Announcers Mix-up leaves Jeremy Piven with Egg on his Face

Mar 21, 2014 at 7:15 am |
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Benedict Cumberbatch & Jeremy Piven

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Jeremy Piven and Benedict Cumberbatch were guests at a question and answer session. They were to discuss their latest British TV shows that are currently airing in the U.S. on PBS.

Jeremy Piven, who stars in Mr. Selfridge , was expecting quite a few questions about his show. But when the organizers forgot to announce him, Piven found himself to be extra to the situation as journalists focused on Benedict Cumberbatch instead.

Benedict has found fame with his role as Sherlock Holmes in the series Sherlock which airs on PBS. He also played Kahn in Star Trek into Darkness and most recently has played the dragon Smaug in the Hobbit Trilogy. Cumberbatch has also taught English at a Tibetan monastery and he studied painting at Harrow School while he was there on a scholarship.

Piven has his own list of accolades, but they may not be as impressive as Cumberbatch’s. He developed malaria while filming PCU in 1994. He also studied acting at the National Theatre in London and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut.

Jeremy Piven was recently a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live and he had this to say about the situation…”PBS is putting it out and we went and did a Q&A for the critics and they said we were going to share it with Sherlock.”

He then stated that PBS told him “You’ll do your Q&A, they’ll do theirs, then we’ll put it out to the critics and if they have any questions they will come to the stage and ask you or Sherlock questions.”

“They guide me to the stage,” Piven continued, “And when the light came on they say, “Please give your questions to Sherlock,” and they forgot to say Mr. Selfridge. I am standing there on the stage while hundreds of people made their way to Benedict Cumberba**ch.”

He also said that being ignored because of Cumberbatch’s presence was “humbling and horrifying”.

Piven goes on to explain that his series Mr. Selfridge is like “Willy Wonka meets Tom Ford”. The series tells the story of the founder of the London store Selfridge & Co.

It seems as though Piven does not hold any animosity toward Cumberbatch. He states that he is a huge fan of the show. He also said that Benedict is a magnificent actor and gentleman.

Hopefully Jeremy can move past this little mishap and focus on his other show Entourage, where he plays Ari who is based on Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel.

Jeremy Piven and Benedict Cumberbatch attend a Q&A session hosted by PBS and because of a mix-up Piven is overlooked by the journalists that are in attendance.