Despite having been one of the finest interviewers in the industry, Michael Parkinson has offered an apology to Meg Ryan for their infamous 2003 interview that is seen as one of the most awkward of the iconic host’s career.
In the interview, Meg Ryan, who was promoting her erotic thriller In The Cut, was seemingly accused of ‘not liking interviews’ in the way she was sitting and acting on stage, by Michael Parkinson.
Nearly 20 years after the interview aired on television, Parkinson has offered an apology to the actor of When Harry Met Sally, telling the Radio Times, “I wish I hadn’t lost my temper with Meg Ryan”.
Continuing, he added: “I wish I’d dealt with it in a more courteous manner. I was quite obviously angry with her and it’s not my business to be angry towards the guests. I came across as kind of pompous and I could have done better”.
Asked in the interview what he would say to Meg Ryan if he saw her now, Parkinson replied, “I’m sorry. But you must understand that you played a part in it, too. Neither of us were on top form, and we were both discomforted”.
Meg Ryan discussed the interview with Marie Claire years after the event, where she branded him a “nut”, stating: “I don’t even know the man. That guy was like some disapproving father! It’s crazy. I don’t know what he is to you guys, but he’s a nut. I felt like he was berating me for being naked in the movie”.
Continuing, she added, “He said something like: ‘You should go back to doing what you were doing’. And I thought, are you like a disapproving dad right now? I’m not even related to you. Back off, buddy. I was so offended by him”.
Take a look at the original cringeworthy interview clip below.