David Letterman with talk show interview guest Bruce Willis
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Highlights

  • Bruce Willis wore a raw meat hat on The Late Show with David Letterman, following Lady Gaga’s infamous meat dress incident.
  • Willis made jokes about his meat hat and even offered Letterman a fork to eat it off his head.
  • A montage of Willis’ appearances on Letterman’s show revealed his history of wearing eye-catching items on his head, including wigs and painted designs.

During the later years of Bruce Willis‘ career, fans paid a lot of attention to his contentious interviews. While it makes sense that those moments got a lot of headlines at the time, more context for his behavior later came out. It is also worth noting that Willis used to seem like he enjoyed being interviewed by people like David Letterman.

As the star of a slew of movies that made a fortune, Willis could have mailed in his talk show appearances. After all, Willis earned lots of money and Letterman is rich so he likely wouldn’t be offended. Despite that, Willis went so far as to once wear a meat hat on Letterman’s show to entertain the audience.


Why David Letterman Walked Off His Show After Eating Meat From Guest Bruce Willis’ Head

The story of David Letterman and Bruce Willis’ meat incident on The Late Show comes directly from Lady Gaga’s most famous stunt. At the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, Lady Gaga won a slew of awards. That night, Gaga’s music videos won Video of the Year, Best Female Video, Best Pop Video, Best Dance Music Video, Best Collaboration, Best Direction, Best Choreography, and Best Editing.

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Given how many awards Gaga’s music videos won, that should have gotten all the headlines. Instead, the main thing people talked about from that night was the raw meat dress that Gaga infamously wore.

During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Gaga explained the motivation for her meat dress. As Gaga revealed, the dress was meant to be part of her protests against the “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” army policy that was very controversial.

“It’s certainly no disrespect to anyone that’s vegan or vegetarian. As you know, I’m the most judgment-free human being on the Earth. It has many interpretations, but for me this evening it’s [saying], ‘If we don’t stand up for what we believe in, if we don’t fight for our rights, pretty soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our bones.’“

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Even after Gaga explained that she had a serious motivation for her meat dress, many observers had no idea that was the case. Instead, most observers and comedians solely focused on joking about Gaga’s infamous dress.

David Letterman with talk show interview guest Bruce Willis
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In the aftermath of the hoopla over Gaga’s meat dress, Bruce Willis appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. From the moment that Willis made his way out on Letterman’s stage, it was clear that he was trying to get in on the meat dress mockery train.

After all, Willis walked out on stage with a hat on his head that was clearly made up of raw meat. Still, Letterman joked that Willis had dyed his hair instead of acknowledging the meat on his guest’s head.

Bruce Willis seasoning a raw meat hat
Via: CBS

If there was any question about what Willis was up to, the famed actor quickly out that to rest by bringing up Gaga’s meat dress.

“This is all natural… It’s a meat hair-piece inspired by, who’s that crazy, Gaga… Huge fan of Gaga.”

Willis later went on to explain exactly what kind of meat it was that he was donning on his head. After that, Willis joked about his beauty regimen, which supposedly included his raw meat hat.

“It’s 100% ground beef sirloin. Top-shelf organic. Showering isn’t a problem; I took a shower a couple of hours ago. Lather, rinse, repeat and tenderise…”

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At this point in the interview, it may have seemed like there wasn’t much more to do. After all, how many raw meat jokes can anyone expect a movie star and a talk show host to make without the aid of a slew of writers?

As it turned out, however, Willis had something else in mind. After asking Letterman if he had eaten before filming the show, Willis pulled out salt and pepper shakers. Willis then proceeded to season the meat that was on his head before handing Letterman a fork and giving the host instructions.

“Dig in buddy. Carefully. Carefully. Oh yes. That’s it. That’s the good part right there.”

David Letterman laughing
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As Letterman held a fork full of raw beef that had been on Willis’s head, the host looked like he didn’t want anything to do with it. More notably, the groaning studio audience made it clear those in attendance couldn’t believe what they were seeing.

Always a good sport, Letterman eventually shoved the meat in his mouth and began chewing. After chewing for a moment, Letterman held up a finger and walked offstage where a camera caught him getting rid of the meat he chewed in a trash can.

When Letterman returned to the stage, he jokingly denied that he went backstage because of the meat.

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This montage of Willis’ appearances on Letterman’s show was fascinating for several reasons. Most obviously, it was amazing to get a picture of how many times Willis appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman over the years.

Who were David Letterman’s favorite repeat guests according to Rolling Stone?

  • Terri Garr
  • Robin Williams
  • Tom Hanks
  • Regis Philbin
  • Amy Sedaris
  • Julia Roberts
  • Howard Stern
  • Steven Martin
  • Bill Murray
  • Bruce Willis

It also was surprising to see how many times Willis did goofy things on the Late Show with David Letterman. Best known as a serious action star, Willis was never famous for being silly, so the montage would likely surprise many of his fans.

Bruce Willis wearing a huge wig
Via: CBS

The montage also puts Willis’ appearance wearing a raw meat hat in a new context. The reason for that is the montage included lots of footage of Willis wearing eye-catching things on his head.

In many cases, Willis could be seen wearing colorful and elaborate wigs. Willis also appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman wearing hats and he even had an 8-ball painted on his head once.

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