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Anne Hathaway’s ‘Tonight Show’ interview takes cringey turn after audience reacts in silence to her question

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Anne Hathaway’s appearance on “The Tonight Show” took an uncomfortable turn after she learned the audience hadn’t read the book that her new film, “The Idea of You,” is based on.

While on stage with host Jimmy Fallon on Monday, the “Les Misérables” actress asked, “Has anybody here read the book?”

Silence filled the room as the comedian quickly chimed in, “No, we don’t read. This is ‘The Tonight Show.’ You want to go to Stephen Colbert if you want to get people to read books. Lame!”

Anne Hathaway
While discussing her new film, “The Idea of You,” the actress asked the crowd if they’d read the book it is based on. The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon
Anne Hathaway
The audience responded in silence. The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon

“We do Audible here,” Fallon, https://cdn.thefoxposts.com/vimedia/2024/05/02/a6fdc4df21c4ehttps://cdn.thefoxposts.com/vimedia/2024/05/02/e09247https://cdn.thefoxposts.com/vimedia/2024/05/02/e0924778eb33b6b23a09352fbe197572.webpeb33b6b23a09352fbe197572.webp8de191869e64db5a.webp, quipped.

Hathaway, 41, appeared embarrassed as she covered her face while laughing and taking a moment to compose herself.

She recovered quickly, later adding, “What’s a book?”

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Quickly chiming in, host Jimmy Fallon said, “No, we don’t read. This is ‘The Tonight Show.'” The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon
Anne Hathaway
“You want to go to Stephen Colbert if you want to get people to read books. Lame!” he added. The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon

Fans praised the “Interstellar” star in the comments of the clip posted to X, with one writing, “This is seriously so funny I can’t stop thinking about it. Anne is fighting for her life up there and handling it like a pro.”

“Her actual shock in that moment (sic) so good,” another wrote with a laughing face emoji.

“That was a genuinely funny moment from Fallon,” a third added.

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Hathaway took a moment to laugh off the awkward moment, later adding, “What’s a book?” The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon
Anne Hathaway
Several people on social media praised the “Princess Diaries” star for handling the humiliating moment like a champ. annehathaway/Instagram

Hathaway has spent the week promoting her forthcoming film, which is set to be released on May 2.

While on her press tour, the “Princess Diaries” star reflected on growing up in the limelight, including some other cringey experiences she had while starting her career.

Speaking to V Magazine earlier this month, she recalled being asked to kiss 10 men to determine if there was chemistry between them.

Anne Hathaway
“Anne is fighting for her life up there and handling it like a pro,” one person wrote. Getty Images
Anne Hathaway
“Her actual shock in that moment so good,” another added. AP

“I was told, ‘We have 10 guys coming today and you’re cast. Aren’t you excited to make out with all of them?'” she said.

“And I thought, ‘Is there something wrong with me?’ Because I wasn’t excited. I thought it sounded gross.”

At the time, Hathaway went along with the test to avoid being “difficult,” explaining, “It was just a very different time and now we know better.”

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