Rapper Eminem's off key halftime interview on ESPN during Saturday's Notre Dame-Michigan college football game doesn't bode well for "Saturday Night Football" when the 40-year-old, 13-time Grammy winner joins the sports network's crew starting Sept. 14.
During a 20-second introduction by veteran sportscaster Brent Musburger, in which the rapper's latest single "Berzerk" was previewed, the Detroit, Mich.-born rapper stared away from the camera, hunched over with his mouth open as his body slowly swayed from left to right.
When engaged, Eminem was slow to respond, blaming his behavior on "live TV. Live TV freaks me out a little bit."
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Musburger asked Eminem how long it took to shoot a video like the one for "Berzerk" .
"Usually a two-day process. . . It's a lot of takes, a lot of sitting around waiting, but, its cool, I mean, if the video comes out then I guess it's worth it," said a seeming disinterested Eminem.
Former Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit, the other sportscaster who up until now had appeared to have been enjoying Eminem's performance, asked the rapper: "What are you most excited about with this new album?"
"Nothing," Eminem responded with a blank stare, quickly adding, "No, it'll be out November 5th. I'll probably be most excited to just be done with it."
"It's called the Marshall Mathers LP 2, and it's kind of a revisit to the first Marshall Mathers LP and that's pretty much all I can probably say about it," Eminem added with a shrug of his shoulders.
Eminem, who described himself as a "die-hard Lions fan," went on to successfully predict a Detroit Lions victory over the Minnesota Vikings during their matchup on Sunday. The Lions beat the Vikings 34-24 in their season opener.
Eminem closed out the interview telling Musburger that "Just like they have fantasy football, I’ve got you on my fantasy announcer team."
"You being a legend if you got with Al Michaels and John Madden and just called one Lions game, the Super Bowl probably would be great, this year," Eminem added. "Man that would be like a dream come true for me, you are a legend my friend, thank you."
"You are the legend my friend," Musburger countered. "Thirteen Grammies, the first rap song to win an Academy Award. . . You've sold 100 million records worldwide, you my friend are the legend."
"I'm really uncomfortable right now," Eminem concluded the interview saying amid laughs and handshakes from the two newscasters.
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