Jamie Foxx walks off Sportscenter interview after question about Katie Holmes

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So, Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes are dating. It’s safe to assume we all know this, despite their best efforts to keep everything on the down-low. When an ESPN reporter attempted to get some intel on the pairing from Jamie over the weekend, he got completely shut down.

Jamie, who was taking part in a celebrity basketball game on Friday as part of the NBA All-Star weekend festivities, sat down for an interview on SportsCenter to talk about the game. Anchor Michael Smith seemed to want to know more about Jamie’s off-the-court game. Michael referred to photos taken of Jamie and Katie spending part of their Valentine’s Day together engaged in shooting some hoops, stating “I know you prepared [for the game] because I saw pictures.” He then asked, “Did you and Katie Holmes play basketball for Valentine’s Day? Like some real Love and Basketball?” That’s kind of a skeevy, unprofessional question, right? Apparently, Jamie thought so too. He visibly rolled his eyes and then wordlessly removed his headphones and microphone and walked away. Handled like a champ, if you ask me.

The game was a celeb-packed event. Jamie played for Team Clippers, along with rapper Quavo, Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arcade Fire singer Win Butler, Black-ish‘s Miles Brown and OITNB‘s Dascha Polanco,. Common was one of their coaches. Jamie’s team was pitted against Team Lakers, which included Justin Bieber, Nick Cannon, Stranger Things‘ Caleb McLaughlin, and Property Brothers star Drew Scott. Black Panther’s Michael B. Jordan coached. Jaime’s team won 75-66.

E! News reported that Jaime’s daughter was among the fans who helped cheer the team to victory. According to an attendee, “He was stoked about playing and really pumped. Jamie got switched out and he came over to the crowd and jumped up on a chair and made the crowd start chanting ‘Jamie!’” And on Saturday, Jamie continued celebrating the weekend, taking part in an impromptu three-point shootout with NBA star Byron Scott, that he handily won.

As I’ve said before, what Jamie and Katie are up to is their own business. If they want to shout their love from the rooftops, more power to them. If they want to keep thing to themselves, that is their right. I think the ESPN anchor was out of line by asking about the relationship when the focus was on basketball, as most basketball fans couldn’t care less about Jamie’s love life. I am glad Jamie’s team beat the Biebs too!

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  1. Sunglasses Aready says:

    Dude, man up. Is she your lady or not?

    • paranormalgirl says:

      Why should he “man up?” It’s no one’s business.

    • V4Real says:

      Why should he? Jamie has never been one for talking about his personal relationships. Why should he start now? How often did he speak of the mother’s of his two daughters. His private life is his private life, period.

    • KicktheSticks says:

      He did man up clearly and protected her and their relationship. There’s nothing more ‘manly’ than that. Protection.

      • Sojaschnitzel says:

        While I very much refuse the termin “man up” and I do not think that your answer is okay from a feminist point of view, I think it is a very sweet answer and it makes my heart warm, so: aawwww :)

    • Snowflake says:

      No no no, you have it all wrong! If she was just some woman he was banging, he would laugh it off. That he walked off shows he cares so much about her, he wants her privacy protected! This means they are serious! Yes yes yes. Besides my husband and I get flack sometimes for being in mixed relationship, multiply that by a million for them. Go on DM comments, you will see he only dates white women, etc etc. Go Jamie! I wouldn’t be surprised if they elope

    • Ange says:

      Maybe SHE’S the one who doesn’t want it talked about, think about that?

  2. ilove6kies says:

    Good on Jamie. He shouldn’t have to answer to his personal life if he doesn’t want to. He handled it with class imo.

  3. littlemissnaughty says:

    I hate the hypocritical celebs who get huffy when asked about their personal lives after posting their babies on IG or whatever. But this is not that. These two made is abundantly clear that this isn’t up for discussion. There are barely any pics of them together, that takes some effort. What did this moron think would happen?

  4. Red says:

    How is walking out handling it like a pro? Just say no comment or something similar, so the interviewer looks like a jerk and not Jaime. I think walking out of an interview just because of a single question about a relationship is classless. People want to know about it. Doesn’t mean he has to answer, but he has to know people will ask about it.

    • V4Real says:

      Because he has every right to walk away from an uncomfortable situation. Maybe he knows his temperament and it was best for him to walk away.

    • Swack says:

      It also shuts down the interviewer continuing the same line of questions until he either gets an answer or a bad reaction from Jaime. Good for Jaime for totally shutting it down. As I tell my grandchildren – nunya- nunya business.

    • velourazure says:

      The interviewer did look like a jerk. No one has to sit there and answer intrusive questions.

  5. Sherry says:

    I love them together so much. That photo where she’s looking at him is everything. I hope they’re happy and if they want to keep whatever they have going private, then people should respect that.

  6. PPP says:

    OK, here’s my suspicion. I bet these guys have it written in when they agree to do an interview that they aren’t to be asked about their relationship. As for why, I am SURE Katie Holmes does not want to deal with another big old public relationship. I mean, this is the first time we’ve seen either of them even asked about it. So I suspect he walked off because the contract was broken, as is his right.

    • WTW says:

      There is no “contract” before one interviews a celebrity. A publicist can say, “Please don’t ask my client about X,” but there is no signed legal document forbidding journalists from doing their jobs–asking questions. I am a journalist, by the way. A few months ago, I interviewed an actress on one of the top shows on network TV. I was never told I couldn’t ask her a particular question. Other journalists were there as well, and many did ask invasive questions about her love life. She simply didn’t go into detail about things she didn’t want to go into detail about. I also recently requested an interview with a novelist. I wanted to speak with the novelist about one of her older books, but her publicist asked if I could mention the newest one as well. I said, “Sure.” However, this is not a legally binding contract. Just a publicist’s request.
      I doubt Foxx tells people not to ask about Holmes because that would be acknowledging they have a relationship, and he clearly doesn’t want to publicly acknowledge that. At most, his publicist requests that journalists don’t ask about his personal life. But journalists have jobs to do, and the journalist’s boss may have instructed him to ask anyway. What if, in fact, Foxx had gone into detail about playing b-ball with Holmes? That would have been a major scoop and worth the risk in the journalist’s eyes. It’s part of a journalist’s job to ask questions that make people uncomfortable. If they don’t like it, they don’t have to answer, or they can leave. Sometimes I tell people upfront, “If you don’t want to answer something, just skip it.” But it’s part of my job to ask.

      • Evie says:

        Co-signing @WTW. I too am a journalist. I always strive to be respectful and not ask stupid questions. However, it is a journalist’s job to ask questions. I agree that the producer, Managing Editor or Assignment Editor may have instructed the reporter to ask Jamie Foxx about Katie Holmes. At this point the cat is out of the bag. Everyone has known for months/years that the two are dating.

        Foxx is perfectly within his rights to walk off as he did. But I don’t think that will defer reporters from asking about their relationship in the future. It may have the opposite effect and act like catnip and actually spur some people on.

        It’s up to Foxx and Holmes to decide how to proceed. The simplest course of action might be to say, “No comment.”

  7. Beth says:

    Questions like that are asked because people are curious about celebrity couples lives together. It is what it is, and this won’t be the last time Jamie will be asked questions he might not want to talk about

  8. Escondista says:

    I think it’s possibly because of the Scientology cult. I think that they don’t want to invite problems by going public and I have no idea what sort of agreements were made for her escape.

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      I agree CO$ is at the back of this. I read not too long ago that they still had CO$ members going through the bins of the two creators of Southpark because of that Xenu episode they did, trying to find private info to publish against them. this was in 2011, the episode went out in 2005 or 2006. Scary stuff.

      • KicktheSticks says:

        THIS. Scientology people have a tendency to disappear. Like that leader’s ex wife. They are hounded once they leave the cult. No doubt Katie is number one on their ‘enemy’ list. To this day, Nicole Kidman doesn’t talk about Tom Cruise. Wonder why.

    • manda says:

      That makes so much sense. I, too, would like to know more about them, just because of course I would, I like celebrity gossip. So it has been sort of annoying that there is nothing to tell. But, thinking about it from this perspective makes it so much less annoying. I know, I know — as if I had a right to be annoyed at all! It’s a tricky line, but I absolutely draw it at nosing into the lives of people who could be hurt by an evil cult. They are cute and I wish them the best.

    • AsIf says:

      I mean there were rumors about a contract that said she wasn’t allowed to date anyone publicly for five years after the divorce…who knows if there’s anything to it…

  9. KBeth says:

    It seems pretty clear this is a couple that strives for privacy, the interviewer knew that and asked anyhow…..I suppose he could have responded “none of your business” instead of just bailing.

  10. Harryg says:

    Everybody knows, Jamie! Why is this such a secret? Also, I don’t really care!

  11. Texasho says:

    That’s Jamie. He’s almost too gay to function. – Mean Girls Burn Book

  12. KicktheSticks says:

    They’ve been dating a long time and I think it’s probably not Jamie who wants to keep it private–I think it’s Katie. Katie lived such a bizarre, traumatizing PUBLIC life with Tom Cruise where everything she did was on display because of Tom’s freaky narcissism and those Scientology goons. After experiencing something like that, and STILL being in the public eye today, would make me want to keep my private life locked down as well. I bet Jamie understands that. The way they look at each other is very sweet and sure, everyone does know they are together, but they clearly don’t want their relationship invaded, they make an effort to keep it private and stay away from 90% of public attention and people should really respect that. The woman survived an appalling and likely emotionally abusive relationship with her ex who is also a deadbeat dad and if she wants privacy with her ‘new’ (not so new!) man, give it to her.

  13. annie says:

    Katie is very secretive and always has been, nobody knew she was engaged to Chris Klein for a long time. With Tom he had her and Suri on display all the time.
    On a side note Katie and Jamie presented together at the AMA awards 2000. Jamie is either drunk, or high or both, it was so funny.
    the internet is a great detective.

    • cf86713 says:

      MTV Movie Awards and this is why I find it funny people think she only knew him through Tom its false she’s known him a lot longer than that.

  14. LittlefishMom says:

    No comment would suffice, walking off only causes more talk.

  15. Patty says:

    There’s being private and then there’s weird. Katie and Jamie are more the latter. There were a bunch of other / better ways Foxx could have handled the situation. The reporter wasn’t being rude, the reporter didn’t ambush Jamie during Jamie’s private time. It was a simple question at a public event. Foxx could have said no comment, pivoted the conversation another direction, made a joke.

    Neither Foxx or Holmes at that famous. Katie Holmes is best known for being on a tween show in the late nineties / early aughts and for being Tom Cruise’s third ex-wife. I really don’t get it.

    • Snowflake says:

      Hi, Patty, I don’t know if you will see this. But you had posted something one time about women acting helpless and some men sticking up for them. I can’t remember the exact context and you might not remember either. But I wanted to tell you that I’m guilty of that. I think because I was taught to be meek and submissive to the man in Christian school. I’m not religious now but sometimes I catch myself being overly nice or meek. I think it goes back to that. But even now, if I do things the way I see men doing them, for example, being direct, fighting for a sale, I feel like I am punished for it. Idk if the men are threatened or why they act that way. But yes, sometimes some women can be very manipulative to make things look a certain way to get a man on their side. Or to turn someone against you. And I know this sounds lame, but I really do think that a lot of times it can be due to jealousy. If you’re too pretty or sexy or guys find you attractive. Or even maybe if you are too much of a threat to them.

    • Sojaschnitzel says:

      Well in order to get it you should keep in mind that Holmes is severely being stalked by Scientology, and I am sure that Foxx is aswell, at this point. Watch the documentaries on scientology, if you haven’t done so yet, and I think their “weird” behaviour will explain itself. They just want to survive.

  16. Cara says:

    I have no problem with him not answering a question he doesn’t want to answer, but just leaving the interview was rude. It seems childish to me.

  17. Layla Love says:

    Bravo Jamie. More people should follow his lead.

  18. annie says:

    Yes sorry, the MTV awards not the AMA.

  19. annie says:

    It really annoys me when people say KH hasn’t done anything other than DC or being TC wife.
    She has worked all her life, and tried to fit in some sort of career when she was married to Tom in between his career, His movies take months on end and MI movies can take up to 6 months to 1 year to complete and I think she really tried to be there for him, because that is what he wanted, for her to follow him around, and be the centre of her life.
    She has done a lot of adds for makeup, hair, jewelry, clothes, and for the past few years has received good reviews for her movies, and has also produced and directed.
    Because someone doesn’t live their life like a Kardashian, and some others, filling the internet with naked selfies everyday, she gets picked on because she values her privacy, looks after her daughter, and doesn’t flaunt her love life.
    That Zac Posen lookbook was amazing, with 42 different looks , but he believed in her that she would do his designs justice, and she did every single one of them, which is hard to do.
    Yes you could say I am a big fan, from 1 st episode of DC.

  20. Patty says:

    Well I never said she hasn’t done anything, I said she was best known for being Tom Cruise’s ex and for being on Dawson’s Creek and that is a correct assessment. That’s what she’s best known for. It’s not to say she doesn’t work consistently, she does. My only point was had it not been for her marriage to Tom Cruise people would pay her less attention than they do. She doesn’t have the career or chops of Michelle Williams, the fan base of Joshua Jackson, etc.