Jeremy Piven mocks Benny Cumberbatch, but calls him a ‘true gentleman’


Jeremy Piven hates Benedict Cumberbatch. Prepare for the onslaught, Piv. Cumberbitches are going to be attacking and destroying Jeremy Piven for the next five years (at the very least). The Piv’s career is going to take a major hit. The Cumberbitches are ruthless. It all started out innocently enough – The Piv was on Jimmy Kimmel Live and he was talking about Mr. Selfridge (which I’ve tried to watch but I never got into) and how the BBC and PBS shows work, and there was a story about promoting Mr. Selfridge and Sherlock at the same time:

The Piv says:

“PBS is putting it out and we went and did a Q&A for the critics and they said we were going to share it with Sherlock. ‘You’ll do your Q&A, they’ll do theirs, then we’ll put it out to the critics and if they have any questions they will come to the stage and ask you or Sherlock questions.’ They guide me to the stage in the dark and when the lights come on they say, ‘Please give your questions to Sherlock,’ and they forgot to say Mr. Selfridge. I am standing there on the stage while hundreds of people made their way to Benedict Cumberb—-. Cumber—-. By the way, he is a brilliant actor and a true gentleman and Sherlock is genius. I am a huge fan and he’ll never speak to me again!”

[From THR]

The Piv goes on and uses like three or four obscene, derogatory variations of “Cumberbatch” and even his kind words about Benedict being a “true gentleman” aren’t enough to make me forget. The Piv is DEAD to me. Not that I ever paid that much attention to him anyway, but seriously. Cumberbitches, attack!

Also, Benedict must have found himself with some spare time and we know how much he hates to not work, so he signed on to host the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards in Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur on March 26. Benedict said:

“I am a big sports enthusiast and I am delighted to be able to host such an important event in the sporting year. I have seen the names of all the great sportsmen and women who have been nominated for the Laureus Awards this year and, although I played a great detective in Sherlock, I have to confess I have no idea who is going to win. They all seem to have achieved so much. But it will be great to be part of such a special event.”

[From Yahoo News]

He’s such a dork. “Although I played a great detective in Sherlock, I have to confess I have no idea who is going to win.” Bless his heart. I bet he will be very good at hosting though. Hopefully this will be the first of many hosting duties we see from our Cumby.



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  1. paola says:

    Any of you has ever watched ‘Entourage’? I believe that show without Jeremy Piven would have been total crap.

    • Fabrizio says:

      I think that with or without him, the product is bad

    • Dani says:

      Ari Gold makes the show. Don’t think anyone but Piven could fill that role.

      • Green Girl says:

        Agreed! I always wish Ari and Lloyd could have had their own show. I would watch it like it was my job.

      • Dani says:

        Ugh I love Lloyd!!! He has the best attitude. Their currently shooting the movie and now Ari’s assistant is Kid Cudi but I’ve seen pictures of Llyod on set. Also Mrs. Gold is back. Can’t wait!

      • paola says:

        I love Lloyd. Actually my favorites bits are when the story revolves around him. So funny when he was trying to lose weight to get a promotion!

      • magpie says:

        Yeah, said the same thing down thread. Team Lloyd.

      • corn on the cob says:

        Ari Gold did make the show. But in real life Piven is an a**hole. Saw him at a restaurant and he couldn’t be more rude to the staff.

    • minime says:

      I never reached the part where that show was barely watchable…as for Piven, I think he was just trying to be funny and he was.

    • paola says:

      I think the actor playing Vince Chase is not believable as an Hollywood super star. He is ugly and with no charisma. All the rest just follows in boredom..apart from Jeremy Piven. I thought he was great on that role even if a bit overacted.

      • magpie says:

        I agree Adrian Grenier wasn’t believable as a Leo like mega star. Lacked charisma and sex appeal.

      • Penelope says:

        …and acting ability.

      • magpie says:

        I thought the rest of the “entourage” were very believable. Turtle, Drama cause he is the less successful brother and Kevin C because he was a member of Leo’s real life crew. Piven was very believable as HWood jerk but my fave of them all was Lloyd!

      • Dani says:

        If I’m not wrong, the point of casting Adrian was to make it more realistic. The show is somewhat based on Mark Whalberg and how ‘unconventional’ he was/is and that’s what they wanted for their front man. I think Adrian fit really well, especially in the beginning (when he was more attractive). Towards the end I thought his character kind of sucked and was really lacking everywhere but overall he fits.

      • magpie says:

        That’s why it didn’t work for me. Whalberg was rough, raw and sexy in his early career. Adrien is none of that.

    • Arock says:

      Entourage was a terrible show centered around grating personalities, played by c grade actors. Privens role was more of a dynamic character, but is by no means the thespian he thinks he is. Which is ok, just don’t be a dick about it- or at least be funny/ironic well.
      I don’t know, I kind of give him a pass for PCU.

  2. Miss Jupitero says:

    Ahhhhh so this is why he backed out of Crimson Peak!

    • Abby says:

      Give him a break, I don’t know why people give him so much shit for leaving that film. So many actors leave projects like what’s the big deal?

      Plus he said it way back in September that he didn’t leave CP because of another film and now it seems he wasn’t lying. He is on a mini break which is doing wonders as he looks more healthy.

      • jammypants says:

        very true, he even looks like he lost some years on his face from all the rest

      • 'p'enny says:


        I think the big deal at the time, due to him dropping out, was because the press/fans were convinced he was going to be in Star Wars – they kept badgering him about that. Then Hiddles stepped in and that didn’t help calm the situation down either.

    • M.A.F. says:

      He was already out of that movie. This sport awards show seems to have just come up.

    • T.Fanty says:

      Cut Cumby some slack. Maybe he finally worked through all the hookers in Russia and needs a new continent to conquer. Plus, I’ll bet the exchange rate is much more in his favor out there.

  3. Dulcinea says:

    So Jealous and petty. I’ve never liked this guy.

    • Tatjana says:

      Oh come on, it was funny. And he was great as Ari Gold.
      Mr Selfridge is pretty good too, I enjoy it.

      • Louminary says:

        I watched a bit of Selfridges and honestly I found his acting extremely insincere!
        Maybe it was because he seems to be playing a nice, non douchebaggy type, and I just can’t buy him as a nice guy!

    • malina says:

      Spot on. He wasn’t funny, this monologue was something he spent a while preparing and then performed it badly. Not funny, not spontaneous. What an awful person.

    • Hiddles forever says:

      I never liked this guy anyway. Anybody remember him throwing tantrums on sets and feeling selfentitled? There was lots of articles about that a few years ago.

      He always behaved like an arse so I wouldn’t rule out he hates Cumberbatch for real (it is difficult not to hate someone who is more much talented than you, isn’t it? )

  4. Marnie says:

    It’s okay Cumby. You can cry into my shoulder. I’ll console you.

  5. QQ says:

    Whilst I dont Cape for the Lizard wattle guy IT IS RICH AS FUCK for Jeremy Piven and His Rug hair to make fun of anyone above Lindsay Lohan

    • Liberty says:


      That little sour tacky Piv—. Piv—. —–even is such a jerk, in general.

    • Zvonk says:

      I remember he played Ellen’s cousin in her sitcom. He was badly balding back then. All of a sudden he has a thick head of hair? I don’t understand men who wear rugs. It’s so unnecessary. Wear a wig for a role by all means, but to do so outside of a role is just sad.

    • Hiddles forever says:


  6. Chrissy says:

    This comment definitely gives me another reason to dislike the Pivert..

  7. jinni says:

    I’m not see how he talked smack about BC. Seems like he’s more pissed at who ever put together the Q&A. I doubt he was giving him a mocking compliment when he called BC a true gentleman. As for the making fun of his name thing, everyone makes fun of his name.It’s like something out of a Dickens book. Plus it sounds more like he’s making fun of his fanbase’s name which even BC isn’t a fan of. I’m not seeing the need to attack Piven over this.

    • Green Girl says:

      Yes, thank you, and this is where I am on it. I thought it was needless of Piven to “go there,” as the kids say, but since even Cumby himself has said he hates the fan nickname, it’s OK in my books.

    • Katie says:

      Err, he wasn’t poking fun at the fanbase unless they’re using ‘Cumberslut’ now.

      • jinni says:

        I’m sure it was a riff off of the whole Cumberb*tches name that fan use to call themselves.

  8. eliza says:

    I enjoyed Piven on Entourage and I enjoy him on Mr.Selfridge.

  9. Lark says:

    Um, this seemed like some light-hearted banter? I’m no fan of Jeremy, but are you serious? Even Cumberbatch has poked fun at his own name a few times.

  10. GoodNamesAllTaken says:


  11. ds says:

    I watched an episode of Selfridge and quit ’cause Piven was so annoyingly bad. Seriously, that’s the worst he’s ever been.

  12. Loopy says:

    I loved Ari Gold, is he going to be in the movie too?

  13. blue marie says:

    Oh come on, his comments are harmless. I feel you’re being snarky but I can never tell when it comes to BC.

  14. harpreet says:

    Watch Mr Selfridge, picks up after the third episode, trust me!!

  15. GeeMoney says:

    Piven’s comments were a little funny… not mad at him for that.

    And Cumby is hosting the Laureus sports awards? Didn’t know he was that big of a sports nut (seriously, if he loves sports as much as I do, him and I need to get together pronto!!!!).

    • Abby says:

      I heard Beckhams will attend it too….I hope Cumby photobombs them on the carpet 😀

    • Mia4S says:

      Morgan Freeman hosted last year. I think they love hosts with great voices. 😉

    • Green Girl says:

      As mentioned above, I don’t know if Cumby really has anything going on right at the moment, work-wise, so he probably feels it’s better to attend some sort of high-profile event and get publicity than sit at home.

      • Katie says:

        @Green Girl

        Agree, especially since Laureus is a charity and the ticket sales go back into it. He’s donating his time.

      • MissMary says:

        He’s also due in Australia in early April so it’s probably also a planning/logistics thing. He can go to KL, do the award and some promo, see the sights, and go on to Australia for the con events he’s attending, then head back to start filming Lost City of Z.

      • Katie says:

        @Miss Mary

        It’s funny, but it’s probably best he’s just doing fun stuff here and there. Half of what he’s been doing is charity stuff anyway and he doesn’t look so haggard now. I don’t personally find him attractive, but christ even I noticed how worn he was starting to look. His schedule was tiring just to read and he’s not in his 20’s anymore.

        Supposedly Hamlet news is coming at the end of the month, so between LCOZ, PR for IG and the major preparation he’ll need to put in for Hamlet, he needs to blow off steam now while he still can.

      • Green Girl says:

        @Katie – good point! Flying around the world at the drop of a hat, spending almost every night in a hotel room, having to be “on” during interviews, and maybe squeezing in the occasional voiceover work….that’ll wear anyone down. I do hope he gets some much-needed downtime.

  16. ZsaZsa says:

    He’s only really sexy as Mr Selfridge. It’s quite petty to be rude about someone when it’s not really their fault you have an issue with.

    I do fear that Benny might be in the ‘men of the moment’ in his exclusive trio and all their bubble might burst. Over exposer can make people tire very quickly and cause mockery amoungst other actors like what priven did.

  17. lunchcoma says:

    That story sounds more funny than anything, but Piven has been dead to me ever since the “sushi” incident.

  18. Clucky says:

    It just seemed to me that Piven was being self deprecating and part of the joke was him trying to save face by making fun of BC. I doubt he meant for BC or anyone else to take offense.

    • RobN says:

      Don’t like him but I tend to agree. One of those weird moments in an interview when you realize you’ve said something you shouldn’t have and then try to awkwardly save it but end up looking even worse.

  19. Karen says:

    So unnecessary and unfunny. He seems like a giant douchebag, I’ve thought so ever since Elizabeth Moss talked about that play debacle.

    • Margret says:

      My son works in Hollywood and the word is that he is a major d**k and that in Entourage, he was basically playing himself. His rep has suffered after the sushi thing (he dropped out of a Broadway play at the last second with “food poisoning” but was not believed). Wonder what he had to do to get the Selfridge part?

    • Myrto says:

      Agreed. I think it’s so immature to make fun of someone’s last name. Besides, to my non Anglo-Saxon ears, Cumberbatch doesn’t sound strange/funny/weird at all. It’s a long name but that’s all, so I’ve never understood all the “how do you pronounce it? oh what is your name again?”.

  20. Green Girl says:

    Ha! I am loving that last picture of him at the end of the article. He’s like “Can’t you see I’m trying to beat this level of Candy Crush?!?”

  21. Az says:

    Reason # 225,311,790,046 why I loathe this turd. He is unbearable.

  22. Ms. Turtle says:

    A) the producers of talk shows prep the guests so no doubt they mined this and B) Piven is a snarky bitch and C) He also knows what makes good TV & was being self-deprecating. Cumberbatch undoubtedly had no problem with it.

  23. Kelly says:

    I thought it was funny and I’m a Cumberslut (ahahahahahahaha, this is even better than Cumberbitch). And seriously, whoever organized that Q&A is a total wanker.

    • Ponytail says:

      I love them *both* and I couldn’t really see the insult in this – he was joking, obviously.

  24. Abby says:

    Benedict attended some event with Prince Phillip and he looked so handsome in that suit. I gotta give it to Prince Phillip he looks really good for his age.

    • ZsaZsa says:

      Prince Philip was quite hot when he was young. No wonder the queen fell for him.

      Has anybody here done the DoE award? I also wondered what medal Benny got?

      • LadySlippers says:

        BC was handing out the awards.

      • T.Fanty says:

        I did my DofE. Would have done it a lot more quickly if there had been a hottie handing out the medals.

      • Sixer says:

        I did DofE bronze and then got bored. Did you do Young Enterprise too, Fantius? We made chopping boards and earrings!

      • T.fanty says:

        No, I didn’t. However, for my silver, I climbed a mountain in Wales named Lord Hereford’s Knob.

  25. Allison says:

    Piven is a NOTORIOUS NOTORIOUS NOTORIOUS a$$hole. That’s why this is not cool. His balding, bruised ego took a hit and he took it out on Benedict on a talk show. Substitute anyone else into that story and it’s still childish, snarky shiite.

  26. Cali says:

    I hate when stars feel they have to make fun of or make negative statements/shade of fellow actors. Yeah they try to make it seem as if they’re joking but it’s nothing less than a cowardly take down.

    Piven thinks he’s above Benedict.

  27. Olga says:

    That was rude ! He is so jealous !
    I didn’t know who he was and surely will not going foward.

    • beth hawkins says:

      Why are women or teenagers so invested in this guy cumberbatch. Most have probably never met him, why get so worked up over someone you will never know personally. If you are a grown woman obssessing over an actor, you should be ashamed of yourself.

      • Kelly says:

        Please, you’re posting comments on a celeb gossip site telling other people that they should be ashamed of themselves?? Why are you invested in anonymous commentators who you probably haven’t met and will never meet?
        Live and let live, stop judging everyone and every thing with every breath you take, it must be exhausting.

      • Janeite says:

        Did you just happen upon CB not aware that it is a site for celebrity gossip?

      • LadySlippers says:

        Plenty of other celebs get defended too.

      • ZsaZsa says:

        How’s commenting on a gossip site obsessing? For your information I’m working and come on here every now and again on my break.

        I know I would never meet or want to meet him or any other hot male celeb I like as it would ruin the fanasty and they might not be what I expect. I’ve learnt my lesson with Mr Evans as I went off him after I met him. No that he was horrible or anything.

        Read the sub heading. Escapism can be smart.
        It’s not like we’re swapping stalking tips.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Oh, sit down, Beth, we’re just having fun. Sorry that bothers you.

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        I’m a grown woman with the right to do anything I want, including obsessing about celebs if that is my small pleasure in each day (please note I use the word “obsessing” very loosely here as I think responding to celeb news does not automatically make one “obsessed”).

        I’ve also met some wonderful people on this site and had deep and meaningful conversations about issues much more important than Cumby’s mismatched buttons (not much more important mind you!).

        Each to his/her own so long as nobody is getting hurt.

      • Sixer says:

        Is obsessing over a soccer manager ok? Don’t answer that. I know it is. I have the hots for Jose Mourinho at the moment. He has better snark than me and it’s all very come hither. I like obsessing. Shame, not so much.

      • Hiddles forever says:

        Dear Beth,

        I actually met some of my best friends through a gossip board years ago. So alas, it is not always bad to post on gossip sites, however guess what.. The ones posting ‘oh you should be ashamed of yourself’ are still defined haters. I guess that telling you ‘live and let live’ is useless right? 😉 I feel for you.

  28. Leah says:

    Well, it just means Ben star is growing if other actors are dogging him.

  29. EscapedConvent says:

    Hmmmm….And what did he say that was so “mocking”? Nothing.

    It *is* funny for Jeremy Piven to make fun of anyone, if he does. But if he’s just poking fun at Cumberbatch’s name, that’s de rigueur.

  30. Camille (The Original) says:

    Hahaha! Nice one Piv 🙂

  31. Nan209 says:

    Piven’s personality is a turn off. I remember when he was on Ellen and his character was kind of adorable and likable … Though with a bit of edge. Then I saw him interviews and I thought well, at least he can act because he’s douche in IRL. I haven’t found the will to watch his BBC/PBS show simply because I find him pretty distasteful. I think when his characters are douches he’s just being Piven when his characters have a soft likable side he’s acting. So he can act…got give him credit.