Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow bust Katherine Heigl’s chops

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Us Magazine must subscribe to Sirius/XM Radio. They sure do love to listen to the Howard Stern Show and then build news stories around what his celebrity guests say on the air. The latest example of this is their new story on “Funny People” director and co-star, Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen. They appeared on the Stern show this morning to promote the new film, and Howard, who loves a good feud, brought up the comments that their “Knocked Up” co-star Katherine Heigl made over a year ago regarding that film. Both Apatow and Rogen responded in a clearly comical manner –but to hear US Weekly tell it, the pair is ready to throw down with their former leading lady.

Seth Rogen and Knocked Up director Judd Apatow are still miffed over former costar Katherine Heigl knocking the hit blockbuster.

Speaking to Vanity Fair in 2007, Heigl famously remarked that the comedy “paints the women as shrews,” while the men look “lovable.” She added, “It was hard for me to love the movie.” (She later said she was “disheartened” her remarks became “the focus of my experience with the movie.”)

But Rogen says he doesn’t see how Heigl’s new comedy, The Ugly Truth, makes women look even better.

“That [movie] looks like it really puts women on a pedestal in a beautiful way,” he quipped on Howard Stern’s SIRIUS XM radio show on Thursday.

Added Apatow, “I hear there’s a scene where she’s wearing … Underwear …with a vibrator in it, so I’d have to see if that was uplifting for women.”

Apatow figured Heigl was “probably was doing six hours of interviews and kissing everyone’s a**, and then just got tired and slipped a little bit” when she made the remarks to Vanity Fair.

Regardless, Rogen said, “I didn’t slip and I was doing f****** interviews all day too … I didn’t say s***!”

Even more baffling, said Apatow, “We never had a ‘fight’” with Heigl while filming. “Seth always says, it doesn’t make any sense [because] she improvised half her s***,” Apatow said, adding that she “could not have been cooler.”

Apatow said he hasn’t spoken to Heigl since her remarks. He doesn’t know if he’d make a big deal about it, either.

“It all depends on how much coffee I have had that day,” he said. “If I was fighting … with someone else about something I may handle it wrong, and if I’m in like total Buddha mood, I’d be like ‘I feel sad that she hasn’t learned the lesson of her journey yet,’” he said.

After the remark, “[You think] at some point I’ll get a call saying ‘Sorry, I was tired…’ and then the call never comes,’” he said.

Rogen said he doesn’t feel bad since Heigl seems to run her mouth and most people, including Grey’s Anatomy staff.

“I gotta say it’s not like we’re the only people she said some bat **** crazy things about,” he said. “That’s kind of her bag now.”

[From Us Weekly]

I heard the broadcast yesterday morning, and it seemed pretty clear that Howard Stern was trying to get a feud going by stirring the pot – and both Apatow and Rogen were jokingly obliging the radio host. It’s too bad that US didn’t take the time to transcribe the entire portion of the interview, including Howard Stern’s remarks. However, they do raise a good point: I’d say “The Ugly Truth” is just as sexist as “Knocked Up,” if not more. The characters in that movie are barely anything more than stereotypes, while the characters in “Knocked Up,” flawed though they are, at least are more real. But hey: I would certainly be interested in hearing what Heigl has to say about this rebuttal. Oh, and I should add that the Howard Stern/Seth Rogen interview also included a game called “The Wheel of Sex” and a performance by Stern regular Will the Farter.

Seth Rogan is shown on 2/22/09 in the header. Katherine Heigl is shown on 7/16/09. Credit: Image below is from 2008

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  1. Wench. says:

    The bottom picture is pleasing, I’m quite the beard enthusiast.

  2. Ursula says:

    Heigl’s 15 minutes are taking long, waaaay too long. I must confess I have never liked her. Something about her has always rubbed me the wrong way.

  3. Nev says:

    Wow. It’s amazine how Stern brought that fact up just so he can have show

  4. Melanie says:

    “I gotta say it’s not like we’re the only people she said some bat **** crazy things about,” he said. “That’s kind of her bag now.”


  5. Firestarter says:

    Oh, how I wish she would go away.

  6. Bonnie says:

    Seth is hilarious and I love him. Heigl can drop off the face of the earth and I wouldn’t notice.

  7. Ana says:

    I enjoyed that comment as well Melanie!
    Those two are smart and funny.

  8. Ned says:

    Saying something else is sexist “too”, is not really much of a defense.

    Heigl made their movie work. She did her job and did it well.

    People like to watch her on film, which is why she has a career.
    Seth Rogen’s career, on the other hand, is really confusing.

    The only reason he has a career is Judd Apatow.
    Heigl is charming and pretty. What does Seth bring exactly?
    A friendship with Judd?

    • E says:

      your a moron Rogen writes half of the stuff in those movies. Do some research although Heigl is funny shes almost as dumb as you. The character she portrays is not a stereotype of all women its one specific woman and they do exist. A movie can’t be sexist by making one woman one way.

  9. princess pee says:

    Ned, Seth Rogen’s career is no more confusing then Heigl’s. It’s just like you said: people like to watch him on film.

    As to your actual question, Rogen is an actor, yes, but he’s also a producer and writer. So he is actually bringing something to the projects he works on.

  10. Ned says:

    I don’t know one person who went to a movie because they wanted to watch him.

    They wanted to watch an Apatow movie or they liked the other actors.

    Most people don’t find him funny, only funny looking.

    I am not sure what he wrote, but if it’s any good, perhaps he should concentrate on what he’s good at.

    If you want people to not criticize your movie for being sexist, don’t make sexist movies.

    Oh and thank Katherine Heigl for doing a great job and drawing audience.

  11. MSat says:

    Raises hand – I go to see anything Seth Rogen is in. He’s a hottie. There. Now you know of one person.

  12. wow says:

    Love Seth, loathe Hiegle (or however the heck she spells it).

    People are getting tired of Heigle’s “act”. It won’t be long before she’ll be begging for Grey’s to keep renewing her contract because her movie offers will soon dry up due to that big mouth of hers and her attitude.

  13. princess pee says:

    In case you hadn’t realised from my response, I go to see Rogen movies. I think he’s funny, and he seems like a real person. And he’s Canadian, which is always a bonus.

  14. emma says:

    didn’t seth write superbad when he was like 13?

  15. shutUpAndWrite says:

    stern is a s*it stirrer

  16. Iggles says:

    Rogen is a good writer/producer.

    Howver, I don’t buy him as a lead actor though he was one in “Knocked Up” and “Zack and Miri Make a Prono”. He’s better as the funny supporting character (a la “40 year old Virgin).

  17. DK says:

    I think Judd’s and Seth’s comments are detailed enough that it doesn’t just sound like a case of editing or s*stirring, especially the part about Judd waiting for a phone call, and how he would handle it now. They also haven’t spoken since those comments, which I found surprising. She comes across as entitled, snooty and like she’s better than everyone else. The thing is though – she’s clearly smart, beautiful, great comic timing – I could see why she’s so high on herself – but she needs to learn to be humble, and appreciate work, or she will start to not get any. My two cents. I’m on a roll today.

  18. connie says:

    don’t particularly care which role, but i’m a rogen fan too!

  19. McKenna says:

    She annoys me…her character, Izzy, annoys me too and I’m sad they didn’t kill her off. I think Seth Rogan is hilarious and would rather watch him than Heigl any day.

  20. Salina says:

    Add one more for team Rogan, he is high-larious!!

  21. Bonnie says:

    Ned- you were sorely mistaken werent you…

  22. orion70 says:

    Team Rogen ! Ever since 40-yr old virgin (is it just me or has he reverse aged? he seemed older there). However Team Rudd trumps Team Rogen (sorry).

    That said, I liked all the characters in Knocked Up, and I didn’t think it put the women in a bad light at all, and I hadn’t set out thinking that I would like it (i’m a gal if that matters). I think the characters were realistic.

    And I don’t know how anyone in their right mind can put Leslie Mann and “shrew” in the same sentence.

  23. Ally says:

    Heigl could be more politic in terms of her career. However, I’m glad someone called ‘bullsh%$’ on this kind of movie, instead of acting like it’s an honor to be Apatow and Rogen’s squeak toy.

    ’40 Year-Old Virgin’ was very good. ‘Knocked Up’ was a dreadful frat-boy-imagines-adulthood exercise. Remember when 30 year olds acted like adults in movies? Good times. Am never paying money for an Apatow piece of facile juvenile sexist sh!te again. It’s perfect crap for movie studios chasing 15-year-old-boy weekend money, though.

    Last night, Jon Stewart couldn’t find a single nice thing to say about ‘Funny People’. It just looks like Apatow has ‘evolved’ straight from sexually-frustrated frat boy to bitter mid-life crisis creep.

    After a while, it’s just a depressing point of view. Not inspiring at all, not even all that funny. Maybe if you’re high, like the cast?

  24. Seriously says:

    It makes Rogen and Apatow look SO petty to feud with High_Gal. Why do they care? Obviously, those guys have HUGE egos and are pissed she’s not KISSING their behinds. Apatow said he expected AN APOLOGY from her. Awww, did his feelings get hurt? SO SAD. Wah, wah wah. And, Rogen went after Entourage–he sounds like a thin-skinned prick. EGOS!

  25. Cindy says:

    Don’t you guys get it. The reason why Judd and Seth are saying all that is because of their movie Knocked Up, she became a known actress not just some tv show actress. Don’t spit where you eat. I can’t stand her she not all that. I wished they would have given that role to someone else not that air headed lady =]

  26. Ana says:

    I love all of Rogen’s movies I have seen so far.
    I want to see the Ugly Truth but because Heigel is in it, I’m not going to.
    I can’t stand her.

  27. tootyfrooty says:

    Its pretty dumb to bite the hand that feeds you, especially when he is one of the most powerful people in Hollywood these days. Just b/c you are good does not mean the jobs will keep coming. Many an actor/actress fast tracked themselves to the D list because no one wanted to work with them and their attitude. Just sayin’

  28. bob says:

    Stern rules!

  29. Amy says:

    Rogen chides Heigel for talking shit by talking shit? Joking or otherwise, that sounds mighty hypocritical to me…