Julia Roberts called ‘rude, dismissive & nasty’ by Fox News critic

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Holy hell. All sorts of stuff was going down at Monday’s Duplicity premiere in New York. Fox News has a piece up by Roger Friedman, who is a general film/theatre/television critic. He’s pretty good, and usually his reviews and pieces are very fair. I’m saying that I totally believe his version of events, so here goes.

Last night, Julia was walking the red carpet, talking to reporters, doing her job, basically. When she got to Friedman, Julia’s pleasant demeanor turned to stone. In Friedman’s words, Julia was “rude, downright nasty, and dismissive… her behavior was unexpected and chilling.” First, this is sort of devastating to Julia Roberts, calling her out for some extraordinarily bad behavior. Second, maybe she had a good reason? Here’s the first part of Friedman’s piece:

Is it important for entertainment journalists to write nice things about movie stars? Do they even read their own press? Or are they so much in their own world that they just let their publicists tell them what’s going on in the world.

[Julia Roberts]… mother now of three kids, she probably doesn’t have the time to read anything. She certainly doesn’t read this column. When she saw me last night at the premiere of her sleek new thriller, “Duplicity,” Roberts didn’t hesitate to cut me dead. She was rude, downright nasty, and dismissive. She snubbed me in front of other people to make her point, and later cut in between me and director Tony Gilroy to make her point. Her behavior was unexpected and chilling.

So what was the problem? Her officious publicist, Marcy Engelman, said: “She knows you broke the embargo on her play and wrote bad things about her.”

Indeed, a top agent at the party said, “Julia said, ‘that’s the man who writes bad things about me.’”

Wait: you’re thinking, even if that were true, would a gracious person do such a thing in public? That’s something to consider.

In any case, another producer, a long time friend of Julia’s, then proceeded to tell me she’d absolutely remembered me writing something terrible about Roberts. “I know you did,” she said.

[From Fox News]

Oh, so what did he do to get The Wrath of Julia? In her mind, Friedman had written something horrible about her performance in “Three Days of Rain”, the play she did in the spring of 2006. What a long memory. But what terrible things did Friedman write about America’s Sweetheart?

For the record: When Roberts was a week away from opening in “Three Days of Rain” on Broadway in April 2006, she was getting terrible advance buzz in the local newspapers. The gossip snipes said she looked bad, and couldn’t act. As an ardent fan of Roberts, I thought I’d go over and see what was happening. After mentioning the enthusiastic audience and the celebrities who’d already come to see her, I wrote:

“As for Julia: She was very good on Saturday afternoon. We heard her clearly in the last row. She has a strong stage presence and I suspect it will just get better and better as she warms up for opening night. She is funny and charming when appropriate, somber and grim with conviction too. She has all her lines digested and you cannot take your eyes off of her. She actually injects some life into that first-act character with some real Roberts sarcasm. It’s most welcome. In the second act, though, she combines her best riffs from her performances in “Steel Magnolias” and “Ready to Wear,” among others.”

“And she does not look thin, gaunt or unhappy. Quite to the contrary, she has a supple energy. Our audience went wild for her, with a standing ovation and cheering. So there.

As our usher said, she’s already very good and by opening night, pow!”

“So retract those claws, kitties. And get ready. No, she’s not Cherry Jones or Phylicia Rashad — yet. But she’s a movie star and can act circles around anyone, and she’s going to be a sensation in the papers on the morning of April 20.”

“My guess is this will open the door for her to alternate doing plays and movies, and that can only be a good thing.”

This may be the ultimate example of ‘a good turn will not go unpunished.’

Most reviewers, in fact, did not care for Roberts when the play opened. She got creamed by the regular theater critics. The morning after opening night I wrote:

“If anything, she seemed more relaxed on stage this time around, and significantly improved. It will be interesting to go see her at the end of the run in June … When Roberts returns to Broadway in a couple of years — which she will undoubtedly do — I hope it’s in a romantic comedy or a farce where she can show off her real talents.”

I did think Roberts was brave to take on Broadway. And the fact is, the material was not suited to her. In the end, it may have been the same case that plagues many Hollywood stars who want to jump into the deep end on Broadway before learning to swim. Sometimes it’s better to do what Katie Holmes did in “All My Sons” this last year, and take a secondary role.

In any case, I wouldn’t have thought that what I wrote about Roberts in her play could have justified the scene at last night’s party. It was not pretty, and it was meant to be devastating. Her associates said, “This is what she was told.” And that’s even worse: to think that most people in Hollywood start many conversations with these words: “I was told you wrote (blank).”

Maybe it’s time to start getting better information… My advice to Julia: get a new publicist, and a clipping service.

[From Fox News]

Jesus. If Julia Roberts has any kind conscience, she needs to send this guy a muffin basket or something. Even if she was totally in the dark about what Friedman actually wrote, and she was being told by her people that “Oh, he’s just written horrible things about you” it’s still not an excuse. If you don’t want to talk to someone who writes bad things about you, don’t do it. There’s no reason to act like such an a–hole. Julia’s been at this for more than two decades. Methinks she’s just off her game.

Here’s Julia at the New York City ‘Duplicity’ premiere at the Ziegfeld theatre last night. Images thanks to WENN.com.

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  1. Hieronymus Grex says:

    ‘America’s Sweetheart’- there’s a dubious title that always makes me roll my eyes. There was a lot of bad press for Julia over her stage performance, most people dubbed her wooden and unconvincing, but only by making an example out of Fox News critics can she be guaranteed some extra press for her movie.

  2. ebgirl says:

    Ugh, can’t stand her anyway. She’s known for being a bitch to journalists, paps and fans unless she needs to kiss ass because she has a movie being released. She really isn’t a good actress, she seems to play the same role in different films, so she needs to just suck it up and live with constructive criticism.

  3. Anoneemouse says:

    This does not make sense. If he wrote terrible things about her in the past, why would she make a point of pissing him off to the extent he would write MORE bad things about her?

  4. Gistine says:

    At least he didn’t call her Captain Loose Vagina of Homewreckersville, Horsetown USA.

    Seriously. We watched a thing on her on the Bio channel and my boyfreind was shocked at how many of her costars she shagged. I don’t care about whoredom, but she is a HOMEWRECKER! See:Kiefer,Cameraman.

  5. Alex Esparza says:

    Or, maybe she just hates FOX news and all of their kind for their hateful biased coverage.

  6. eggy weggs says:

    She should thank her lucky stars that she’s even considered relevant. If you are an actor, you have to consider that there will always be someone who doesn’t like everything you do. You get over it and you act like a professional.

  7. Your Friend says:

    Liberal-bimbo. Probably cant read anyhow. Her stage acting is a disaster – stick to doing Oprah.

  8. TinaWithPom says:

    All I know is that I loved watching Julia Roberts in “Erin Brockovich” and “Steel Magnolias.”

    Like me, she’s a Southern girl. She may be prone to flare-ups when she feels her reputation’s been besmirched by the press (Mr. Friedman’s 2006 review).

    Then again, Julia is pushing 42, and not some little girl pulling at her braids in church. Grow some manners, Miss Roberts.

  9. Ron says:

    I have no idea what this is about–but I lived close to Julia in Venice and whenever I saw her, she was really nice. The only time she would get funky was if paparazzi were around, but normally she was really a nice person and very friendly. We would often cross paths walking our dogs and she would stop for a quick chat. A celeb can’t possibly read everything written about them, and do rely on publicists etc, maybe she mistook him for someone else.

  10. Mimi says:

    hmm. all sounds fishy to me. in recent Entertainment Weekly, she presented the air of one who doesn’t care what’s written on her. hmmm.

  11. Aud says:

    I’ve always heard she’s normally a doll to be around. There is probably more to the story then this guy is telling, or something that happened “off the record” to set her off. I doubt she’s going from friendly to stone at the drop of a hat because he did nothing.

  12. Giz says:

    If this is true, maybe Fox should offer her a job. She’d fit right in!

  13. Ryo says:

    I’ve heard a mix of stuff about her behavior and I hate Friedman, but honestly, I’d believe this. Julia has this image of a sweetheart but you hear all over that she’s far from it.

  14. Cowbell says:

    I think this is dead on. She was an uber bitch when she stayed at the Canyon Ranch here.

  15. Allie says:

    On a flight from London to LAX, I sat next to a Production assitant who had worked with Julia on a few films. She said Julia was not a very nice person, she was usually rude and snotty, very phony, so this news, doesn’t suprise me in the least.

  16. TJ says:

    She doesn’t have the looks anymore to back up her bitchy attitude. She can ride off into the sunset now please.

  17. Rio says:

    I never heard that she was considered a sweetheart.
    My first thought was what a drama queen. My second thought was she used to be pretty. What the F happened to her face?

  18. Zoe says:

    yes, I’ve heard she’s capable of some pretty bad behavior (of the ‘a low vera’ variety),
    but I’m with Alex on this, I think it had everything to do with FOX and what relentless misanthropes they are and her PR person was smart enough to not take on the entire network and called it ‘personal’.

    Also, his question: “would a gracious person do such a thing in public?” made me laugh. What? “Gracious” people usually wait until the person has turned their back and then stab away, right? For whatever her reason, as least she had the guts to be up front about it and *gasp* risk being called ‘ungracious.’ :)

  19. Baholicious says:

    Funny how Roberts is a c*unt of royal proportions, when brangelina can pull the same juvenile nonsense on the red carpet – or anywhere else – and you’re all throwing confetti.

    At least Julia has discernable feelings and is capable of emoting in real life. As a Southern gal (and a Scorpio) she’ll kill you to your face: at least she’s honest.

    My kind of woman.

  20. Sarah says:

    I seriously doubt this happened because she hates Fox News on principle. Some regular people might react that way to a Fox reporter because of their personal feelings, but a celebrity who’s promoting a movie? No doubt she really believed the writer had bashed her in the past and was ‘paying him back.’

    And even if you hate the company a person works for, you don’t get to act like a complete jerk to him or her because of it. Take the high road.

  21. Maritza says:

    She dresses like a frumpy housewife. She needs to learn never to be rude to reporters because these can ruin her career.

  22. debra says:

    What does Brad/Angie have to do with this post. I’m sick of them being brought into every situation no matter what. Stick to Julia.

  23. Whatever Baholicious says:

    How can you compare Brangelina and Julia at all? They are both totally different people. Not even a close

    Not wanting to talk to Gaycrest doesn’t make Brangelina horrible people, esp. since Gaycrest coldly slammed Angie for not answering his scintillating “what do you make for breakfast” question fast enough. At least, they CHOOSE not to engage in petty bs, if they can help it. They are NOT obligated to talk that annoying jackass just because he currently rules Hollywood.

    Julia, on the other hand, WENT AFTER the reporter, publically dissing him to his face. That’s a whole different ballgame. I agree with the previous poster–grow some manners, Julia. It’s all make-believe, anyways, so act nice and smile (the only thing you are good for). Who gives two shits what a FOx reporter says about your (lack of) “acting” anywho?

  24. Granger says:

    Julia Roberts became so famous so fast that I think she just got used to people telling her how wonderful she is from very early in her career; and ever since, she’s had no time for those who don’t fawn over her, and bow and scrape to her, and treat her like the queen of Hollywood. Plus, it doesn’t matter what terrible things you say about her, NOTHING is going to ruin her career now that she’s so established, and she damn well knows it. So why should she care how poorly she treats a critic from Fox News?

    I’ve seen Julia cut interviewers down on the red carpet before, with a withering look or a derisive “snort” at one of their questions, and you just know she’s thinking, “Who does this person think he is, asking ME, Julia Roberts, such a silly question?” Personally, I don’t care how famous or powerful you are, that’s just a fine display of really bad manners, and she needs to get a grip.

  25. Baholicious says:

    I am SO flattered someone called themselves ‘Whatever Baholicious.’

    You obviously don’t follow this site or the slant of threads. People that do will get what I’m saying, whether they agree or not, they recognize bias when they see it.

    This sandbox is getting a little crowded. Ciao for now.

  26. Jade says:

    Everyone is biased in their own way. What makes you think you are so much more objective, Baholicious?

  27. Betty B says:

    He forget to say ugly, a has-been, and not very classy. I could understand if it was Seacrest asking something stupid which has nothing to do with the movie you’re in, but this guy just tells the truth about your performances. Maybe Julia should just stay away from the red carpet.

  28. Betty B says:


  29. Zoe says:

    good point about Julia going after the reporter vs. trying to avoid him. yeah, we recognize bias when we see it, especially when it’s so blatent :) *ducks to avoid flying sand-poop*

  30. Baholicious says:

    Ahh, Jade. I never claimed to be objective, sometimes I am more than others. Topic is very important, for instance you’ll notice the more serious the topic, the more measured and objective what I have to say is.

    Sometimes too, it’s nice to be Devil’s Advocate. There’s nothing wrong with it and it provokes people into re-thinking their point of view. Whether that’s to reaffirm one’s beliefs or perhaps think ‘well now, maybe that’s not the case…’

    In any event, when I’m wrong or have been unduly harsh or a downright asshole with somebody, I admit it and I apologize.

    I’m only commenting on celebrities, it says nothing of my personality or character any more than your rebuttal says about you.

    I enjoy the engagement. Hopefully other people do too. I’m not here to make enemies and I hope that just because you may not like what I say or how I say it doesn’t mean I am out to offend anyone.


    :-) cheers.

  31. Zoe says:

    and dude, careful with the c-word, eh? Don’t get me wrong, I think it has its place, but I think it’s a bit angry for the sitch, no? Also, I don’t hear you screaming bloody murder about how Julia is a ‘man-stealing, home-wrecker’…
    and now with the ubiquitous ‘just sayin’ and all’s forgiven, right?

  32. CosVis says:

    A film/theatre critics job is to criticise not lick people’s arses, no? Even if he did say something “mean” and hurt poor Julia’s fragile little feelings, she needs to suck it up as part of her job and hopefully take something good from it…like improve her acting.
    I’m surprised by this, usually like her on screen. Meh. Guess it’s true about celebs having many faces, we only see what they want us to see at any given time.

  33. Baholicious says:

    Zoe: I don’t know if you’re addressing me, but the “c” word is one of the oldest in the English language. It’s not an ‘angry’ word. It’s an Old English noun (occasionally used as an adjective) that offends the modern ear. And feminists.

    And, why would I call her a homewrecker when she was engaged to and LEFT KIEFER SUTHERLAND FOR JASON PATRIC. She broke Kiefer’s heart.

    Then of course the cameraman, ah the “homewrecking” part:

    I don’t like homewreckers. I know one when I see one. My point was article bias, Zoe. The margins are getting a little narrow…

  34. drm says:

    Maybe Ms Roberts was just having a bad day?? We all have them, and maybe she just didn’t feel like playing nice…God knows I can be a C U Next Tuesday myself sometimes for what seems to be no apparent reason…its called ‘over forty and allowed!!!!!!!!!!” :)


  35. kaligula says:

    the bag of cheetos i just ate (snack size) has more talent than this overrated primadonna.

  36. Zoe says:

    “article bias?” why then, do you say “you’re all throwing confetti” ? Are you talking to Kaiser in the plural now?
    Ahhh, your comments are always so illuminating. Thanks for the life lessons. And the language lessons. And…the list just keeps growing. “We” can’t thank you enough!

    The N-word (no, I don’t need a lesson on the origins, thanks)is an old word, too, but it doesn’t make it a nice one when used in a derogatory way.

    And I suppose you meant the c-word in a nice, flattering way, right C*unt? ;)

  37. RaraAvis says:

    This story bores me.

  38. Aspen says:

    Well…I, for one, love Baho.

    Calling her a cunt on the internet makes your point…how, exactly?

    And, believe it or not, Julia being a total dick to a guy who works for Fox was probably totally unrelated to politics.

    People with lives don’t generally spend as much time angry and hateful as they do being useful.

    Whatever else Julia Roberts may or may not be…she has a life.

  39. Aspen says:

    and…Julia Roberts doesn’t read this site. If I’m wrong about that, then she has years of experience in reading impersonal articles and commentary about her celebrity.

    Calling her behavior what it is on a celebrity gossip board is quite different than talking to a person who you know, in fact, is going to read the hateful things you say.

    Shame on you…and grow the eff up.

  40. Aspen says:

    Okay, I will type slowly and clearly with nothing that could be construed as a bad word: I’m on Team Baho.

  41. Zoe says:

    ahh, c’mon Aspen, it wasn’t the use of the C word, as I said, it has its place.

    I just don’t get why EVERY post has to have some mention of Angelina Jolie or Jennifer Aniston in it.

    Or why, when people question its relevance or logic, they’re pissed on for bringing it up…

    to quote Baho: “You obviously don’t follow this site or the slant of threads. People that do will get what I’m saying, whether they agree or not, they recognize bias when they see it.”


    I’ll stick to my own team, thanks.

  42. frewt says:

    “you’re thinking, even if that were true, would a gracious person do such a thing in public? That’s something to consider.”

    No, but we know historically that Roberts is not a gracious woman. Any woman who would slate her love rival by denigrating her on a hand written t-shirt, knowing the press will be all over it, has zero graciousness.

    Yes folks, Roberts has always been a self-righteous, nasty bitch and this is just further evidence of that.

    Further, I’d bet my right arm that if she hasn’t screwed Clive Owen by now, she’s at least tried. Check out the premier pics of her making googoo eyes at him.

    Those shoes are fugly btw.

  43. Sauronsarmy says:

    Baholicious: I agree with you on all points.

  44. Feebee says:

    It’s not what he write, it’s what she thinks he wrote…

    Did he call her gracious? I don’t compute that with Ms Roberts, especially with her public campaign to steal her husband from his previous wife.

  45. Charlene says:

    I agree w/Debra. Why do you guys have to bring in Aniston/Brangelina into everything?? I just don’t get the logic. Can we stop being so obssessed with those people and let them die a slow media death. I, for one, can’t stand them and I am only hear to piss on Julia Roberts, thank you very much!

  46. Charlene says:

    Oops, which I forgot to do. Julia, people are tired of your horse-face antics. That routine worked in the 90s but we’ve moved on. Be gracious that people still care about you enough to criticize your acting! Otherwise, go away for good!

  47. Aspen says:

    You do indeed have a point, Zoe. The Angelina/Jennifer thing is rather all-encompassing. Ha ha ha. It’s kind of like the 7 Degrees of Kevin Bacon game.

  48. mike says:

    Friedman is an a**hole. I don’t know Julia Roberts. Maybe she is a drama queen and not very nice. And neither is this bozo Friedman, who is a hack as a reviewer and has a bloated ego to go along with his non-talent. He’s known to be nasty and catty himself, and I would not AT ALL be surprised if he is blowing this out of all proportions.

    In other words, being a drama queen that he accuses Roberts of. Maybe Roberts was a bit rude to him, but I’m more sure that this hack Friedman is blowing it out of all proportions so that he can catch that good free ole’ publicity off smearing Julia Roberts.

    Where are NAMED witnesses who’ll come out and corroborate this bozo? Since this took place in a very public place and if she snubbed him as badly as he claims, there must be someone, ANYONE who’ll come out and vouch for this douche.

    Really, the best this douche could come up with is an ANONYMOUS “top” agent who said that she said he wrote “bad things” about her??! OMG! What a terrible thing Julia said! What a slander! She said he wrote bad things about her! Oh yeah, that really, really must have hurt this douche’s feelings.

    Seriously. What a douchebag famewhore. (Friedman, not Julia, but if you want, Roberts too. I don’t care. Friedman is a famewhoring douche and Julia is just a douche.)

  49. Ursula says:

    She stole someone’s husband. such people are never nice.

    Roger Friedman is a nasty piece and deserves all the diss he gets.

  50. geronimo says:

    Odd place to play devil’s advocate, baho. Is the comparison supposed to be that they were both on a red carpet? Because, other than that, can see no parallels between this story and the other. Friedman is a rated critic, Seacrest is a clown, this diss centres on Roberts’ work as an actress, the other referred to a moronic Q re the J-P’s breakfast habits. Hardly like with like!

    Roberts comes across as petty and unprofessional here, particularly when she obviously failed to do her homework on what Friedman actually said about her. Thought she’d be more media savvy than this.

  51. pixiegirl says:

    Geez, I think it’s perfectly acceptable to draw parallels and similarities between celebrities. What’s the big deal? Angelina was rude to a reporter and so was Julia Roberts. Seems like a fair comparison to me. It’s also worth bringing up the fierce (and I mean fierce) love/hate of the Brangelina on this site (or any other site for that matter).

  52. geronimo says:

    Who said anything about not drawing parallels? I just don’t think it’s a valid one here, my opinion. And I don’t give a crap who the celebs in question are since I don’t ‘love’ any of them. My point’s not about them, it’s about this particular set of circumstances. And I don’t see a parallel. I’m sure Baho will understand where I’m coming from since I doubt very much she considers me to be a biased loon. (right, baho?!)

  53. Ursula says:

    Geronimo, there are so many parrallels. Both run off with married men, both were nasty and insensitive about it, both are rude and sanctimonious. I see so much in common between these two.

    Roger Friedman is not taken that seriously as a critic, he is a name dropper who runs personal feuds with stars even those he has never met.

  54. geronimo says:

    Oh for gawd’s sake!! Here! Parallels here! In this particular story!

    Never mind. I give up.

  55. mel says:

    Thanks Julia for giving Fox a taste of their own medicine.

  56. Sarah says:

    Mike, Friedman DOES name someone; Marcy Engelman, her publicist, who is quoted as saying: “She knows you broke the embargo on her play and wrote bad things about her.”

  57. Ursula says:

    Geronimo, yes Roberts should be more media savvy but like you said, she comes off Petty and unprofessional, so did Angelina when she snubbed RS not once but twice even when Pitt tried to be more polite and mature about the whole situation. Besides, aren’t both actresses keeping petty grudges? So Ryan is a douche and asked a stupid question, so what, why make a big deal out of it? No one told AJ to go walk the red carpet whilst her mother lay dying. How was Ryan to know? She is an actress, or so she thinks, let her act if she chooses to walk the red carpet. And let her move on, it happened almost 2 years past, why keep it running? If that is not petty and unprofessional, I wonder what is.

  58. pixiegirl says:

    Your opinion is that there are no parallels and mine is that there are (2 celebrities who ‘hate’ the spotlight, who focus on invasion of their privacy, both rude on the red carpet – sorry but I see a parallel). And why should we limit the parallels to this particular instance? Is that a rule or something? IMO (opinion), there is a reasonable reason to draw parallel. Why is this such an issue? Who cares?

  59. geronimo says:

    LOL! we do more disection here than a roomful of surgeons. To repeat what I said earlier – “I just don’t think it’s a valid one here, my opinion.” And my comment was to Baho. And it matters not one single solitary jot. And I’m done.

  60. boomchakaboom says:

    Well fer…how did this Julia Roberts tidbit turn into Angelina/Brad parallels and other mathematical equations? (is it “e” after “h” and before “m” or not?)

    Baho IS objective, and I always find a measure of solid reasoning in Baho’s posts. Thank you, Baho.

    Julia Roberts was in the spotlight waaaay before internet gossip sites sprang up everywhere, so it is entirely possible she’s not accustomed to the way each minute detail of her actions can be varoomed to the public in a nanosecond. She was, quite frankly, a Movie Star Queen – box office bonanaza every time. She’s always seemed a bit of a bitch to me, especially with the “a low vera” thing. THAT was just rude and ugly. Serve her right when her husband dumps her ass someday. I remember the Keifer Sutherland fiasco, and all I can say is Keifer, You Got Saved.

  61. pixiegirl says:

    What’s up with the ‘a low vera’ thing? This keeps being referenced and either I’m thick headed or I missed this entirely (I guess both are possible here).

  62. Sarah says:

    “What’s up with the ‘a low vera’ thing?”

    ]Julia wore a shirt several years back that said “A Low Vera” referring to her current husband’s then-wife, Vera, who was being slow about granting him a divorce, or something like that. Many people thought it was in poor taste, considering the fact that JR broke up this woman’s marriage and now was publicly dissing her via a T-shirt.

  63. boomchakaboom says:

    Pixiegirl: Vera is the name of Roberts’ husbands ex-wife. Julia got the hots for Moder and decided she would have him, but Vera had other ideas. She didn’t immediately go for a divorce and Julia had the poor taste to have a T-shirt with the slogan “A Low Vera” emblazoned on it and wore it a lot. It was tacky, to say the least. Moder was married and had kids and it seemed the least Julia could do was NOT launch a negative publicity campaign against the wife of the man she was after.

  64. bittrercup says:

    She is a typical high-school eduycated Hollywood lefty that goes bonkers anytime she hears FOX News.. What a twit.

    Even though it pained as the author to point out, Roger Friedman is a pretty good entertainment reporter and doesn’t take cheap shots.

  65. Sinead says:

    Exactly what Angelina does, and — I’m with Baholicious– some of you throw confetti:

    I’ve seen Julia cut interviewers down on the red carpet before, with a withering look or a derisive “snort” at one of their questions, and you just know she’s thinking, “Who does this person think he is, asking ME, Julia Roberts, such a silly question?” Personally, I don’t care how famous or powerful you are, that’s just a fine display of really bad manners, and she needs to get a grip.

    It is NEVER okay to be snotty and act above answering questions. ESPECIALLY on a red carpet when you know what you are getting into. I don’t care if it’s Angelina, Julia, or the freakin’ Pope — it makes that person look mean, petty and snobby.

  66. Kaiser says:

    FFS, I’m with Geronimo… when Angelina got pissed at Seacrest, you know what she did? She ignored him. As is her right – no star (& no person) has to talk to someone they don’t want to speak to. She didn’t get up in Seacrest’s face and act nasty. Even when Seacrest tried to get up in her face, she just ignored him. I believe Angelina simply thinks Seacrest is a douchebag (I happen to agree) and doesn’t want anything to do with him.

    What Julia did by getting in this guy’s face and acting nasty was rude. The fact that she was trying to call him out on something he didn’t even do was nasty and stupid.

    And as far as the whole “They’re both ZOMG Homewreckers!!!” stuff… whatever. I didn’t see Angelina wearing “A Low Down Aniston” t-shirt.

  67. morgs says:

    Baho has it right, she acted like C*nty McC*nterson.

  68. Angel says:

    Here, here Kaiser, I agree. I don’t think ignoring someone rude is the SAME as intentionally DISSING someone to their face in public. It’s her right to not talk to someone who has said mean things about her when her mother was passing, and she was only there to support Pitt, anyway. As my mother says, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
    Unfortunately, some people just want to cut Angie down and make up any sort of
    reason to do so, even when the situation doesn’t apply.

  69. Angel says:

    Ooops, isn’t the SAME. Sorry.

  70. geronimo says:

    Thanks, kaiser. I was on the point of thinking I was speaking in a language that only I could understand….

  71. Mark says:

    I could care less about Julia Roberts but Fox News isn’t exactly a reliable or credible news source for anything.

  72. RAN says:

    Geez… I see what happens when I arrive late to the party. My girl Baho gets the brunt of the beating. Aspen, thanks for stepping in – your comments were dead on.

    I see Baho’s much vaunted “parallels” clearly. It’s always something – some line of defense to excuse one person’s behavior, but attack another for the same behavior. Either way, rude is rude – it’s really very simple.

    Can’t stand Julia and I can totally see her acting like a b1tch. She’s a jerk of the lowest nature. Ironically, I’m a firm believer in ‘what goes around, comes around” but the individuals in question (on this thread) seem to come out smelling like roses all the time. Perhaps I should rethink my beliefs :)

  73. Ridiculous argument says:

    I agree KAISER!!! So, Angelina should be forced to speak to nasty people???? Yeah, that’s brilliant logic. Seacrest is a doucherocket, she’s doing him a favor, since he makes an asss out of himself whenever he opens his mouth.
    “What do you eat for breakfast???”
    That something a 12 yr. old wouldn’t ask, much LESS a celeb journalist.

  74. karen says:

    I disagree w/everyone here. Celebs are human. Are they required to fall at everyone’s feet? That would be so FAKE. I much rather they not say anything (the polite thing to do) then get into petty squabbles. Since when does Seacrest own Hollywood and the red carpet, anyways? As for Julia, she STILL earns my respect for NOT pretending, unlike 99.9% of the fake biaatchs out there.

  75. czarina says:

    Well, there might be parallels between AJ and JR, but there are big differences in these scenarios:
    1. Roger Friedman (while possibly being disliked by many) is still a respected critic.
    Ryan Seacrest is a piece of entertainment fluff who may be amusing but is not taken seriously by anybody.
    2. AJ and Pitt are savy enough to know whom they can snub and whom they can’t. However arrogant and snotty some people consider AJ and Pitt to be, they are very aware of what they do publicly.
    Julia Roberts (whom, I admit, I have never liked), is too self-involved to recognize how she comes across to the world. She lives mainly for herself and her interests (made clear by the Vera T-shirt) and is incabable of real professional behaviour.
    I think she should go back to Danny and the kids and stop wasting everyone’s time.

  76. stewie says:

    Roberts still thinks she’s the twenty-something cutie with the automatic audience. I saw three different interviews with her, supposedly about this movie, and she seems only to want to talk about George Clooney. I don’t get it.

  77. Reece says:

    Last year she actually stayed in the hotel room next to mine in Chicago. We were both waiting for the elevator and I did not even recognize her until we got in the elevator and I heard her talking behind me. She was wearing sunglasses inside, had someone else holding her purse, gave me a NASTY look, and looked completely offended that I didn’t recognize her. Her conversation with her mom and others with her in the elevator was so shallow and pathetic. PLUS she was on her way to the Oprah show for an episode on how to be green yet she hopped into a giant suburban with her guard while having the rest of her group get into another suburban. Too bad cause I thought she was nice. So I completely believe the journalist, I dealt with the same thing.

  78. demsarefascists says:

    Yeah, menopause will do that to you.

  79. Kiwi says:

    Ahahahahaha! Go Julia! If I were famous and somebody from FOX news tried to talk to me I’d probably punch them in the face – I think she was very restrained. FOX news is joke, good on her for being intelligent enough to ignore them and their BS.

  80. Anonymus says:

    On this occasion or another I have to defend Julia and too even though she is not a saint of my devotion. What happens is that we’re all crazy? She has done what I would have done if a person speaks ill of me, because above that, journalists believe that the very fact that journalists can say and speak what they please without caring a damn what that person and all the people around them to feel bad. Julia is a mother, have parents, siblings, friends and family in general who want it and I do not read them by grace, according to comments. So where will we get? This journalism scavenger must end or it will not be long before you start having serious problems. They are all obviously, but because the rest of a group will suffer a lot, because it came a time when things explode so that any reporter may interview any famous for fear …… And this is people who already has worked at the world of journalism and many of them are doing great harm, especially to future journalists, who come out of college with illusion, I do not think they enjoy it out and see them is closing the door on all sides and they are going to achieve.

  81. Nan says:

    Had 2 unexpected brushes w/ her around Santa Fe years ago and I will frankly say, she definitely did NOT strike me as a nice person in the slightest. Out of all of the celebrities I saw, met or dealt with there, she stands alone in that regard.