Maria Menounos on Conan: Jack Nicholson got me kicked out of Lakers game
Jack Nicholson is easily the most obnoxious Los Angeles Lakers fan in America. Any NBA official who has ever worked a game at the Staples Center would almost certainly agree. But the Lakers love having him, and “Extra” host Maria Menounos learned that the hard way during the NBA Finals in 2010.
Menounos, who grew up in Massachusetts and is a huge Boston sports fan, told Conan O’Brien earlier this week that she was sitting courtside with Dane Cook (really?) when Lakers security removed her from her seat for cheering like crazy. Guess who was behind it.
“I was at the Lakers game, I think it was Game 6 in Los Angeles,” Menounos explained. “Dane Cook and I were sitting courtside. We had made it like our job to go to all of these games and rally for our team. All of a sudden we’re sitting courtside, I’m wearing my Celtics gear screaming and going crazy, and I get booted. These guys come and pull us out of courtside. I’m like, ‘What is going on?’
“We end up in the chairman’s lounge at halftime and I’m hiding in this hallway, and all of a sudden Jack Nicholson comes out of the bathroom and he’s like (insert imitation of Nicholson’s laugh). He goes, ‘I see they moved your seat (more Nicholson laugh).’ He got me kicked out. I heard later that he called Jerry Buss and had me removed.”
This is why we like Jack better when he’s caught falling asleep at Lakers games. The fact that LA’s brass listens to him to the point where they remove people from their seats who are cheering for the opposition is pretty sad. Although, nobody likes Dane Cook, so that was probably best for everyone.