Madonna criticised for ‘rude’ interactions with Sir Ian McKellen on ‘The Graham Norton Show’

Queen of Pop’s appearance on the chat show had a few awkward moments

Roisin O'Connor
Music Correspondent
Saturday 15 June 2019 15:57
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Madonna is famous for her dry sense of humour, but apparently not everyone watching The Graham Norton Show was a fan.

Some viewers have criticised the Queen of Pop for the way she spoke to fellow guest, actor Sir Ian McKellen, on the show, which many believe went downhill after she appeared to forget they had met before.

Sir Ian later joked that this was why Madonna hadn’t been invited to his 80th birthday party, while she appeared to mock his title of “Sir” towards the end of the interview.

There was another awkward moment where Sir Ian misunderstood Madonna’s question, “What do you do?”, to mean she didn’t know he was an actor, when in fact she was asking what he does in his new stage show.

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They were joined on Norton’s red sofa by director Danny Boyle, actors Lily James and Himesh Patel, and Sheryl Crow, who also performed her new single.

See what fans had to say about the appearance, below:

Madonna appeared on the show to discuss her new album, Madame X, which has been praised for its bold, adventurous and occasionally “bonkers” new sound.

In her review for The Independent, critic Alexandra Pollard observed the range of influences drawn from Madonna’s time spent living in Portugal.

“Recorded in Lisbon, London, New York and Los Angeles, Madame X is such a cultural melange – Latin trills, Jamaican dancehall instrumentals, African drums, choral masses and disco beats crop up throughout – that it sometimes verges on collapsing in on itself,” she wrote. “At other times, though, what is thrown at the wall sticks beautifully.”

The latest episode of The Graham Norton Show is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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