Asked if he and Rihanna locked lips, the actor stammers out a response

By Kristin Boehm
Updated October 18, 2007 05:00 PM

Josh Hartnett was caught off-guard on national television Thursday when he was asked about rumors of a makeout session with Rihanna (which both have denied).

The Hollywood heartthrob – on The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet to promote his new vampire flick, 30 Days of Night – didn’t expect the talk show duo to launch into the sort of personal question that arose.

“Let’s just get it out in the open here,” co-host Mike Jerrick declared after Juliet Huddy praised the actor for keeping his personal life out of the media spotlight – until recently.

“You were kissing on Rihanna,” stated Jerrick matter-of-factly.

Hartnett, 29, was visibly uncomfortable with the topic. “Whoa, whoa, whoa … No, no, no … C’mon you guys … This is … uh … We weren’t supposed to talk about these things were we?”

Huddy replied, “You don’t have to talk about it if you don’t want to.”

The actor replied: “I can’t really respond to things like that because if I start responding to them everybody will want a response on anything.”

“Half … 95 percent of the stuff written about me is not true,” Hartnett concluded.

And, for the record, he was born in Minnesota, not San Francisco as commonly misreported, he said.