Eminem is still embarrassed about his MTV Video Music Awards showdown with a puppet and wishes he had handled the surprise comedy attack better.
The rapper was unprepared and a little baffled when Triumph The Insult Comic Dog and his handler decided to have a little fun with him at the 2002 prize-giving.
In an extract from his upcoming autobiography The Way I Am, published in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine, the rap star writes, "I'd been so busy touring and doing my own s**t, that I hadn't had time to watch TV, so I had no idea what that dog was."
Triumph - a regular on Conan O'Brien's late-night U.S. chat show - was 'co-presenting' the awards show, poking fun at stars with outrageous comedy routines.
And when the puppet and his handler cracked jokes about Eminem's feud with Moby, the rapper lost his cool.
He recalls, "All I saw was Moby... and this dude who's sticking his hand in my face, trying to be funny. I didn't even see the puppet.
"My natural reaction was 'Get the f**k out of my face...' And that's when I kind of lost it and a half. I should have kept my composure."
The rapper was so incensed by the incident, he claimed an award from presenter Christina Aguilera, went backstage and hurled a drinks container at the wall.
He adds, "I threw a fit. There was a cooler with drinks in it, and I asked if anybody wanted to grab a water or something. Nobody did. So I picked up the cooler and threw it against the wall and kind of f**ked up the whole room."
In hindsight, he now realises how silly the whole incident was: "What I actually got mad about was the most ridiculous thing in the world. A puppet."
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