Actor Danny Masterson has had quite the fall from grace, and rightfully so.
Masterson, who is best known for his roles as Hyde in That 70’s Show and Rooster in The Ranch, now faces 30 years to life in prison after being charged with three counts of rape following allegations that he raped three separate women from 2001 to 2003.
Amidst all of the reaction to the recent sentencing, an old interview that Masterson did on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in 2004 has surfaced, and it’s a little eerie considering the timeline of everything.
Legendary late night host Conan O’Brien was interviewing Masterson to promote That 70’s Show and was talking about where Danny was from, and why you couldn’t tell based on his dialect.
“You have no accent though. You have no Long Island accent that I can discern.”
Masterson replied by saying that it was because he hadn’t lived in the Long Island area for quite some time, and his accent had sort of dissipated over the years. He then brings up a rather troubling anecdote that is very unsettling to listen to with hindsight:
“Not really. I’ve been in LA for like 10 years… It goes away naturally and then there’s also certain words that there’s nothing you can do about.
My friend Buddy Elfman, he always teases me and says ‘Hi my name’s Danny Masterson, would you like to touch my balls?’
You know, doing an imitation of me, because certain words you just can’t get away with.”
Conan, trying to keep the show lighthearted, laughed and tried to comically dive into the detail that Masterson shared:
“So why are you asking people to do that? That’s the more important question.”
Without hesitation, the actor responds:
“I mean, you’ve got them? You know what I mean? Everybody should grab em’.”
O’Brien was trying to play it cool, but the comments were obviously troubling the legendary TV host. He again tried to jokingly play it off and say:
“Yeah, right. That’s the more important thing. Umm…I’ve heard about you…and you’ll be caught soon. I know you will.”
Somehow Conan knew from the get-go that something was off with Masterson, and basically “called it,” albeit 20 years early (or one could say 20 years too late). In the most chilling part of the video, Masterson actually agrees with O’Brien saying that he’ll get caught, muttering:
Of course, with Masterson’s heinous actions occurring between 2001 and 2003, this interview was right around the same time.
A pretty uncomfortable interview all around, and one that is definitely making its rounds on social media now that Danny Masterson has been sentenced to prison.
I guess you could have submitted that as evidence in the trial? Conan was obviously joking about the whole thing, but watching the interview now shows that the red-haired TV personality was actually right.
The full interview from Late Night with Conan O’Brien can be viewed below: