Jonah Hill insulted by French talk show panelist who implies he’s not worthy


Jonah Hill was on a French talk show with Miles Teller promoting their film, War Dogs. The show was of course conducted in French with Jonah and Miles getting translations through earpieces. One of the talk show hosts, a woman named Ornella Fleury, put Jonah on the spot by going into a long and awkward spiel about how she wanted to have sex with him, ever since seeing him get sodomized by a demon on This is The End. It was inappropriate to say the least and Jonah was understandably grimacing throughout the whole story, up until the end which was a huge insult. The panelist told Jonah that she wanted to get him in a hotel but really that her fantasy ended with Jonah leaving her to get with Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt at the same time. It was pretty awful and he responded “I’m glad I came on this show to get ridiculed by your local weather girl.” You can see the video above and here’s some of what was said. Fleury offered a half-hearted explanation later by saying that she considered Jonah a friend because she’d seen all his movies, but then she somehow turned it into self promotion and sounded like even more of an a-hole.

The Wolf of Wall Street actor was appearing on Le Grand Journal on Friday, September 10, when the gorgeous wannabe comedian began roasting him by alluding to his lack of sex appeal, which didn’t go down well with Hill.

“It’s when I saw you get sodomized by a 3-meter-tall demon in This Is the End that I told myself, ‘Now that’s the man of my dreams!’” she said.

Hill, 32, who was on the show to promote his new movie, War Dogs, quipped: “And you? I hear you get sodomized pretty often.”

Fleury wasn’t deterred by his comment, and continued: “Anyway, that’s why I have a sexual fantasy with you, Jonah.”

The audience began to laugh, and she added: “All I said is ‘sexual fantasy,’ and you guys laugh. Guess I don’t need to finish the joke.”

But she carried on anyway, and that’s when it got ugly.

“My sexual fantasy would be that we’d meet up in a hotel room at night. We would chat, you’d make me laugh; you’d make me laugh a lot,” she said. “And then all of a sudden, you’d bring your friends [Leonardo] DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, and then you’d go away.”

Hill gave a weak thumbs-up but then tried to firmly put Fleury in her place.

“I’m glad I came to this show to get ridiculed by a local weather girl — it’s nice.”

It was then reported by numerous outlets that he canceled all of his French press for the upcoming movie.

Fleury has since apologized for her joke, making an on-camera statement on Monday, September 14.

“Jonah, the problem is that for 10 years I have lived with you through your films. In fact, Jonah, I really had the impression that I knew you, so last Friday I thought I was just messing around with a friend, but the reality is that we are not friends.”

“No, the reality is that you have two Oscar nominations and I have two videos on my YouTube account. You have made films with [Martin] Scorsese and [Quentin] Tarantino and me, I have made an advert for Spontex,” a company that specializes in making cleaning products.

[From US Magazine]

He didn’t have to say that part about how he heard she gets sodomized often, but it got even worse after that, and can you imagine that same scene with the genders reversed? “Oh I got so turned on by seeing you get raped on film. I have this fantasy about you but really I want to sleep with your friends.” Haha that’s so funny because no one wants to have sex with you, you’re not even worth sexually harassing. Then, instead of apologizing later she tried to make yet another asinine joke. I wonder if that initial joke was vetted at all or if she just made it up and blurted it out without telling anyone. US Magazine reports that Jonah canceled all his interviews in France following that debacle but The NY Daily News says that he did do additional press at the Deauville Film Festival. It’s got to suck to sit for all those interviews but to be insulted like that is something else.

These two look kind of over it now that they’re doing promotion in Europe, right?
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  1. jeanpierre says:

    National shame.
    The whole miss météo thing was already a shame. But This Is Just low.

    • Mimz, says:

      Classic case of bullying. Just by being there they/she saw a target to make crude jokes at and get some laughs, make some headlines and get the audience laughing. I am no fan of Jonah, he irritates me in movies, but I can imagine myself, a fat girl, having a meltdown after this.
      How was he supposed to show up to the other interviews, where they would bring this awful encounter over and over again? Being on the spotlight (and I don’t care if he’s a white privileged man.) as a big guy who mostly plays jerks who always end up being ridiculed in movies, must be horrible. To me even when I see candid photos of him, he just seems miserable. I think his off-putting vibe is a defense mechanism. Yes, some people become jerks to defend themselves against other people. Not ideal, but … there aren’t many choices.

      Being fat and the guy people “poke fun at” aka make gross jokes for some laughs at any given moment/place, is horrible. You just become like a pet people can use to entertain people.
      I don’t take that kind of crap nowadays as an 30 year old woman, but I’m not a celebrity. This would crush me. I would have probably bitched at her, got up and told her to f**k off.

      This is the kind of comments/jokes/attitudes that make and keep people depressed.

    • qwerty says:

      Yep. This is the kind of joke you could direct at Brad Pitt with the punchline being that you prefer George Clooney. Or Angelina Jolie and, I don’t know, some other out-of-this-world beautiful woman. Not someone who weighs significantly more. Imagine if a man said this joke on air to Melisa McCarthy with the punchline being a hook up with her friend Jennifer Lopez (or someone, whatever). Ouch.
      I’m not fat or ugly myself but this would probably be unpleasant for me anyway. You just don’t go there unless the person the joke is directed at is obviously, undeniably considered HOT AS F@@K by the entire universe.

      I feel for the guy, his weight has obviously been a struggle for him most of his life. I hope one day he figures it out but he’d have to stop going to dietitians (only) and seek out a *good* therapist as well. Food is a form of escapism and if you wanna end it, you need to do some work to address the issues that lie deeper inside you. A crash diet and 3hrs of gym won’t solve it, not long-term anyway.

  2. Birdix says:

    Gross all around. She was ridiculous and her jokes were stupid and unkind. But the ease with which he dismissed her as a nothing and the tossing back of the sodomy joke to her — he knows he has the power in this dynamic, even if she’s coming at him.

    • MCraw says:

      Idk how you made him the bad guy, but okay.

      Y’all act like a man can never say anything to a woman who has crossed a line. He’s a comedian, he tried to balance it out with the level of “humor” she set in the first place.

      Sizism, sexism and whatever ism one can make up would be used if it were reversed. She is not some weak everyday woman when she has the power of the media to put someone down like that. We shouldn’t accept terrible behavior because a woman is doing it.

  3. QueenB says:

    “can you imagine that same scene with the genders reversed?” thats a false equivalence. women and men are not equal in this society so it can never be compared. women face immense pressure to look good, men can look however they want to look like. a woman looking like Jonah would never get a job in Hollywood so its fine to point out his looks. let him cry his maletears and cancel some interviews. i certainly dont feel bad for him. sooo hard to be a white man…

    • ronaldinhio says:

      This.
      I think he was fine with it when he felt he could make her look small and remain in control. When he realised his narrative was lost; he was
      I think she hit some very raw nerves re his attractiveness to some in comparison to other actors.
      She was inappropriate IMO but I do think familiarity ( even via a screen ) can breed contempt

    • juice says:

      yeah, no, it’s not fine to point out his looks. it makes you a d*ck and a nasty person. it doesn’t matter what gender either of them are.

      • Lou says:

        Stupid, stupid, nasty woman. To make fun of somebody’s physical appearance is disqualifying in the first place and the tone of the interview was so weird and untoward! Anyway, he looks well. He seems to have lost weight. And he is a superb, superb actor.

    • Celebitchy says:

      I agree that it’s a false equivalence and am saying that it would be even less acceptable if the genders were reversed. I thought that was clear.

    • jinni says:

      Does it really cost that much to see that what just happened between these two human beings was wrong and that despite his gender, being made fun of because his weight is messed up?

      I know white men are super privileged, but damn he didn’t even do anything to instigate that behavior from her.

      Also, have you never heard of Melissa McCarthy or Gabourey Sidibe. Two big in both size and career actresses so what is this talk about women that are built like him never being able to have such careers.

      OT: So much for paying a compliment.

      • Six of Nine says:

        Well, in all fairness it is difficult for either sex to have an acting career when you are not pin-thin. It applies to both men and women. Women are probably scrutinised harder with regard to their weight. Most actors and most actresses are thinner than the average person. Having an acting career is more difficult the higher the BMI.
        Getting humilitated for your weight is just petty and discriminating especially as an actor / an actress should be asked about his / her movie and craft and the issues which are depicted in the movie and such. But instead sometimes they get picked on because of their weight or because of their clothes etc.

        Yes, that journalist was petty and mean and actually her questions or “jokes” were disgustingly stupid. She displays an absolute disregard for her job and for the audience and for Mr. Hill’s dignity as a person.
        Personally I wouldn’t want to know the sexual dreams and aspirations of such a journo. But I do want to know about Hill’s movie which is about questionable arms trades in crisis areas and which is a very very contemporary problem that needs to be discussed more frequently in public. Instad that journo describes her aspirations for her sex life.

    • greenmonster says:

      I agree partly. A woman who looks like Jonah would get parts in Hollywood, but they wouldn’t have the same quality. Bigger women have the fun parts, they are often the silly ones. Since I don’t care about Jonah at all (to be honest I can’t stand him), I guess he had those parts as well, but he also has more dramatic roles.

      When it comes to this interview… meh. It was downright stupid and probably rude (my dislike for him clouds my judgement, to be honest). BUT her saying she was turned on watching him getting sodomized by a DEMON is not the same thing as him asking if she get’s sodomized often. I haven’t seen the movie, so I have no idea what it looks like, but we are talking about a fictional MADE UP creature (the demon, not JH). Haven’t people made fun about Leonardo Dicaprio because of the bear scene in The Revenant and if he bad been raped or not? If Leonardo would have responded “Have you been raped lately?” it would have been just as wrong.
      The woman was out of line but so was Jonah. He could have easily said something like “Lady, you have some sick fantasies” or anything like that.

    • CorruptLobbyist says:

      Queenb-this has nothing to do with white male privilege and everything to do with common decency.

    • Personally, I think it’s just rude treat anyone unkindly, including white men.

    • Tobbs says:

      Sexual harrasment is not something that happens exclusively towards women. I’m not really a fan of this line of reasoning under the cloak of feminism. Of course woman and men are not equal in today’s society, but one cannot dismiss every problems a white man has because of that. Of course you can point out the extreme disparity between the plight of woman today versus the plight of a white man, that does not mean that a white man cannot have problems or voice his concerns. I’ve seen a huge double standard when it comes to sexual harrasment towards men from women that I know. At my last job the boss was really inappropriate to a guy that was happily married and flirted with him openly daily. It was clear that he was very uncomfertable with it, but everybody at the office just laughed it off since he was a guy and she was a woman. But the truth was that this was a boss that ignored the rejection she got from a married employee and kept making unwanted advances in the workplace. And no, please to not confuse this with support for the so called “mens rights movement”. I just feel like it’s statements like this that unnecessarily alienates people who might otherwise have been open to learn about feminism.

    • Malificent says:

      Being white and male gives you relatively more, and in most cases significantly more, privilege in most cultures. However, white males are not some unfaceted monolith of excessive entitlement. There are a lot of factors like socio-economics, appearance, and ableness that affect how a person is perceived and valued.

      Your implication that Jonas somehow deserved to be insulted in front of an audience because he happens to be a white male is lost on me. Just plain looks like somebody once again poking fun at the Fat Boy. No social justice there. Just unkindness.

    • Jenn says:

      An asshole is an asshole, no matter the color of their skin.

  4. juice says:

    if you’re going to roast someone, at least be funny about it.

    • Josefina says:

      Yeah. I see this brand of humor, insulting for the sake of insulting, very often. It’s nauseating.

    • anna says:

      i think it was funny, especially the self-deprecating apology with her two youtube videos. but then i’m not especially fond of jonah hill so my empathy is extremely limited where he’s concerned.

  5. Sixer says:

    Eek. Huge cringes all round.

    Is her apology saying that she is a fan and she went off on some unhinged fan-stream-of-consciousness that felt funny at the time but now she’s dying of shame over? Because it kinda reminds me of a filthy, smutty version of some of the equally unhinged romantic speeches I’ve seen addressed to internet boyfriends at publicity Q&As.

    • Lyka says:

      You’ve seen people TELL celebs their romantic fantasies in PUBLIC Q&As?? I would literally – LITERALLY I TELL YOU – melt into the earth from second-hand embarrassment.

      • Sixer says:

        I haven’t been at any or anything like that! But there have been videos of them posted on here and elsewhere, you know? And you always get the slightly entitled, madly in lurve fan who goes on and on and on with a question that basically incorporates all their romantic fantasies about the object of affection.

        And yes, they also make me die of second-hand embarrassment!

        This just kinda sounded like a raunchy version of one of those to me. Y’know?

      • Lyka says:

        Hahaha, oh man. I know the ones! The epitome of fremdschamen.

      • Sixer says:

        That’s a word I only learned on here last week, but it really, really is the epitome of it!

      • Norman Bates' Mother says:

        Those people have no shame. I almost died from second hand embarrassment while watching The Walking Dead panel from one of the previous Comic-Cons (I think?) during which one woman told Andrew Lincoln that she knew where he lived and that she liked walking near his home and dreaming of being with him and another one basically offered sexual favours to Norman Reedus. Neither of them knew how to react and it looked like Lincoln considered a restraining order. Not to mention that one woman who bit Reedus in the chest. So many crazies out there.

        Imagine the reaction if one of you CB ladies just went and told one of your internet boyfriends all about the veranda stories, Thornfield and shanking.

  6. Ji-yun says:

    He always seems kind of melancholy underneath that bro-ish bluster.

  7. Lala says:

    It was just lame and uncalled for. Plus I find him super delicious Idk why but haaaay Jonah

  8. Abby says:

    urg so awkward. I couldn’t even get through the interview!

  9. nenou says:

    I think he overeacted when he cancels all the other interviews though .Ornella is not a journalist just a comedian and real journalists didn’t get to do their jobs. He should have manned up and stay professional

    • Ji-Yun says:

      Perhaps. But if he’s as insecure and thin skinned as others say this incident might have put him in an even spikier and more soured mood than normal and any interviews would have been PR nightmares.

      The people in charge of this movie’s publicity probably canned his French promo to save themselves any prickly snap backs. Now the worse that can happen is that people think he’s a bit of a drama queen (no bad thing, I suppose, as he is an actor) or, best case scenario, they feel sorry for him.

    • sunny says:

      Nobody owes politeness and consideration to someone insulting them.

      • Em' says:

        But Sunny, none of the journalists who saw their interview canceled and could not do their jobs (which, by the way is to promote the movie JH is selling) had insulted him.
        He IS unprofessional. He had professional engagements. If my monday morning meeting does not go well, I don’t get to cancel the rest of my meetings for the week.
        It was hurtful and unfunny but let’s not forget who hold the power in this situation : JH does, the journalist does not.
        He has a habit of acting this way.
        But as other have said, I have such contempt for him that I might not be objective.

  10. Beesknees says:

    I work in the industry and had to work with Jonah once. Being a fan of his films and characters I assumed he would be similar, friendly, etc. just…NO. He is self important and intense and had a handler whose main job seemed to be to keep him calm and happy. He was insecure and had a big ego about him that put a lot of people around him on edge.

    • He comes across that way to me too.

    • Aren says:

      What a shame. I don’t think he’s funny, but he could’ve at least been likeable.

    • Elisa the I. says:

      Ha, that doesn’t surprise me at all!

    • Wren33 says:

      It just seems like he has a lot of anger and insecurity from years of being the unattractive fat guy. Sometimes people who blossom or find success late maintain a level of humility that makes them more likable, but oftentimes power+bitterness combines to make someone an asshole to those they can now push around.

    • I Choose Me says:

      Insecurity and ego trips often go hand in hand. So nope not surprised but yikes that interviewer comedienne or whatever was way out of line. As to him insulting her back, sometimes your first instinct when you’ve been insulted out of nowhere is to give back as good as you get. I don’t blame him.

  11. als says:

    This girl is just reveling in the attention and narcissism.

    If you watch the video, she displays no disdain, love, admiration or any sort of connection with Hill, she just drops her ‘jokes’ and enjoys the applause, Hill is there just for the ride.
    Her reaction after the Pitt and DiCaprio ‘joke’ is the most telling, she is really loving everything, is laughing and enjoying herself.
    It’s good Hill answered back but what can you say to someone that doesn’t listen or pays attention? I don’t think she was offended by what Hill said, she was too busy being the star of her own universe.

    • Aren says:

      Yes, she seemed oblivious of how bad things were going with Jonah. It probably was hilarious in her head, and carried on anyway.
      Also, I agree that she didn’t came across as a Jonah fan.

  12. La Montagne says:

    As a French I just want to apologize. Le Grand Journal used to be fun and smart, and the weather girl used to be fun and didn’t need to humiliate a guest to make the audience laugh. The talk show has been going downhill for a couple of years now.
    She’s received quite the backlash here too, it didn’t go unnoticed.

    • jeanpierre says:

      I don’t like the weather girl thing, even if some of them were good. It’s dated and sexist. I like Barthes new concept where a clueless member of the publiic does the weather. Funny and refreshing.

      • Locke Lamora says:

        Do you have to have any kind of qualification to do the weather on TV? Here you have to be a metheorologist. Our most famous weather girl is a 50y old guy with a PhD in physics.

      • Aren says:

        @Locke, that’s awesome. The weather person in my country used to be a retired pilot, then weather girls became popular and he got fired.

      • La Montagne says:

        Jean Pierre: me too, I said goodbye to Canal and followed Barthes to his new home channel. Choosing a random person from the audience every night is a smart concept, and you’re at least sure they’re not going to mess up as badly as Fleury. Loved miss weather when it was Louise Bourgoin, she had sass and wits. When they gave her the literary chronicles, it’s like they were surprised she could even read. Loved how she put them in their place.

  13. lucy2 says:

    Fleury was wholly inappropriate and rude.

    Side note: This might be the least appealing movie I’ve ever seen ads for – Jonah Hill? Big no. Miles Teller? Big no. Movie about guys profiting from war? No thanks.

    Funnily enough, I just saw the original stars were Jesse Eisenberg and Shia LaBeouf – 2 more actors I can’t stand.

    • Josefina says:

      ARE YOU F-KING KIDDING ME?!

      After Jonah and Miles, those would be my 3rd and 4th most hated working actors. I don’t even need to watch this movie to call it the worst of the year.

  14. Ima says:

    They are both douchebags. I don’t think I could make it through this movie.

  15. Josefina says:

    I loathe this guy, but I also hate this type of humor where people are vile and rude for the sake of it. It’s only starting to become more acceptable in TV, but it’s become soooooo common on social media. Insult comedy requieres colossal wit that very few people have. If you’re not one of those few, don’t try it. You’ll just look like a massive douche.

    I just don’t understand why people are so sadistic and hateful. How they can make a hobby out of offending people and making them feel bad. This is an awful trait. I don’t see how the gender reversal makes it acceptable. It’d be much worse the other way round. It’s bad enough this way.

    That being said, you’d have to buy me a new house to consider watching this movie. I think those 2 are literally my least favorite people in the acting industry right now. Is there an antonym for charisma? (non-native speaker here). Well, these guys are dripping with it. They positively make me angry when I watch them.

  16. AlleyCat says:

    I think her joke was rude and inappropriate. I don’t ever find it funny to comment on someone’s looks.

    That said, “put her in her place”? Ugh, that’s gross too. He had s right to respond, but I don’t like the way he did it. Yes, you’re so much more famous and successful than this “weather girl”, Jonah. Ick.

  17. ReineDidon says:

    In France that kind of ‘humour’ is normal. Everyone from actors to politicians take their fair share of dark humour. Especially on Le Grand Journal. It is that kind of fun and cynisme that made Canal+ (the channel) popular and has its own caracteristic style. On ‘Les guignols de l’info’ politicians and comedians are made fun of on a weekly basis. It is “acid humour” but it’s humour nonetheless and accepted in France.

    I think the joke got lost in translation …

    • jeanpierre says:

      Mmm, non. This was not “normal french humour” but plain rudeness.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      I think she was rude and out of line. But, and I’m fully aware this makes me a bad person, I quite like when Hollywood actors go on French or Spanish talks shows and expect to be swooned over because they’re from Hollywood and they’re used to it in the States only to end up being the but of the joke. It’s kinda refreshing.

    • Aren says:

      “acid humour” exists everywhere, but this wasn’t humour, it was just a vile attack.

    • freebunny says:

      I agree if Jonah Hill was not an hollywood actor, no one would have cared.
      But, he’s not used to be pushed like that.

    • Jane.fr says:

      While it was rude and gross, it is true that making fun of someone is “accepted and usual behaviour” in some supposed-to-be-funny parts. It is not an interview, but a satirical show. She was not nice and over the board, but Le grand journal always is. It tries to be edgy and always strives to be controversial (Think Howard Stern ??) The guests are supposed to take the “joke” and answer/slam back with humour and wits. I’d described it as a sarcasm battle (which, by the way, he lost)

      As I said, it was rude. Le grand journal is well known for it, and he should not have booked it /or have been better prepared.

  18. Tiffany says:

    You made me feel bad for Jonah Hill, Ornella. I want you to sit in a corner and think about what you did.

  19. All I can think is dude probably has major self conscious issues considering his public struggle with his weight and that the jokes thrown at him would be front page shock if he were a bigger woman.

    “I have a sexual fantasy where two hot women come in and then you leave”

    Ugh. The whole thing was gross.

    • Michelina says:

      Totally agree with you. I also think you’re spot on about Jonah having self esteem issues. There were pictures of him on the beach with Leo DiCaprio and Jonah kept his t-shirt on to go into the water and Leo kept his on too, I guess as a showing of support. I know they both catch a lot of heat for being douchebags although I personally don’t agree, but I thought it was sweet.

      This was gross and uncalled for!

    • I Choose Me says:

      Couldn’t agree more.

  20. mememe says:

    As a French person, I feel ashamed.
    Sorry Jonah Hill, on the behalf of the non-stupid part of French people :/

  21. Melody says:

    Can’t stand him, but no one deserves that. He should keep the beard – it hides his jaw brings out his eyes. He has nice eyes.

  22. Lily says:

    I’m French and I love dark humour but this was not funny, it was just cringing and rude. And I don’t even like Jonah.
    It has to be noted that a few days before the Jonah incident, Ornella Fleury made a joke about Brigitte, her transgender colleague, and it went wrong – the CSA (I think the US counterpart is the FCC) has even been put on the case.

  23. freebunny says:

    I have no envy to defend Canal Bolloré, but if the same chronique had been made about a french actor, no one would have react.
    The Miss Météo thing is awkward since years and unfunny since years, but people only react cause it’s about Jonah Hill.
    If it was laurent Ournac (a fat french actor), people would have just laugh and forget.

  24. Brasileira says:

    Well…. he’s not!

  25. penelope says:

    In interviews Jonah comes across as intelligent but insecure. He’s a big believer in therapy (“I owe it to those around me”) and seems fraught with anxiety about his looks, career, and general place in life. This must have upset him an awful lot.

    It was mean-spirited and completely unfunny as well. Even Miles Teller looks taken aback when she starts getting to the really nasty stuff.

  26. lile says:

    I thought she was a complete a hole and JH was right to give it right back to her. She did her very best to publicly humiliate him. There was NOTHING funny about her. Mean girls don’t only pick on other girls, they think they are better than EVERYONE.

  27. Beau Kitty says:

    Bless his heart. What a horrible way he was treated. Doesn’t matter his occupation, race, gender, weight or socioeconomic status. Being unkind isn’t cool. I’m embarrassed for him.

  28. TyrantDestroyed says:

    I don’t feel sorry for any of them. The woman was beyond stupid and aggressive and he seems to be a douche frat boy.

  29. Luna says:

    Le Grand Journal is struggling to get good ratings for several seasons. They’ve changed the host (a couple of times) and the panelists.

    The miss meteo is there just for the laughs, my guess is that they told her to be bold and create controversy. She was already on every media after some awful jokes concerning the transgender panelist on the show.

  30. Marianne says:

    I don’t really like Jonah, but I would be pissed if I were him too. Its not really cool to make fun of his looks/lack of sexual appeal.

  31. Amanda DG says:

    That was so awkward, unfunny and rude.

  32. Yehso says:

    He didnt deserve that. And those who don’t like him, doesn’t make it OK to be treated that way. Besides, how well do you know him anyway? Such silly comments on here.
    Let him cancel what he wants. If reporters don’t get to work because of it, then they’ll have to get over it. I would have done the same. Stupid weather girl.