Blondie star Debbie Harry continues to brush off interview scandal

Blondie star Debbie Harry continues to brush off interview scandal

On Sunday, fans who paid to see a talk with at the Cheltenham Literature Festival Debbie Harry hit out at her ‘unstructured and uninformative’ interviewer.

Yet Debbie Harry continued to put on a defiant display after fans walked out during her interview, at the Markus Lanz Late Night Show in Hamburg on Tuesday.

The Blondie star, 74, cut a typically quirky figure in a dark rinse denim jacket which was adorned with decorative graphic panels in a variety of bold colours.

Stepping out: Debbie Harry continued to put on a defiant display after fans walked out during her interview, at the Markus Lanz Late Night Show in Hamburg on Tuesday

For the appearance, Debbie teamed her unusual jacket with a bright pink long-sleeved top and a mid-length flowing black skirt.

She added a further pop of colour with a pair of hot pink heels, which added some extra inches of height to her frame.

Debbie wore her blonde tresses swept back in a quiff, while leaving her wavy locks to hang loosely around her shoulders.

The singer added further touches of glam to her look with a pink pallet of make-up, including a shimmering smokey-eye and glossy lip.

Kooky style: The Blondie star, 74, cut a typically quirky figure in a dark rinse denim jacket which was adorned with decorative graphic panels in a variety of bold colours

All smiles: For the appearance, Debbie teamed her unusual jacket with a bright pink long-sleeved top and a mid-length flowing black skirt

This wasn’t the first time Debbie stepped out following the awkward chat, as she returned to the stage undeterred to be interviewed once again by Rob Roth on Monday night.

Wearing a black trouser suit decorated with gold and silver graphics, the Heart Of Glass singer appeared at ease as she spoke about her life at the VIP gathering – which proved to be a far cry from the uproar less than 48 hours beforehand.

On Sunday, the star appeared at the Cheltenham Literature Festival to promote her new biography, but audience members soon hit out at the host Rob Roth, accusing him of ‘terrible, disjointed questioning’ and being the ‘worst interviewer ever’. 

Interview: Debbie and her Blonde bandmate Chris Stein sat down for an interview to promote her new biography Face It at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum on Monday night

Fans then took to social media to share their scathing reviews, prompting sarcastic responses from Roth including, ‘thanks for coming on the tour bus.’

The singer was at the event to talk about her memoir charting her rise to fame with Blondie and their hits including Call Me, One Way or Another and Heart of Glass. 

She appeared alongside Blondie co-founder and former partner Chris Stein, in conversation with artist and director Rob Roth, who lead the interview on Sunday. 

At ease: Wearing a black trouser suit decorated with gold and silver graphics, the Heart Of Glass singer appeared at ease as she spoke about her life at the VIP gathering

Return: Despite protests from fans that her interviewer was ‘unstructured and uninformative’, the star returned for a stage chat with the same man

Co complaints: So far, there haven’t been any complains about the way in which Rob Roth, right, handled the interview

Guests claim Roth’s dry questions garnered little enthusiasm from his interviewees and he appeared to flounder in an hour-long interview.  

Several people left the tent before the event had finished and one staff member said they’d ‘never seen that amount of people walk out of a literature event so early’.

One ticketholder on Twitter called it ‘unstructured, uninformative and not very entertaining’, adding: ‘Very disappointing, embarrassing lack of preparation and poor delivery.

Protest: The rock icons were interviewed by Rob at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, when fans stormed out in protest of the interviwer’s style

Points of view: Fans took to social media to share their scathing reviews of the interview 

‘People left after few minutes, wish we had. Having seen many great lit fest events, a shame this was so poor.’

One audience member said: ‘Odd moves on Roth’s part included asking questions such as, ‘From the Switzerland tour…was there anything that happened that you maybe don’t remember, or anything that you’re only remembering now?’, prompting a blank look from his interviewees.’

Roth has also been accused of speaking more than his interviewees and dropping in ‘groan-inducing’ jokes. 

Scathing: Fans have now taken to social media to share their scathing reviews, prompting sarcastic responses from Roth including, ‘thanks for coming on the tour bus’

Promoting: Debbie Harry, 74, and Chris Stein, 69, of Blondie appeared at the event to promote her memoir Face It

Roth also told audience members: ‘We don’t want to hear your life story – think about a really good question and make it count!’

Another tweeted: ‘Debbie Harry interview was appalling. The interviewer was possibly the worst I’ve ever seen. So many people left.’

Roth’s style of interviewing seemed to reign as the main criticism, with one festival-goer tweeting: ‘Amazing to see Debbie Harry but boy, was it poorly done. Terrible, disjointed questioning. Such a shame.’ 

Steve Kemsley said: ‘Fantastic festival but what the hell was that Debbie Harry debacle? Walked out with loads of others! Worst ever. Disgrace!!! 

Following the talk Harry and Stein signed books and took pictures with fans.  

The Festival organisers have been approached for a comment.

Hitting out: Audience members have hit out at the host Rob Roth (not pictured), accusing him of ‘terrible, disjointed questioning’ and being the ‘worst interviewer ever’

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