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Kristin Wong
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Matt Lauer interviewed Kanye West, Bill O'Reilly caused the ladies of The View to walk off their own show, Justin Bieber doesn't know what a German is for some reason -- From pissy mood swings and zoned out responses to controversial outbursts, here are the 10 most awkward talk show moments of 2010, now that the year is finally, officially over. Here's to another year of great television.

Letterman Interviews a Miserable Robert DeNiro with Dustin Hoffman

A humorless, almost bitter De Niro appeared on Letterman in December 2010, alongside Little Fockers costar Dustin Hoffman. During the interview, De Niro rarely chuckled, made little eye contact with Letterman, and diverted questions to Hoffman.

At one point, Hoffman told a story about how De Niro waited on him at a party in 1969. The audience seemed to find the story interesting until De Niro capped it with, "It was the night that Bobby Kennedy was assassinated." After a few seconds of dense, awkward silence, Hoffman reels the interview back in by pointing out how much of a downer De Niro is.


Harrison Ford Shows Up High to Conan Interview

Thank god Conan O'Brien knows how to handle awkwardness gracefully. When he interviewed Harrison Ford on his new talk show, it was pretty obvious Ford was mentally absent.

Ford acted weird from the very beginning of the interview, rubbing the couch profusely. He continued, explaining that a noise in the audience is "his echo" and tells Conan a blimp is "meant to be in your face. Or over your head".

Being the charmer he is, O'Brien laughed off the eccentricity, saying it was the most "honest interview" he's ever had.

If the TeamCoco video player isn't loading quickly enough for you, please click here to see this interview where Han/Indy is clearly high.

The View Women Walk Out on Bill O'Reilly

This list wouldn't be close to complete without mentioning Bill O'Reilly's incredibly awkward appearance on the View.

Already known for creating uncomfortable situations, O'Reilly actually succeeded in making the show's hosts walk off their own stage.

But for once, O'Reilly wasn't really the instigator in this situation. He wasn't exactly a Buddhist Monk, but he was about as calm as I've ever seen him. In this case, Whoopie and Joy Behar were the ones who flipped out. And they made it even more awkward when they decided to return five minutes later. As Barbara Walters explained, "We should be able to have discussions without washing our hands, screaming, and walking offstage." Touche, Babs. Touche.


Barbara Walters and Lady Gaga Mix Like Racy Pictures and Your Grandmother

It's awkward enough just hearing Barbara Walters say "Lady Gaga". But for the most part, this interview is pretty mild. As always, Walters asks relevant, well-thought out questions that reveal a lot about the person she's interviewing.

However, her interview with Lady Gaga still makes the list due to a few moments of weirdness. At the beginning of the interview, for example, Lady Gaga announces she'll make an exception and remove her sunglasses for Walters. Later, Walters asks her flat out if she's ever had sex with a woman, to which Gaga replies, "My goodness." Another example? Barbara Walters saying "loving with my muffin".

Also notably awkward is the fact that Lady Gaga and Barbara Walters, side by side, look like a before and after photo. Though I'm not sure who's before and who's after.