The award for most awkward interview of the year goes to … Maria Shriver and Lena Dunham.
While you were having your morning cup of joe on Friday, you might’ve tuned in for NBC’s Today for one hell of an uncomfortable sit down between Shriver and Dunham. But it was really just one word that made the entire exchange bizarre: Penis.
Lena stopped by the Today studio in New York to promote the final season of her hit HBO series, Girls, and if you know Lena, there’s always a chance something inappropriate will fly out of her mouth.
So when Maria told the actress, “I had a chance to look at three shows for this new season, and it looks terrific;” Lena responded with: “You saw a penis, right?”
The word penis instantly turned Shriver into a flustered 7-year-old who acted like she’s never heard the word penis before. “Yeah. Well, I saw more than that! You caught me there for a second. I am not sure if you are allowed to say that on television—but you did!”
That’s when Dunham joked, “I won’t be coming back!”
And right when you thought things couldn’t get any more awkward, the actress joked that she’s “going out with a bang!” So Shriver hit her back with, “Going out with a bang … We’re just going out.”
Lena apologized for the comment and to that, Maria said: “That’s OK. That’s the difference between generations: I wasn’t brought up talking like that.”
Wait, it’s still not done.
After Shriver’s then attempt to lure Matt Lauer in to help save the catastrophe of an interview, Lena thought her time had ended, so she stood up and said: “Thank you so much for having me.”
This video is just too good.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 10, 2017
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