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'Inside the Actors Studio' celebrates 250 episodes with a star-studded two-hour special event

by jmaloni

Press release

Tue, May 7th 2013 08:10 pm

Featuring all new interviews with Bradley Cooper, Dave Chappelle, Robert DeNiro, Jennifer Lopez and More

Bravo Media's Emmy-nominated series "Inside the Actors Studio," hosted by James Lipton, reaches a milestone of 250 episodes with a two-hour event on Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m. Lipton sits down for new interviews with former guests, including Actors Studio alumnus Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, Jennifer Lopez, Christopher Walken, Barbara Walters, Dave Chappelle, Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, Ellen Burstyn and Spike Lee.

Notable fans of the show, including Katie Couric, Donald Trump and Sugar Ray Leonard, share their favorite guests and moments from the past 19 seasons. For a sneak peak, visit http://www.bravotv.com/inside-the-actors-studio/season-19/videos/250th-episode-james-lipton-has-no-fear

"This is the episode toward which we've been building for nearly 19 years!" Lipton said. "It's not a summing up, because we're still busily shooting episodes with guests like Liam Neeson, Hugh Jackman and Tina Fey. It's a celebration, featuring a glittering parade of our most memorable moments, chosen - on air - by a galaxy of favorite former guests and some of our most renowned fans from every walk of life in talks with me, and by our viewers in America and around the world. In short, it's two hours of laughter, tears and surprises, leading to the moment this multitude of witnesses has chosen as the most thrilling 'Inside' memory of all ... so far."

Viewers will see highlights of Lipton's famous Bernard Pivot questionnaire (complete with curse words), as well as a retrospective of hilarious moments, including Chris Rock's expulsion from Bible school, Seth McFarland as his "Family Guy" alter-ego Peter Griffin, Will Smith's assessment as to whether or not Lipton can "get jiggy with it" and Will Ferrell's impersonation of Lipton himself. The show will also look back on some of Lipton's most revealing interviews including Dave Chappelle's mysterious trip to Africa, Angelina Jolie's sensuality, Barbra Streisand's relationship with her mother, and Drew Barrymore's childhood substance abuse.

Bravo is letting viewers in on the action with a poll on www.BravoTV.com where fans can vote for their favorite episode of the series. The contenders have been narrowed down to Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Chapelle, and George Clooney. Lipton will announce the winner of the poll during the 250th episode.

To vote (by May 9 at 6 p.m.), visit http://www.bravotv.com/inside-the-actors-studio/season-19/vote-for-your-favorite-episode-of-inside-the-actors-studio.

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