A thoughtful question was all it took for Montel Williams to cancel an interview and later threaten the high school newspaper intern who asked it.
Montel was in town to promote a free prescription drug program for low-income patients.
But he ended the press event after the teen reporter asked if he thought that pharmaceutical companies might be discouraged from research and development if their profits were restricted. It seems like a harmless enough, even intelligent question right? Apparently Montel disagreed, acting like a Media Diva:
“I’m here as a patient advocate talking about the fact that medications available today are saving people’s lives, that’s what’s saving mine and after that, this interview is done.”
Later on, Montel confronted the reporter and crew at his hotel, while they were covering a different story. Montel, accompanied by his bodyguard, got in the reporter’s face, pointing his finger and saying, “Don’t look at me like that. Do you know who I am? I’m a big star, and I can look you up, find where you live and blow you up”.
It seems Montel has a bit of a temper. Whether he was thinking of actual dynamite, C-4 or simply referring to blowing up careers, no one is sure.
He later apologized for the outburst in a statement that read:
“I mistakenly thought the reporter and photographer in question were at the hotel to confront me about some earlier comments. I was wrong, and I apologize for my overreaction.”
How about apologizing for the actual threat? Just another talk show host behaving badly.
For the record Montel…You’re not that big of a star. Daytime talk show hosts are the bottom feeders of the TV ecosystem wasteland. Geeze.