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Montel Williams will blow you up

Montel Williams

Montel Williams was in Savannah promoting a program that gives free prescriptions to low-income people. Montel ended an interview when a Savannah Morning-News reporter upset the superstar with one of her questions.

“Do you think pharmaceutical companies would be discouraged from research and development if their profits were restricted?”

It made Montel’s blood boil.

“I’m trying to figure out exactly why you are here and what the interview is about. I’m here as a patient advocate talking about the fact that medications available today are saving people’s lives, that’s what’s saving mine and after that, this interview is done.”

The reporters later returned to the hotel for a different assignment and that’s when Montel approached them and threatened to blow them up.

“As we were preparing to film, Montel walked up with his bodyguard and got in Courtney Scott’s face pointing his finger telling her ‘Don’t look at me like that. Do you know who I am? I’m a big star, and I can look you up, find where you live and blow you up,”‘ said Joseph Cosey, a web content producer for the newspaper.

Clearly, this was a euphemism for making her life miserable. Montel likes to keep it real. It’s like when people say they’re going to “bust a cap in your ass.” With either interpretation, you should be scared, but I’ve since learned it’s rather unnecessary to clutch your butt in a protective manner as you run away.

  • Excerpt from my own blog early yesterday:

    Montel Williams has multiple sclerosis, as do I, and has been the visible image of PPArx since . Now I’ve got my own opinions as to the quality of assistance which Billy Tauzin and his Orange Bus purport to provide needy individuals. [see PhRMA and PPArx: How much are they really helping patients in need?]

    Previously, I’ve given Williams the benefit of the doubt regarding the use of his image to promote a glossed-over PR concoction. I have no doubt wondered as to the level of compensation the Big Pharma lobby may be providing him, but I’ve let it go.

    Is Montel Williams Disturbed by Big Pharma?

    Also, as someone with MS, I understand the type of pain (as Ken Johnson eluded to) which can become so distracting as to limit one’s emotional control. But this is not the same as ‘pseudobulbar affect’ which is characterized by inappropriate emotional outbursts, ie. laughing uncontrollably at something sad.

    In my opinion, Montel’s behavior was inexcusable and should not be blamed on MS. In no way should he have jumped to the conclusion that Ms. Scott had ulterior motives. His behavior was simply inappropriate in normal circumstances, much less as the representative of a program which supposedly helps patients in need.

  • And moreover it was a perfectly legitimate question. The guy would seem to have a personality disorder, and that is the polite version of what I really think.

  • Tim

    …the part that you left out was the fact that the reporters he threatened to blow up were high schoolers who work with an intern program at the newspaper. Real classy Montel. Those scary 17 year old reporters, I tell you what…

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