Harmony Korine got banned from Letterman for stealing from Meryl Streep’s purse

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Warning! This story is a little bit disgusting but not in a conventional sense. Don’t worry, you won’t vomit or anything by reading it. Here’s what happened: James “AAART” Franco visited the “Late Show with David Letterman” because Franco is still promoting both Oz the Great and Powerful and Spring Breakers, and Dave is a great interviewer regardless of the subject at hand. I mean, you all know how I feel about James Franco, but this story (surprisingly) isn’t really about Franco.

Rather, Franco waltzed out to his interview, greeted Dave, and brought up the topic of Spring Breakers director Harmony Korine (Kids, Trash Humpers) to Dave, and then Franco inquired as to why his “good friend” had been banned from the show until infinity. Apparently, Franco had the wrong idea about the affair, and he harbored the impression that Korine was banned because he engaged in a throwdown with Meryl Streep. To Dave’s credit, he totally called out this nonsense to Franco and corrected the tale. The true version? In the late 1990s, Korine was scheduled to appear on the same episode as Meryl Streep, but Dave found Korine in Meryl’s dressing room. At the moment of discovery, Korine was rifling through Meryl’s purse! In response, Dave kicked him out, and Korine was banned for the forseeable future. Here is the video apparance of Franco’s relevant appearance on Letterman with details below the clip:

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US talkshow host David Letterman has revealed he banned director Harmony Korine from The Late Show after finding him going through Meryl Streep’s purse backstage.

Korine appeared on Letterman in the late 90s, a period during which he was using crack and heroin and which saw two of his homes burn down in mysterious circumstances. The film-maker, who looks set to have the biggest hit of his career with the comedy thriller Spring Breakers, is now clean.

Korine’s friend, and the star of Spring Breakers, James Franco, appeared on Letterman on Monday night and asked the comic to finally reveal why the film-maker, whose trio of stumbling, half-cut appearances on The Late Show are legendary, had been asked not to return. The actor revealed his friend had told him he was banned for pushing Streep backstage, adding: “Harmony is a very sane guy now, a great artist and great person to work with, but I think he had a period where he was going a little off the rails, so maybe he was on something that night.”

Letterman then revealed the true story behind the incident in public for the first time. “I went upstairs to greet Meryl Streep and welcome her to the show, and I knock on the door … and she was not in there,” he said. “And I looked around, and she was not in there, and I found Harmony going through her purse. True story. And so I said: ‘That’s it, put her things back in her bag and then get out.’”

Letterman said he would now be happy to have the director, who completed rehab more than a decade ago, back on his show. Korine, who wrote the controversial film Kids for director Larry Clark at the age of 19, has described the period as a “crazy time” that he could not live through again. “I felt pretty debased and lost,” he told the Guardian in 2008. “I became like a tramp. I wasn’t delusional. I didn’t think I was going to be OK. I thought: ‘This might be the end.’ I’d read enough books. I knew where this story ended. The story finishes itself.”

[From Guardian]

I love Franco’s reaction at the end of the clip when he realizes that his friend snowed him under as to the true reason why he got banned from Dave’s show. Obviously, it’s commendable that Korine managed to wrestle free from the depths of crack and heroin addiction, but still, don’t lie to your friends and then subject them to finding out the truth on a late night talk show. Besides, who the hell messes with Meryl Streep without risking a universal blacklist? Harmony should just be thrilled that he managed to secure funding for his latest (bikini exploitation) movie.

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  1. Steve says:

    He is vile!

  2. Chat says:

    Ugh that korin is a total creep.

    • Shazza says:

      Did anyone hear the interview with Korine where he admitted he met his wife 10 years ago (when she was 17) then stumbled and said they met 8 years ago. Even the host made fun of it. He does look like a perv. And I can’t believe Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens brought their mothers to the premiere!

  3. Pixie says:

    As a side note, I watched the new Oz film last night and was surprised by how much I actually liked James Franco in it! I thought he was pretty good!

  4. poppy says:

    korine’s “talent” is sketch, at best. he is a skeeve.
    what sort of grown man wears sneakers to his own premiere? one that is trying too hard to appear young and unaffected? same guy that would get his actor to bring up a story on tv about what a bad ass he is?
    the review of spring boobies, er, breakers in the new yorker was not good. his shark jumped a loooong time ago.

  5. Hannah says:

    But his is an “artist”. According to James Franco.

  6. annabelle says:

    Ugh. Ew.

    What does is say about that town (Hollywood) if this is the kind of person they are throwing millions of dollars at?

  7. Maya says:

    I have to admit, that picture of Meryl Streep with Daniel Day-Lewis made me squee a little.

  8. Bacon! says:

    No. No. No. No. No.

    You don’t mess with Meryl and get away with it, you trash. Absolutely not. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

    • Cazzie says:

      Thanks for the laugh! I had forgotten about this tirade:

      “…Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

  9. L says:

    So franco was okay with him pushing a woman when his friend was going through a ‘rough time’-but seems shocked that he was stealing? His entire attitude during that interview was disgusting.

    For either reason-Franco trying to call Letterman out was really bad taste and just goes to show how arrogant that guy is. With either story, I totally back Dave for banning him-you can’t pull that stuff behind the scenes and expect everyone to be fine with it.

    • beth says:

      yo. what do you think? It’s all unscripted? They talk about what they’re going to talk about before they go on air.

  10. Chelsea's handler says:

    You guys should see Julian Donkey Boy. It’s amazing. Watch now. Thank me later.

  11. Chicagogurl says:

    Go Dave for not only correcting a lie but kicking him off to begin with.

  12. truthful says:

    weirdo, and I am glad that Dave called him out on it!

  13. Jonathan says:

    Why does James Franco shout when he talks? Is he hard of hearing?

  14. Jacqueline says:

    It shows how pompous this guy is that he would go on Dave’s show and call him out. You just don’t insult someone in their own house and I’m glad he got the pimp slap of truth upside his head. That is just another example of why we shouldn’t fight other people’s battles.

  15. Audrey says:

    Oh hell no. Not Meryl.

  16. Root says:

    Maybe he was looking for drugs. Meryl you bad girl!

  17. Shi-gatsu says:

    I LOVE looking at DDL and Meryl Streep standing side by side!

  18. Cidee says:

    @Rosie…..you in danger, girl.