'I was cringing.' Giuliana Rancic's very awkward red carpet interview with Debra Messing.

We have all the respect for the television presenters and journalists working the red carpet during an awards ceremony like the Golden Globes. There’s a lot of mingling. A lot of small talk. And a lot of facts to remember about so many celebrities.

A lot can go awry, and this year, E! presenter Giuliana Rancic made a little stumble while interviewing Will & Grace star, Debra Messing.

Things immediately got off on the wrong foot when the veteran presenter expectantly commented to Messing that she “was presenter this evening?” to which Messing replied with “No, I’m not.”

Making a swift recovery, Rancic then joked that she could then just enjoy the ceremony and relax. But that’s when… that’s when the interview should have ended. Because her next comment also made it wildly clear she hadn’t done much research about Messing or her role at the awards show.


Rancic went on to ask Messing if she was “going to see the rest of the [Will & Grace] cast,” to which she replied, “no one is here,” before adding, “the show wasn’t nominated”.


You watch the cringe inducing moment here:

Video by E! Network

Of course, mistakes happen and Messing tried to glide through the stumbles as seamlessly as possible, but unfortunately those watching the coverage picked up the fact that Rancic mayyyyybe hadn’t done a quick Google search on Messing or Will & Grace before the interview.



However, other Twitter users were confused, given that a) Messing’s Will & Grace co-star Megan Mullally was actually at the awards show, and b) Messing was indeed nominated for her work on Will & Grace for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy.



To be fair, Messing probably meant that the show itself wasn’t nominated – she just scored a nomination for her role – which was most likely the reason the rest of the cast didn’t attend. Unfortunately, she didn’t win the Globe either, and lost out to Rachel Brosnahan from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, who also beat out Kristen Bell (The Good Place), Alison Brie (Glow) and Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown), who were the other actresses competing in the category.

Eitherway… let’s just agree to move on from this awkward situation and pretend it never happened?

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