Mental Magpie wrote:
"I also don't think the reporter did anything to make it better; he only made it worse. To me it comes across as the reporter being incredibly inexperienced."
This is the thing that struck me, and the thing that gives Mr. Willis some excuse in my estimation. I've had to work with people who didn't know what they were doing, and while I do my best to maintain a professional attitude it can be incredibly frustrating when someone is so bad at it that they interfere with my ability to do my job. Mr. Willis may be in a position where some fanboi interviewer is just one too many for the day, and it showed. It's not a complete excuse, because as others said it's his job to give these interviews, but I can certainly understand his attitude.
"For me the issue is the power imbalance. Bruce Willis is allowed to be rude and snarky to the interviewer with no consequences. But the interviewer cannot act that way towards him."
That's the price that Mr. Edwards pays for parlaying someone else's fame into personal gain. People didn't tune in to hear Jamie Edwards, they tuned in to hear Bruce Willis, so it's Mr. Edwards's job to do the best he can with that. If he doesn't like that imbalance, then he shouldn't be interviewing people more famous than him for a living.