Best TV celebrity shocker moments 2008

There have been some cracking celebrity shock moments on TV this year. For instance, who could forget Kerry Katona’s butt clenchingly embarrassing interview on This Morning! Kerry appeared to be drunk but when Fern asked if she’d been drinking, Kerry launched into a rambling explanation of her condition and said she was slurring because of the meds she takes for bi-polar disorder. Mmmm… bi-polar or by-god-I’m-pi**ed? You decide!

In case you missed it, here it is…

It was morbidly fascinating to watch wasn’t it? I’m still surprised the show’s producers let her go on, but having said that, they’ve certainly had some mileage out of it so I guess in that regard, they made the right decision. In the world of TV and celebrity, the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about so for both Kerry and This Morning, this footage is worth its weight in gold!

Nutty Heather Mills had a similar interview horror with Fiona Phillips on GMTV in which she appeared to be totally off her crumpet. When she began to cry and wail about how cruel life had been to her, she went so high pitched, only dogs could hear her. By the time she got round to announcing that if she was assassinated, she had a box of evidence against a ‘certain person’ I was ready to call the men in white coats for her…

On a more serious note, there was the moment that Jade Goody found out that she had cancer while she was in the Big Brother house in India. I’m still not sure how tasteful it was to allow that to be filmed but whatever anyone’s personal opinion of Jade, nobody can deny she’s got cahones and I admire her for it. Here’s a clip from the moment she was told about her diagnosis.

Then later in the year, Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand dropped their rather massive clanger by calling Andrew Sachs and abusing him and his grand-daughter on his answer phone. This of course led to Jonathan Ross’s suspension and Russell Brand’s resignation from the BBC.

The calls, made for a BBC radio show, involved a claim that Brand had slept with the Fawlty Towers actor’s granddaughter Georgina Baillie. The presenters also joked that the actor might kill himself as a result.

I know this wasn’t strictly a telly moment but a lot of the aftermath was covered on the TV. Here’s a clip that has the audio of that call…

Hot on the heels of this major booboo came another one by Jeremy Clarkson who, while filming for Top Gear, made a comment that lorry drivers murder prostitutes. Again, for those who missed it, here’s the fateful footage…

Getting back to nutty as squirrel poo behaviour, British institution Emma Thompson made the most cringeworthy entrance ever on the David Letterman show in the US. For some reason, she chose to come on set fighting with a toy fox… absolute loon. I don’t know if she’d been shooting up her HRT meds or something but she totally lost the plot and was very embarrassing. Here she is…

Makes you shudder doesn’t it? Let us know if we’ve missed your favourite celebrity shocker moment!

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.