Jordan Belfort is a convicted criminal. He served 22 months in prison for scamming investors out of $200 million and after that, he wrote a book about what he’d done, which Martin Scorsese adapted into a movie, which made Belfort feel cool and first name basis-y with Leonard DiCaprio. Currently, he charges people money to hear him give speeches about being a crook, which appears to be the only way he supports himself and pays back his clients (or doesn’t). You might say that Belfort has capitalized on the fact that he’s an ex-con, and profited from the attention paid to his fraudulent activities. And if you said that, you’d be right.

Unfortunately, not everyone knows the rules regarding how Belfort’s most valuable asset– that is, his cheating ways and the time he did in jail for them– can be discussed about. They are:

1. Only Belfort may talk about all the years he spent ripping Stratton Oakmont investors off, and only in the context of him being totally rehabilitated now.

2. No one else (interviewers, journalists, his mother) can mention the stuff he’s done, allude to it, or even give him a look that suggests they might be thinking about it.

3. If rule No. 2 is violated, Belfort has the right to fly off the handle and make unintentionally hilarious statements about the quality of someone else’s work. “60 Minutes” reporter Liz Hayes had not been apprised of the ground rules prior to her sit down with the Wolf of Wall Street auteur, and that’s this had to happen:

In the explosive one-on-one, the former stockbroker loses his temper and terminates the interview in a rage. “I’ve said enough about this, let’s move on, since you’ve stonewalled me at every step!” Belfort spits at Hayes. “I’m done with this, I’m not gonna get attacked here — you’ve got a lot of nerve boy, I‘ll tell you!” he adds, before storming out. The surprised reporter asks: “Why can’t I ask these questions?” But what does Hayes ask to make Belfort crack?

She asks: “The last thing is that you have an oral contract with your management, the Fordham company, is that an attempt to hide your income?” This tips Belfort over the edge and he rises from his chair, declaring “no one’s ever treated me as disrespectfully as you have,” leaving the reporter dumbfounded. Belfort eventually returned to the room, but not before accusing Hayes of doing “a hatchet job” of the interview.

‘Wolf of Wall Street’ explodes, walks off set in TV interview [NYP]

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  1. Posted by guesticles | May 12, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    the douche is strong in this one.

  2. Posted by Guest | May 12, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    I'm totally with Belfort on this one – the media really need to learn some respect. It's our job to decide what questions we'll answer, their job is to read the teleprompter.

    -Timmy G.

  3. Posted by Puck It | May 12, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Let me see if I understand this……dude agrees to be interviewed by 60 Minutes and didn't expect tough questions. What a moron.

    —The ghost of Mike Wallace

  4. Posted by UFOinsider | May 12, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    I still say we beat this guy up and rob him.

  5. Posted by Fashion Quant | May 12, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    I am disappointed he isn't wearing gold chains underneath that open shirt.

  6. Posted by dfsfs | May 12, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    "I'll just mark that down as a yes"

  7. Posted by Joe | May 12, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Evidently you haven't watched 60 minutes lately. Their ratings are in the toliet. They only did the interview after the movie was a hit.

  8. Posted by Puck It | May 13, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Obviously I haven't watched the show…..I've been dead for a couple of years. Duh.

    —The ghost yadda yadda