Tuesday, June 14, 2011

VIDEO: Shannon Tweed busts Gene Simmons’ family jewels on the Today Show

Wow, you could cut the tension with a knife.

Shannon Tweed completely busted Gene Simmons’ family jewels on US national TV Monday morning.

The pair’s visit to the NBC Today Show was scheduled to promote the upcoming new season of the KISS bassist’s alleged reality series. In a teaser clip from the show, Tweed confronts Simmons about a photo of the rocker posing outside a Hollywood restaurant with two young blondes on his arm. Simmons tries to explain that he had no idea who the women were, prompting Tweed to snap, "I'm sick of hearing it, I'm sick of seeing it, and I'm sick of looking at it... Gene, please don't play me for a fool."

Tweed looks visibly upset throughout the NBC interview while Gene is clearly uncomfortable, even to the point of being speechless, and how many times has anyone seen the fast talker in that shape?

When asked about their 28-year relationship, Tweed responded “the last two were a bitch,” adding the relationship “has pretty much unraveled.”

“I’m done. We held it together until [the kids] got to college,” Shannon said.

Knowing Gene’s constant need to promote and market himself, I’d like to suggest that it’s hard to tell if this ‘friction’ is a publicity stunt or not – but this does look like the real thing.

It will be interesting to see the fallout from the NBC session in the coming days; could it lead to a change in upcoming interviews (ie. Gene only) or an outright cancellation of some, or all, if this is a real as it looks.

Stay tuned.

Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed – interview
NBC – The Today Show – June 13, 2011

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