Michael Bublé embraces ‘rude’ side and walkouts

North Stars
December 15, 2011

Call him irresponsible, but Michael Bublé embraces his "rude" side.

The Canadian crooner has admitted that "almost every night" he takes the stage, audience members ask for their money back.

"I get letters saying, 'I really liked you but you were crude, you were rude, you used foul language, you were suggestive,'" he recently told Britain's Telegraph.

But Bublé doesn't just use "foul language" during his shows. Just this month he used an expletive to blast another outspoken music star, "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell. Bublé claimed the reality TV grump "killed" him in 2007 when Cowell rolled his eyes during Bublé's performance on "Idol" of "Call Me Irresponsible."

"My confidence dropped," he told the Radio Times. "I get the attitude of, 'Oh really? Well, f--- you. You don't like me? Then go f--- yourself.'"

A month prior, the 36-year-old BC native unleashed another public expletive during a live concert in New York. Leading the chorus of Kardashian haters, he joked about Kim coming on stage to perform with him .

"Nah, just f---ing with you!" he bellowed. "That b---h isn't coming on my stage."

To add insult to injury, he dedicated Nina Simone's "Feeling Good" to Kardashian's recent ex, Kris Humphries.

He probably wasn't feeling so good last year either when he was forced to re-film parts of "An Audience With..." because of his graphic answers to questions from celebrities. After a British TV presenter asked if Bublé entered the music profession to meet women, for example, he replied, "At 12 years old I'd have had sex with sandwich meat if it was possible." Ew.

His comments on Canadian an U.S. relations were less disgusting (but equally controversial). After winning the award for Favourite Adult Contemporary artist at the American Music Awards last year, Bublé joked that the U.S. was nothing more than a country of gluttons.

"While you guys are sitting, getting fat, us Canadians are ready to take over," he quipped backstage. "We're plotting: We've got me, [Justin] Bieber, Celine [Dion], Alanis [Morissette] ... Nickelback is very strong, Tragically Hip and Jim Carey -- all coming for you."

That same year, Bublé and Stephen Colbert sang "O Canada" to the tune of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Vancouver Olympics. After the show, Bublé claimed, with a laugh, that he was pretty sure he offended everyone listening.

But it is Bublé who has the last laugh. Though his agents worried that he was "losing the audience" with his colourful personality, he has sold more than 35 million albums and last week topped the Billboard 200 for best-selling album worldwide (for his holiday-themed record, "Christmas").

"I don't want some stuck-up prude so up their own a** they can't laugh at themselves," Bublé told the Telegraph. "Give me my kind of people, and we'll be fine."


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