The Bollywood Hero was great! Lots of fun to watch. Love him. Cheers!

  20. D2 says:

    I guess Kattan must have hit a little too close to home. He thought he was just joking when whatever he said must have been the truth.

  21. Mace says:

    I hope we don’t have to see much of him in the future. I don’t watch Entourage, but I still have to read about him here. Seems like a total tool. Way too uncool for Hollywood. Bad Attitude! Selfish! Mentally Unstable! Douche!

  22. LacyLady says:

    Jeremy Piven is not a nice guy at all. A friend of mine who works in retail in Beverly Hills had to deal with his obvious feelings of self-importance and entitlement. She couldn’t wait for him to leave the store. She said he spent a LOT of time looking around waiting to be recognized and then, when he was, he acted snotty about it. So much attitude for so little to offer!

  23. Bob Lawblaw says:

    I think I saw a preview for that, smith.

    He is just lame, trying so hard to look like he doesn’t try.
    Much like his frat-boy fan base.

  24. Feebee says:

    Comedians can take a joke. Piven isn’t a comedian. He’s a pissy little mama’s boy who decided he couldn’t be bothered with Broadway commitments and is now being sued for it. He couldn’t take a joke before it and he can’t do it now. I would definitely have asked him if he was allowed to eat sushi yet. Fuck him if he can’t take a joke.