13 Times Celebrities Shut Down Interview Questions

"How disappointing was that question?"

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These particular chats didn't go well for the reporters.

Rihanna

"How disappointing was that question"—perhaps the best comeback ever.

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Gordon Ramsay

The British chef did not take kindly to an Australian reporter taking a printed photograph of a steak from one of Ramsay's restaurants into the interview, and then proceeding to critique it. Funny that.

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Matt Damon

Matt Damon took this reporter down for assuming the only reason he worked hard was for job security in the acting world.

"You think job insecurity is what makes me work hard? I want to be an actor. It's not an incentive," he replies.

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Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande was taking no prisoners when casual sexism came knocking. When asked to pick whether she prefers her phone or makeup, she replied, "Is this what you think girls have trouble choosing between? Is this men assuming this is what girls have to choose between?"

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Taylor Swift

Skip to 0:24 to see Taylor's ultimate death stare when Nancy O'Dell suggested she'd be "going home with lots of men tonight."

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Andy Murray

Andy Murray shut down sexism at Wimbledon like a pro, pointing out that Sam Querrey isn't the only American to reach a semi-final since 2009, but rather the only American male. 

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Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson did not take kindly to being asked whether she could wear underwear underneath her costume in The Avengers.

"You're the fifth person to ask me that today," she replied. "What is going on? Since when did people start asking each other in interviews about their underwear?"

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Rihanna (Again)

Skip to 4:20 to see why you really shouldn't attempt to ask Rihanna about her love life under the guise of pretending not to ask about her love life.

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Lauren Conrad

In a comment that has been turned into a meme a million times over since, Lauren Conrad shut down a question intended to be turned into something sexual by saying "CEO" was her favorite position. Amazing.

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Rihanna (for the Third Time)

Moral of this listicle: Don't ask Rihanna anything she doesn't want to answer, because it won't go well for you.

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Mayim Bialik

If The Big Bang Theory's Mayim Bialik teaches interviewers anything, it's to do your research. She didn't take kindly to a reporter assuming she couldn't do calculus on the SAG red carpet, because she's actually a neuroscientist in real life.

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Kiera Knightley

Keira Knightley schools us all on how to shut down sexist conversation starters. "Are you going to ask all the men that tonight too?" she responded, when asked how she balances her personal life with her career.

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Amy Schumer

Something we can all learn from this: Don't call anyone a skank.

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