Russell Crowe allegedly storms out of event in tirade because the host trashed Roger Ailes


Actor Russell Crowe had to understand that by accepting the role of the late Roger Ailes, the former Fox News chief who stepped down in 2016 following allegations of sexual harassment, controversy was sure to follow.

Crowe plays Ailes in the new Showtime series, “The Loudest Voice,” and, according to Page Six, “had another of his trademark meltdowns this week” at a Q&A event.

The celebrity and entertainment news source reported that the “tirade” was a result of Crowe defending Ailes. The actor was to take part in a panel discussion about the new series at Build Studio in the Village, Page Six reported, citing a source.

But all that changed when he reportedly took exception to the host’s introduction, which cast Ailes in a negative light.

“It was harmless,” the source claimed. “But Russell threw himself into a rage as soon as he heard it. It had not been preapproved by his people. He refused to walk out on the stage. He was screaming at people and then just stormed out onto the street.”

Actors Sienna Miller, Naomi Watts, Annabelle Wallis and Seth MacFarlane were said to have already been onstage, and as host Ricky Camilleri was introducing the panel, he said Ailes bullied journalists and politicians and called him a “sick person.”

Camilleri reportedly went “further” with his negative views of Ailes.

Below is a Showtime trailer of “The Loudest Voice.”

After allegedly storming out, the source said Crowe returned to the building to do an  interview in the basement, and Camilleri and a producer went to apologize to him.

“He completely unloaded on the host!” the source said of Crowe, who was supposedly still fuming.

A Crowe representative disputed the claims, saying the reports are “not correct.”

“This is not correct,” the rep told Page Six. “Russell did not ‘freak out,’ and there was no ‘curse-filled tirade.’ He simply made the decision not to do the interview following the host’s intro.”

An anonymous panel representative is quoted as saying Crowe was concerned “the interview would be biased given our host saying [Ailes] was not a good guy.”

“That’s the end of the story,” the source added. “Our studio is a place of respect and comfort, and everyone who comes here has a great time. It’s just not true.”

On Sunday, Gretchen Carlson, who co-hosted Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” for seven years, before alleging that she was fired for refusing Ailes’ sexual advances, shares a photo of herself posing with Crowe.

Ailes resigned shortly after Carlson’s allegations, and 21st Century Fox reportedly settled with her for $20 million.

Actress Naomi Watts plays Carlson in the Showtime series.


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