Ashley Graham handled Hugh Grant’s Oscars ‘nonsense’


Ashley Graham has Jason Kennedy’s stamp of approval after her awkward Hugh Grant interview on the Oscars 2023 red carpet.

“Don’t worry @ashleygraham … now you see why Hugh Grant isn’t one of our favorites to interview live,” the entertainment journalist tweeted on Sunday.

“Well done working around his nonsense,” the 41-year-old continued.

When a Twitter troll wrote that Graham, 35, should have “been more strategic” in her interview with the actor, Kennedy came to her defense.

The E! personality clarified that there “weren’t … any number of other people to speak with,” adding, “It’s pre-produced for a broadcast like that, not her call.”

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Jason Kennedy reacted to Ashley Graham’s awkward Hugh Grant interview.
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Graham’s stilted interaction with Grant went viral over the weekend, with clips circulating of the Golden Globe winner giving short, clipped answers to her questions and rolling his eyes.

The model reacted to the exchange in a TMZ interview the following day, saying her goal is to “kill people with kindness.”

Although the “American Beauty Star” host neglected to elaborate on Grant’s attitude, she gushed over the “good time” she had doing pre-show coverage for ABC.

Jason Kennedy wears suit on red carpet
The entertainment journalist slammed the actor’s “nonsense.”
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The “Notting Hill” star, for his part, has yet to publicly address the viral moment.

Last week, Grant admitted to flipping out on a “nice local woman” on the set of his upcoming “Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” movie.


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“I lost my temper with a woman in my eye line on day one,” the Emmy nominee told Total Film magazine (via Yahoo! News). “I assumed she was some executive from the studio who should have known better.

Ashley Graham interviews Hugh Grant on Oscars red carpet
Graham’s stilted exchange with Grant went viral on Sunday.
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Hugh Grant is interviewed in a suit on Oscars red carpet
The “Gentleman” star gave clipped responses and rolled his eyes.
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Ashley Graham interviews Hugh Grant on Oscars red carpet
Social media users labeled Grant “rude.”
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“Then it turns out that she’s an extremely nice local woman who was the chaperone of the young girl,” he continued.

He compared the “terrible” tantrum to Christian Bale blowing up at a “Terminator: Salvation” crew member in 2009.

Grant admitted to Andy Cohen in 2015 that he has a “really mega-tantrum” once a year.

Ashley Graham poses in white top with curled hair
Graham reacted to the interaction, saying she “kill[s] people with kindness.”
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The “Undoing” alum, who has been married to Anna Eberstein since 2018, is a father of five.

Grant shares daughter Tabitha, 11, and son Felix, 10, with Tinglan Hong, as well as son John, 10, and two daughters with Eberstein.



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