Lauren Zima is a veteran entertainment reporter, but she was at a loss for words when she stopped comedian Tiffany Haddish on the red carpet at the 2022 Oscars.
Zima, who has been engaged to former “Bachelor” host Chris Harrison since October 2021, was put in her place by the “Girls Trip” star within seconds of starting the interview.
It all started when Zima noticed that Haddish had switched from a tailored emerald green dress to a sequined lime green dress for the after parties.
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Comedian Tiffany Haddish turned the tables on Lauren Zima at the Oscars
Haddish presented the Best Foreign Film award while wearing the first dress.
“I’m in Italian from head to toe,” Haddish said Entertainment Tonight their ensemble. “Hopefully I’ll get some Italian in me later – and I mean spaghetti.”
But if she was interviewed by Zima on the red carpet later that evening, her bright green dress surprised the reporter. “Did you make a small costume change?” Zima asked.
“I’m not wearing a costume, I’m wearing Dolce & Gabbana. It’s called an evening dress, darling,” Haddish replied tersely while Zima pretended to fall to the ground in humiliation.
“No one pays me. I paid for it,” Haddish continued. “It’s a custom. Thanks.”
“The time of death for me is now,” Zima said.
“This isn’t an acting gig, this is my life,” Haddish informed her. “This is what glory looks like. This is what success looks like. This is what money looks like. That’s what it looks like.”
Haddish then called out to Zima for not wearing shoes during the interview, telling her that while her feet were also uncomfortable, at least they looked good.
Things only got worse when Zima steered the conversation to Haddish’s boyfriend Will Smith, who caused an uproar during the Oscars broadcast by taking the stage and beat Chris Rock for a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith. Haddish revealed her support for Smith for standing up for his wife, then turned the tables on Zima and asked her what she thought of Smith’s reaction to Rock’s joke. Every time Zima tried to ask her another question, Haddish would provide her with an answer and pretty much control the rest of the interview.
Fans reacted to the uncomfortable exchange on social media. Some said they were uncomfortable watching the interview.
“I couldn’t watch secondhand for more than 15 seconds out of embarrassment,” said one Reddit commenter wrote.
“Lauren Zima tried. Tiffany Haddish assembled her as she should,” another wrote.
Others noted that Zima should have stopped asking questions about Smith.
“Tiffany Haddish ate Lauren Zima straight… Lauren even tried to take control of the interview but Tip just kept going,” another tweeted.
“The way Tiff just scooped Lauren up and put her in her little spot…” one Reddit user wrote. “I think she had flashbacks of what happened [Chris Harrison] and got together very quickly because one of them has to stay employed!”
Lauren Zima spoke out to Rachel Lindsay after Chris Harrison’s disastrous 2021 interview
Zima’s fiancée also has some experience with bad job interviews. In February 2021, Harrison was in hot water after a explosive interview with Rachel Lindsay, in which the longtime ABC host defended “Bachelor” contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s past attendance at a racist college party, and he labeled her critics ” awakened police”.
Harrison was met with heavy backlash for the interview, and Zima released a statement to distance himself from his words.
“What Chris said was wrong and disappointing,” Zima wrote on Instagram at the time. per Us weekly. “Defending racism can never happen. Responsibility comes first, what comes next is learning and growth.”
In June 2021, Harrison announced his departure from The Bachelor franchise after nearly 20 years.
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