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Most shocking TV chat show moment

Grace Jones slapping presenter Russell Harty live on air in 1981, has been polled the 'most shocking TV chat show moment of all time.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2006 16:21 IST
Asian News International
Asian News International

Grace Jones slapping TV presenter Russell Harty live on air in 1981,has been voted the 'most shocking TV chat show moment of all time', in a survey carried out on 2,000 television viewers. She felt he was ignoring her when he turned his back to speak to others - the act that triggered the slap. 

Actress Meg Ryan saying veteran host Michael Parkinson should end her interview came in third, after former BBC presenter David Icke pronouncing himself as "a son of the Godhead" to Terry Wogan, reports BBC.

Others in the list were Tara Palmer Tomkinson's dishevelled performance on ITV1's Frank Skinner show and the notorious episode when The Bee Gees stormed off Clive Anderson's show, which claimed the fourth and fifth position respectively.

The poll was commissioned to celebrate the launch of the UKTV Gold chat show Wogan: Now and Then.

Top 10 "most shocking" TV chat show moments of all time are:

1. Grace Jones on Russell Harty (1981) Grace Jones, convinced she was been ignored by presenter Russell Harty, slapped him across the face after he turned his back on her to speak to the other guests on the programme.

2. David Icke on Wogan (1991) Sports presenter and former footballer David Icke called himself the "son of Godhead" to Terry Wogan.

3. Meg Ryan on Parkinson (2003) The  Hollywood actress became monosyllabic  when  answering Parkinson's questions, and ignored her fellow guests.

4. Tara Palmer Tomkinson on Frank Skinner (1999) The socialite made a disjointed appearance on the Frank Skinner show , only 48 hours before she checked into an exclusive addiction clinic in Arizona.

5. Bee Gees on Clive Anderson's All Talk (1997) The three brothers stormed off Anderson's show, when they told him they had once-toyed with the idea of calling themselves Les Tosseurs, to which Anderson replied "You've always been tossers to me."

6. The Sex Pistols on Bill Grundy (1976) The Sex Pistols made front-page news following their foul-mouthed appearance on the Today television show hosted by Bill Grundy.

7. George Best on Wogan (1991) Best appeared on the chat show while under the influence of alcohol.

8. Matthew Kelly on Frank Skinner (2003) Matthew Kelly used his appearance on the Frank Skinner show to confront the host over his "horrible" jokes about Kelly's arrest over a sex abuse allegation for which he was later fully cleared by police.

9. Tom Cruise on Oprah (2005) The Hollywood star took centre stage on Oprah, by jumping up and down on the sofa, throwing his hands in the air and yelling about his feelings for new love Katie Holmes.

10. Rod Hull and Emu on Parkinson (1976) Rod Hull's hand puppet Emu was launched into an unprovoked attack on Michael Parkinson, knocking him off his chair and leaving him dishevelled and disorientated.