Dan Aykroyd angrily walked out of an interview on "The Observer Effect" (a talk show hosted by Ellen Fanning on the Australian network SBS) because he felt that he wasn't allowed to sufficiently promote his Crystal Head Vodka company during the interview. According to The Telegraph in Australia, the incident took place on Oct. 10, 2013, in a prerecorded interview that edited out Aykroyd angrily leaving the studio. As he left, Aykroyd allegedly shouted expletives and called a SBS employee “f*cking hosebag.”
The Telegraph reports that "producers Shine Australia and SBS are said to have contacted the program's EP [executive producer] Paul Steindl and asked that he issue an apology to Aykroyd, prompting Steindl and Fanning to refuse, suggesting instead that it was Aykroyd who owed them an apology.
"[Aykroyd] was welcome to mention his vodka ... but advertorials are not part of the show's format," an SBS spokesman commented in a statement.
Meanwhile, "Ghostbusters" director Ivan Reitman has confirmed that "Ghostbusters 3" is still in limbo. Reitman has said in many interviews that he and Aykroyd are still committed to making the film, but a script has not yet been approved by a studio. Bill Murray is unlikely to be involved in "Ghostbusters 3," although the filmmakers say that they hope that Murray will change his mind if he likes the script.
Slash Film reported that Reitman was at a special screening of "Ghostbusters" in Toronto in July 2013, Reitman said in a Q&A after the screening: "If we can find a way to make a film that’s somewhat as magical as ['Ghostbusters'] finally turned out to be, then it’s worth making. If we can’t, then we probably won’t do it. And I think that’s really what’s been taking so damn long.
"We had a couple of scripts that were quite good, that we just didn’t think quite had it. And one of them was particularly centric to Bill, and we just couldn’t get him to read it. And so that one didn’t get made, even though it was pretty damn good. So we’ve been thinking of alternatives, and we’re actually making some real progress, and we’ll see what happens. That’s the most honest answer I can think of."
In 2013, Aykroyd had a small role as Liberace's manager Seymour Heller in the Emmy-winning movie "Behind the Candelabra," as well as a voice role as Scarecrow in "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return." His next movie is the 2014 comedy "Tammy," starring Melissa McCarthy.