We noted how Jonah Hill was sorta blindsided by a joke on French television last weekend, but now things might be smoothed over for the star of War Dogs. Reports that followed the star’s appearance on Canal+ Le Grand Journal noted that Hill had apparently canceled his remaining media appearances in the country following the incident, but The Hollywood Reporter has since amended this to note that Hill is still in the country and scheduled for appearances.
Still, this doesn’t erase the fact that Hill was clearly put off by the joke, noting at the end of the interview that he was “glad I came on this show to get ridiculed by your local weather girl.” This forced Le Grand Journal’s “Miss Mateo” Ornella Fleury to apologize on this week’s broadcast, using some more humor to get her apology across:
Fleury issued a formal apology, saying that she felt like she knew Hill from seeing him on film for over a decade. “I really had the impression that I knew you,” she said. “I thought I was just messing around with a friend, but the reality is that we are not friends.”
She joked that he has two Oscar nominations and has worked with directors such as Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, while she has only a kitchen sponge commercial on her resume.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, this isn’t the first time Fleury has courted controversy on the program. She referred to her co-host Brigitte Boreale, who is trans woman, as a “lady-gentleman” before joking about a possible threesome with the writer. This caused some outrage and a response from the Association of LGBT Journalists:
The Association of LGBT Journalists condemned the joke and said it would file a complaint with the Superior Audiovisual Council (CSA) television authority. “These remarks are not funny, they are injurious to Brigitte Boreale and for all trans people,” it said in a statement.
The one constant throughout this? Miles Teller’s shirt that looks like it belongs on a couch in some mob wife’s home. Also, French television seems like a pretty wild place.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)