If it wasn’t for television, some people would just not talk to one another, ever. Case in point: ESPN announcers Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musburger talking with rapper Eminem on live feed. The 41-year-old Marshall Mathers, AKA Eminem, joined the veteran ESPN crew during Saturday night’s Notre Dame-Michigan football game.
Yahoo! Sports carried the Sept. 7 story and strange video clip.
The diminutive Eminem looked like a befuddled child standing between the two men, both of whom are much taller than “Slim Shady.”
Can you say ‘Awk-ward?’
“What a pleasure for Herbie and me to introduce Marshall Mathers. Some of you may know him as Eminem,” Musburger announces. Meanwhile, all eyes are on Eminem, as he slowly sways a bit with his hands stuffed deep in his pockets and his mouth agape. Even Herbstreit cracks up a bit.
After the intro, in which Mathers says nothing, Musburger shows a portion of Eminem’s new “Berzerk” video. (By the way, how odd was it for the 74-year-old Musburger to be plugging a decades-younger rapper's song?) Musburger then questions Mathers about American record producer Rick Rubin, evidently rousing Eminem out of his daze.
“Yeah sorry, live TV freaks me out a little bit,” Eminem says, to which Herbstreit panders back, “Nah.”
Eminem asks Musburger to repeat his question. Of course, Brent is already into his second question. When asked how many hours it takes to make a video, Eminem slogs through a muddled answer.
“Umm, sometimes it’s usually like a two-day process. It’s a lot of takes, it’s a lot of sittin’ around waiting, but it’s cool,” says Mathers.
Thankfully, Herbstreit calls for a television break. Unthankfully, Mathers is asked to stick around for another segment.
One of the best selling music artists of the 2000s, a performer who has rapped in front of millions, yet he can’t manage to pull it together and look competent at a college football game. Hilarious.