Okay, since I saw someone bring it up in a reblog, I just want to clear the air on something.
Zimbio recently posted a list of the best and worst celebrity tippers. In it, they recirculated a story about Piven that is one of the most hilarious rumors I’ve ever heard. It goes like something like this (some details vary, depending on which gossip site posts the story, which is the NUMBER ONE WAY to tell if it’s an urban legend guys, just so you know):
Jeremy and a group of people went out to dinner at a Nobu restaurant. Apparently the service was subpar (or something), and as a result, Jeremy ended up leaving a signed copy of an Entourage DVD as a tip. Nobu apparently banned him after this.
This story is a couple years old, and I think it started right around the time when he dropped out of Speed the Plow because that’s the way it goes with celebrity gossip. One domino falls, and so do the rest of them, whether they’re true or not. It’s the bandwagon effect: if someone does one “bad” thing, there’s a good chance they’ve done another bad thing, right? And thus, the stories start flying.
Now, there are a few things wrong with the story to begin with that make it kind of implausible. One, the waiter’s name is NEVER mentioned, which is something suspicious to begin with. Two, who the hell just carries around signed copies of dvds? Where would he even put it? Three, the man has been photographed coming out of Nobu restaurants since then, which if he was banned from them, could not happen. But, let’s say those aren’t all ridiculously questionable details to begin with…
About two weeks after the story broke, it came out that the rumor was completely fabricated. Not only did Jeremy NOT leave a signed dvd, but he wasn’t even the one in charge of paying. It was a dinner for the cast and producers of Entourage, and so the bill fell to HBO, not Jeremy. Even the manager of the Nobu restaurant that this ordeal supposedly happened at came forward, and directly declined that the incident ever happened, that Jeremy was NOT banned from the restaurant, and that none of his waitstaff had ever reported an incident like that.
So why did that part of the story never get retold? The main problem with internet journalism, and particularly when it comes to celebrities is that no one bothers to fact check. Ever. There is no investigative reporting on the incident, and no one ever bothers to call the parties involved to see how true the rumor is. So when eventually the truth does come out, it’s VERY rare that the story is ever corrected, because it would just prove that the writers of these sites have no business trying to let us in on the “truth” behind celebrities. Which would put them out of jobs.
I will say here and now that if the story had ANY validity to it, I wouldn’t be standing on the soapbox to correct it. There are plenty of less than noble things that have been attributed to him over the years (like texting two girls in one night, and them BOTH showing up at his hotel, although I don’t really consider that un-noble because whatever, get it get it, but still) that are completely and totally plausible, but this is not one of them. Not only because the story itself is completely ridiculous, but also because it’s been proven untrue.