Best Talk Show Reams

These guests (and hosts) had no idea they were walking into a verbal ass-kicking.

These guests (and hosts) had no idea they were walking into a verbal ass-kicking.

In the wake of Oprah Winfrey’s interview with cyclist cheater Lance Armstrong – whom she went surprisingly easy on – we decided to revisit some other talk show moments that didn’t go as smoothly. Try not to cringe while watching some of our favorite ream-outs.

Bill Maher vs. His Audience

After being heckled by audience members during a taping of his show Real Time with Bill Maher, Bill Maher decided to have them kicked out. But not before telling them off first, of course.

Jon Stewart vs. Bill O’Reilly

Whether you agree with him or not, Bill O’Reilly’s dickish nature is hard to deny; between screaming at his intern over a teleprompter and ripping into Jennifer Aniston about single motherhood, it’s hard to not want the Fox News anchor to be reamed out at least once. It finally happened when political comedian Jon Stewart was a guest on O’Reilly’s talk show, and the two got into a heated debate about Common’s controversial White House performance. Watch as Jon Stewart simultaneously puts Bill O’Reilly in his place while outwardly making fun of him, and think how hard it must have been for poor Bill to keep his temper in check.

Oprah vs. James Frey

Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey has always been known as a deity-like figure in the entertainment world, but when she added James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces to her book club only to find that the memoir was actually fabricated, all hell broke loose. The original footage of her reaming out the author was impossible to find – we suspect there was a massive communal burning of the video tape – but luckily we found this news special that showed some of its best highlights. Lesson learned: Don’t ever lie to Oprah.

Anderson Cooper vs. Teresa Giudice

We’re not one to watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey voluntarily, but sometimes you just have to watch a good catfight (especially when it includes mafia family members). When New Jersey housewife Teresa Giudice came on to Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show late last year, he essentially reminded her why she’s loathed by cast members and viewers alike. Ouch!

Howard Sternvs. Bill O’Reilly (and most of Fox News)

What happens when two guys without filters have a sit-down? They have an awesomely uncomfortable TV interview. Watch Howard Stern threaten Bill O’Reilly with an ass-whooping and accuse him of financial jealousy.

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