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Want to Die from Second-Hand Cringe? Watch This Debra Winger Interview with Andy Cohen

By Kate Hudson | TV | October 31, 2018 |

By Kate Hudson | TV | October 31, 2018 |


Watching someone else’s social car crash is a special kind of torture that I am not capable of withstanding. So I had to mute and look away from certain parts of last night’s Watch What Happens Live episode with Debra Winger and Amanda Peet. It was really, really bad—and luckily for you, there’s clips to share so that you too can witness this awkward soufflé of uncomfortableness.

Here Andy asks if Debra was actually the voice of ET. She makes it very weird. Thank god for Amanda Peet, because she saves this segment by powering through. I would have just stuck my head into my shirt and hid like a turtle until it was over.

Andy tries to get her to play “Plead the Fifth,” which is a game he frequently has guests participate in to dish (usually good-naturedly) about past gossip surrounding them. Debra is just not having any…and I mean ANY of it.

Then, to top it all off, they take calls from fans. This is even worse, if that’s possible. She mimes checking her watch during the fan’s intro to her question, which sure, it’s a bit long, but good lord! There are cameras on you! At this point, if I were Amanda Peet, I’d be at the on-stage bar drinking because I could not have handled sitting adjacent to this anymore, and I feel like in those cases openly giving up is the best option.

So, uh, what’s your reaction to all this? Because here’s Andy’s:

(He also retweeted this)

Is there anything to be learned from this epic masterclass in second-hand embarrassment and cringe? Honestly, I have no idea, other than to say that God bless Amanda Peet. That must have been incredibly awkward to sit through, and she handled it better than I could have (…I would have handled it like a drunken turtle.)

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