In a wide wide world of missed opportunities, can there be a misseder one than Jonathan ‘back to me’ Ross’s interview with Barbra Streisland (don’t forget that ‘l’) on Friday?
Things we learned over the hour that the interview lasted: Jonathan Ross is a big fan; Jonathan Ross has seen all her movies; Jonathan Ross loves The Way We Were; Jonathan Ross has seen The Way We Were three times this year; Jonathan Ross doesn’t like Up The Sandbox; Jonathan Ross’s daughter likes her nails long; Jonathan Ross thinks Kris Kristofferson is hairy even though he’s not (we learnt that bit quite a few times); Jonathan Ross thinks Barbra Streisland has a nice ass; Jonathan Ross has dogs; Jonathan Ross likes to dress his dogs up…
Things we didn’t learn over the hour that the interview lasted: anything about Barbra.
Not her political activity, her relationships with Clinton and Obama, her starting out in the company of Judy Garland and Liza (even though she tried to talk about it: ‘moving on…’), her gay HIV+ son, her life as a celebrity communist, her affair with Prince Charles. You could see it written all over her face: who is this schmuck (because she’s Jewish and that’s a Jewish word) and when does the interview start?
And does it ever occur to someone like JR that those levels of fawning are actually insulting as – not only does she get that from every fucking fan on the street – but it presupposes an ego that actually demands that everyone should prostrate themselves in front of her.
Oh, and the quip, when he gave her the dog collar present, that it came out of his own money and not the BBC’s… Did not everyone in the country get the figure of £18,000,000 – his salary (until this year) from… Her Majesty’s BBC – flash up in front of their eyes?
But don’t take our word for it. See the whole thing here (only if you live in the UK though. Sorry ’bout that).