Hollywood actress Meg Ryan has branded chat show host Michael Parkinson a “nut” over their infamous TV encounter.
Few viewers will forget Ryan’s excruciating appearance on Parkinson three years ago.
The talk show veteran attempted to quiz the actress about her erotic thriller In The Cut, a departure from her usual romantic comedy roles, only to be met by one-word answers and icy stares.
But in an interview with Marie Claire, Ryan, 44, said it was all Parkinson’s fault.
The star of When Harry Met Sally said: “I don’t even know the man. That guy was like some disapproving father! It’s crazy. I don’t know what he is to you guys, but he’s a nut.
“I felt like he was berating me for being naked in the movie. He said something like, ‘You should go back to doing what you were doing’. And I thought, are you like a disapproving dad right now? I’m not even related to you. Back off, buddy. I was so offended by him.”
She went on: “I realised it’s not like an American talk show where it’s seven minutes and then there’s a commercial break. I had to do 20 minutes straight with this guy, and I could either walk off – which wouldn’t be good – or try to disagree with him very respectfully.”
When the interviewer suggested she appear on rival Jonathan Ross’s chat show, she replied: “I like him. Maybe I should go on Jonathan Ross and talk about - what do you call him – Parky?”
Parkinson has described the prickly encounter as his “most difficult TV moment”.
Ryan appeared on the show in October 2003.
She turned her back on fellow guests Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine, and when Parkinson asked what she would do if she were in his shoes, Ryan replied tersely: “Close the interview.”
Parkinson, 71, has since said: “I should have closed it. But listen, it happens. She was an unhappy woman. I felt sorry for her. What I couldn’t forgive her for was that she was rude to the other guests.”
Elsewhere in the Marie Claire interview, Ryan spoke about her new daughter Charlotte True, whom she adopted in China.
Ryan said seeing the little girl for the first time was “the most magical, miraculous and white-knuckle fearful experience” of her life.
She has two films on the horizon – The Women, an independent movie co-starring Sandra Bullock and Uma Thurman, and In The Land of Women, a drama she described as “kind of like The Graduate, but with cancer”.
:: The full interview is in the May edition of Marie Claire, on sale on Thursday.