Jon Stewart - the U.S. host of The Daily Show - has named Hugh Grant his least favourite guest on the programme, following his appearance in 2009. The British actor, known for his romantic-comedies, was described as a "big pain in the ass" by Stewart, who says he is no longer welcome on the show.
Speaking during a Q&A last week, Stewart laid into the Love Actually star, naming him as his least favourite guest, adding, "And we've had dictators on the show." The actor appeared on The Daily Show while promoting his poorly received comedy Did You Hear About The Morgans? though reportedly spent much of his time complaining to staff and saying he had better places to be. He also complained about the clip that was shown to promote the film, though Stewart responded, "Well, then make a better f***ing movie." Though Stewart's remarks come as no real surprise, the pair are both prominent critics of the media, with Grant taking an active role in the campaign for tighter regulation of the British press in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal. Stewart almost quit The Daily Show in 1999, saying, "What I did not realize is, a lot of the people who worked there were assholes."
The Emmy winner replaced original host Craig Kilborn, immediately shifting the tone to sharply satirical.