During his appearance on Thursday’s episode of The View, 62-year-old actor Hugh Grant made a “lighthearted” comment about his 1995 arrest with a sex worker for “lewd conduct.” The topic was prompted by Sunny Hostin’s question about Grant’s outspokenness against the invasion of privacy by British tabloids.
“Everyone thinks, ‘Oh, well he’s just bitter because he got arrested with a hooker in 1995,'” he said as the audience laughed. “But actually it had nothing to do with that because that was never uncovered by tabloids. It was that the bloody police gave everyone the information. It was nothing to do with that.”
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Instead, the actor stated that his campaign against the tabloids’ methods is because “with power comes responsibility.”
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“These big newspaper owners — largely non-tax-paying newspaper owners — are living above the law and invading the privacy of people whose kids are being killed in a road accident or whatever to get the sensational article,” he stated. “No one dares to take them on in Britain because they’re so scared of them, especially the politicians. That’s why politicians, really in my country, are chosen by the press… That’s what my campaign is about.”
During his appearance, Grant also talked about him going viral online after an appearance at the Oscars. Although he didn’t bring up his highly uncomfortable pre-ceremony interview with Ashley Graham, he did touch upon the joke he made while presenting an award with his former co-star, Andie MacDowell.
“[We’re here] to raise awareness about the vital importance of using a good moisturizer,” he said at the award show. “Andie has been wearing one every day for the last 29 years. I’ve never used one in my life. [She’s] still stunning, [and I’m] basically a scrotum.”
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“I wrote that joke and I was extremely nervous about it,” Grant said on The View. “I think I got away with it,” he stated. “Sigourney Weaver said to me afterwards, ‘You don’t look like a scrotum.’ She liked the joke, and that relaxed me.”
Grant’s Oscars evening started off brutally awkward as he appeared quite agitated during his red-carpet interview with Graham, showing little interest in engaging in a normal conversation. After basically providing no responses to questions, Graham finished the interview with “Well, OK, it was nice to talk to you,” to which Grant responded with a dismissive “yeah,” rolled his eyes, and walked away. Grant has yet to comment on the incident, but spoke about it to TMZ, saying, “My mama told me to kill people with kindness, so there you go.”