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Hearing Welles' stentorian voice describe frozen peas in a 1980s commercial is amusing enough. But listening to him get increasingly angry about the awful ad copy is even better.
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When the radio host was told during a 1985 broadcast to transition from an uptempo pop song into a dedication to a dead dog, he mellifluously told his producers where they could shove it.
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The actor called his daughter, Ireland, a ''thoughtless little pig'' in a leaked voicemail in 2007, and we all started looking at Jack Donaghy a little differently.
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While his angry, racist messages to ex-wife Denise Richards — released in 2008 — may be tame compared with later antics, it's still a heavy dose of crazy and nasty.
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During a January 2009 performance of Gypsy, the stage legend pulled a showstopper: She halted ''Rose's Turn'' to berate an audience member for taking pictures.
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Bale's profanity-laden dressing down of the director of photography on the set of Terminator Salvation hit the web only months before the movie was released in 2009.
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He didn't say, ''I'm Chevy Chase and you're not,'' but that was the theme of his message to Community showrunner Dan Harmon, which leaked in early April 2012.
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He again proved that the real lethal weapon is his mouth on a new recording that comes less than two years after threatening voicemails to his ex-girlfriend went public in 2010.
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Dog the Bounty Hunter
Surprise! The cable-channel vigilante who looks like a roadie for a Motley Crüe reunion tour isn't always a great guy. In 2007, the A&E star repeatedly used the N word (no, not ''nice'') in a phone call with his son that made its way online.
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The Brits have been eavesdropping on phone calls long before recent events. Enter ''Squidgygate,'' a series of intimate phone conversations from 1990 between Princess Diana and friend James Gilbey in which he refers to her with the adorable sobriquet ''Squidgy'' that hit the tabloid press in 1992 and possibly precipitated the ''Waleses'' divorce.
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Sure, you could spend weeks and months reading Robert Caro's brilliant and exhaustive series of biographies of the 36th president. Or you could spend less than five minutes on YouTube listening to him talk to his tailor about making a little extra room in his pants between his ''balls'' and his ''bunghole.'' They're both fascinating insights into a presidential mind.
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As a sportscaster and entertainment talking head, Pat O'Brien is a trusted voice despite looking like the kind of guy who might have a secret basement family. O'Brien's dark side came out when a series of sexually explicit voicemails entered the public arena in 2005.
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Buddy Rich's drum solos were explosive, but so was his temper. When he wasn't pounding the skins, he ran a tight ship, and audio of him upbraiding his band members on the tour bus for a lackluster performance was eye-opening.
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An aspiring journalist called into King's show looking for some advice, but instead gets a rambling string of nonsense that barely works as an e.e. cummings poem. Was King drunk? Exhausted? Were his suspenders cutting off the blood flow to his brain? Who knows, but if you listen to only one of these clips, I humbly suggest it be this one.
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The British band who brought us ''Wild Thing'' weren't happy campers in the recording studio. Word is, the extended tapes of the musicians arguing partly inspired the rockers' banter in This Is Spinal Tap.