In defense of Drew!Cameron Diaz cut an interview short on KIIS 106.5’s Kyle & Jackie O show, after one of the Australian radio program’s hosts,Kyle Sandilands, made a snarky comment about her best friend Drew Barrymore’s troubled tween and teen years.
Diaz, 41, along with her Sex Tape costar Jason Segel, called into the show on Monday, July 21, when Jackie O mentioned that their daughter in the movie, Giselle Eisenberg, reminded her “a little bit” of Barrymore’s character in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.
“Aw, yeah!” Diaz remarked of her Charlie’s Angel costar, 39. “She does, now that you mention it. And she’s as bright and lively as Drew is, as well. She’s a sweet little girl.”
Sandilands quipped, “Let’s hope she misses out on the Drew Barrymore drug years, because those were a great thing to watch, but not so good to be in, I’d imagine.” While the first half of the interview was sprinkled with laughter from Diaz, the bubbly blonde remained silent after Kyle’s comment. (Barrymore famously struggled with substance abuse when she was very young, entering rehab twice at age 14.)
To break it up, Jackie O added: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
Still stuck on Sandilands’ jab at Barrymore’s drug phase, Diaz remarked: “I’m sure, Kyle, you’ve never been through a drug phase, have you? Or alcoholism or anything like that? Pretty clean… always did it right? Congratulations.”
All Sandilands could say was “Hang on a second, but I’m friends with Benji [Madden].”
Jackie O, sensing the tension, attempted to shift the conversation from Barrymore to Segel’s weight loss for the movie. Diaz, wanting to end the entire conversation, simply chimed in: “We have to go now…. sorry, they’re wrapping us up.”
After the conversation ended, Jackie O commentedon the awkward shift in conversation. “Good one, Kyle,” she said. “You ruined that interview… you brought up Drew Barrymore, her best friend’s drug addiction in the past. She’s her best friend! And then you brought up Benji. We all know how protective Cameron is about her private life.”
Her unapologetic co-host, though, said that’s the point of a good interview. “Maybe, they should’ve just bought ads if they wanted to sell the movie.”