Playing the lovable rogue is Hugh Grant’s usual M.O., but the British actor certainly did not charm Jon Stewart when he appeared on “The Daily Show” three years ago. In fact, Stewart declared that he will “never” have Grant back as a guest on the show.
Stewart even went so far as to call Hugh Grant the worst guest he’s ever had … “and we’ve had dictators on the show.”
Now Hugh Grant is speaking out … and he agrees he was jerk, calling his behavior “unforgivable.”
“He’s giving everyone s**t the whole time, and he’s a big pain in the ass,” Stewart revealed to Comedy Central pal Stephen Colbert in an on-stage interview last Friday at the Montclair Film Festival in New Jersey.
While promoting the 2009 clunker “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” costarring Sarah Jessica Parker, a grumpy Grant apparently moaned about having “other places to be” and then criticized the clip the studio sent.
“What is that clip? It’s a terrible clip,” Grant complained. Stewart’s reply: “Well, then make a better f***ing movie.” (And that’s why we love Jon Stewart!)
Upon hearing he’s been “banned” from “The Daily Show” due to his bad behavior, Grant didn’t deny he was having a bad day at the time.
“Turns out my inner crab got the better of me with TV producer in 09. Unforgivable. J Stewart correct to give me kicking,” Grant, 52, Tweeted Friday.
Considering that turn of events, if we were to gamble on this one, we’d bet Stewart does have Grant back on “The Daily Show” again … if only so Hugh can offer up another memorable mea culpa (a la “The Tonight Show” after the infamous Divine Brown “incident”).