Jeremy Piven banned from Nobu

March 26th, 2007 // 84 Comments

Jeremy Piven has been banned from Nobu Matsuhisa’s restaurants after he left a DVD of the first season of Entourage as a tip. He was in Aspen for the recent US Comedy Arts Festival and a source says:

“He was asked never to return to Matsuhisa in Aspen by a manager. He came in with a large group of 12 or more without reservations and asked for a table. It was a very busy night, but a table, although cramped, was provided. On his way out, he made a nasty comment to the manager: ‘Thanks for nothing.’ He left a DVD of the first year of ‘Entourage’ to one of the waiters. [An employee] ran up the stairs and hurled it at him as he was leaving.”

I tried that once and left an autographed picture of myself as a tip. Only instead of getting mad and throwing it back at me the waitress started making out with it and rubbing it all over her body. And then her friends joined in and they all got naked. Okay fine I lied. They were naked the whole time.



  1. Seattle

    What an ass. I never liked that guy anyway.

  2. Yenstah

    Wow, some third rate Hollywood loser acting like an asshole. Sssssshocking!

  3. Skip Smith

    Alternative story: the restaurant lost his reservation, seated 12 people at a table meant for 8, and treated everyone like shit because this is an Aspen restaurant and oh-so-cool.

  4. HollyJ

    Colorado is full of rich pussy white people, but this guy is the King of all Cocksuckers

  5. thebor

    What a dick, seriously as I am sure most of everyone in this site is as well, I am a restaurant vet. This cock sucker should be drawn and quartered and served with a nice Chianti. PCU dude, PCU!

  6. MrSemprini

    Boy, and I thought I was a bad tipper. I bow to his genius….

  7. 21st century digital boy

    First of all, who the hell carries around a DVD to a restaurant? Secondly, where the hell would he keep it? His purse? Rise, Jeremy Piven. I hereby dub thee into the Order of Ultimate Douchebaggery.

    If I were his waiter, I would have broken the DVD in half and stabbed him in the back with the pieces he was leaving.

  8. Donkey

    He’s barely even famous in the first place!
    But, I guess he is at least famous to some degree…. and I’m not. So, back to reality and back to my Cheetos and beer. (< >)

  9. ∴dαnielle∴

    Come on! This is completely false.

    Everyone knows there’s no such thing as an “Entourage: First Year” DVD!

    Ya sure it wasn’t Sex in the City?

  10. anothershityear

    somebody should’ve thrown a playing card (or the DVD) in his forehead

  11. biatcho

    New Fishdoode – give it up with the “that’s like when I” writing. Nobody cares, and absolutely never funny.

  12. M

    I would believe 3. Piven may have been a jerk (for whatever reason) but the restaurant has primadonna issues of its own. In this match of un-classy behavior I declare a draw.

  13. anothershityear

    just think about that for a minute..
    he used giving an Entourage DVD, AS AN INSULT
    what does that say about what he thinks about his own shit-show

    the truly amazing part of this story, is that it wasn’t “The First AND ONLY Year”

  14. jrzmommy

    It’s Asspen – the waiters would have been prancing with delight if he had given a DVD of “Angels in America.”

  15. jpjrocks

    After he left the restaurant he proceeded to rub baby lotion all over his body and ‘cry cry cry’ all the way home

  16. nidge

    If this story’s true, two things come to mind:

    1) Somebody really thinks they’re more important and more famous than they actually are


    2) The worst part is, years from now, we’re going to have to listen to this guy on the Surreal Live 35, or whatever, talk about how he “was arrogant and didn’t appreciate what he had when he had it” and all of that, while he looks around for a comeback gig.



  17. CobraStarship

    Jeremy Piven is an asshole.

    Assholes are my heroes.

    Therefore, Jeremy Piven is my hero.

  18. 4DPants

    @15: Huh?

  19. chelsea_423

    I don’t see what’s wrong with this. Tipping is an act of thanks for exceptional service. If he doesn’t feel he received good service, he shouldn’t have to tip no matter how rich he is. Besides, an entire season on DVD would run about $50 – that’s not a bad tip.
    I do smell bullshit on this story though. Who really carries around box sets of DVDs to dinner?

  20. biatcho

    Isn’t it a universal restaurant code that if you have a party of 6 or more a 20% gratuity is added into your check? Therefore he shouldn’t even had to do the math, which was probably part of his problem.

  21. Is this guy a celeb?

  22. BaldingSuperhero

    Who the hell is this guy?

  23. BarbadoSlim

    File under: Who the fuck is this?-Who gives a rat’s ass?-Where’s John Cusack?

  24. lambman

    I’m sorry, but regardless of what the management did or didn’t do it is not fair to stiff the waiter/waitress out of a tip for a table of 12! I have friends that are servers, and those people live off of their tips.

  25. thebor


    Servers make (By Law) $2-$3 per hour, a 12 top table would be your only table of the night at a whoopdy doo rest. How would you like it if you worked and on your way out the door your boss gave you a DVD, instead of probably $300-$500+. JP is a douche, true or not.

    Sorry tipping shit strikes a nerve with me.

    Bad tippers should be shot on sight!!!

  26. clairargent

    @19 I’ll tell you what’s wrong with this. Restaurant servers make $2.65 an hour. They have to pay income tax on 20% or their sales whether you give it to them or not. After they get this alleged 20% tip that, the management is going to make them give up anywhere from 10% to 50% of their nightly take to supplement the wages of the bartenders and bussers, both of whom get paid more per hour than the waitstaff. You don’t show up at a busy restaurant with a party of twelve and expect to be seated right away, I don’t care who you are. He probably worked in food service before he became “famous”, so he should know better. The first season dvd of “Entourage” isn’t going to put food on the table. Jeremy Piven is a fucking asshole. The next person who waits on him anywhere should put a few drops of visine in his drinking water.

  27. Haha. It’s funny because that’s such Ari-esque thing to do.

    I love Entourage.

  28. BarbadoSlim

    @26…don’t worry, with the bad rep he’s been cultivating lately he’ll be back in the food service industry shortly.

  29. GG 4.33

    Cheap fuck….A DVD of your show? What an ego…

  30. GG 4.33

    #28…very true. Word gets around Hollywood about difficult people. You can’t get away with everything in Hollywood, like some people think.

  31. iamsosmrt

    This guy is a major butthole.
    #1. He is ugly and balding.
    #2. He is how old and still hasn’t found anyone who wants to marry or even get engaged to hairy middleaged ass.
    #3.He takes his mom to every event (which btw is what lame guys do to impress feeble minded bimbo’s, then they ditch Mommy at the afterparty and hook up with skanks) Mom is used as a cute dog or a baby in a stroller; parade them around like your mr. sensitive and then reap the dim but slutty benefits.
    #4. He used to be best friends John Cusack with but they aren’t anymore apparently Piven has gotten a little full of himself since his mediocre tv fame.
    #5. He has also gotten into fights with people on the red carpet (Stephen Dorff) and insults the shit out of people who interview him.
    Yeah it’s funny when people are rude … in movies. But, when you have to actually deal with some short, chubby, balding douche who thinks he’s better than everyone it’s time for someone to take that Entourage first season dvd and slice his balls open with it.

    But why bother, look at him he’s gonna have a miserable life anyway.Plus one day he’ll piss off the wrong person and the headline will read.

    “Jeremy piven banned from earth; welcomed in hell”

  32. jrzmommy

    Nice thoughts but nfw. There will always be plenty of work for the actors identified with the type character Piven plays in every movie or show. Behaving that way in real life only helps him with audience acceptance. It’d be different if he wanted to do lots of different roles, or be a lead actor, but as a supporting actor plug-in he’s untouchable right now. You need a lot more than bitchy comments from the public-restroom-sex gay staff at a snooty restaurant in snobby Asspen to take him down. It’d have to be something like arrests for domestic assault (but look at Tom Sizemore), or maybe killing a family of 6 in a DUI crash. Or claiming to be Dannilynn’s father.

  33. Conky

    Something smells like bullshit.

    As previously noted, parties of 8 or more are automatically tip-raped at any restaurant. Especially high-end joints.

    And why would some snooty Aspen restaurant try to drop a load on ANY celebrity unless they were trying to make themselves a bigger name.(I’d never heard of this place but I rarely go to Aspen)

    It’s also touching that so many readers here work in the food industry but I’d like to hear both sides of this story before declaring anyone an asshole for stiffing on a tip.

  34. neo_maxie_zoom_dweebie

    #9 You’re just embarassing yourself constantly, aren’t ya?–pi-1993283.html

  35. redsonja1313

    @31 you forgot Short !!! Like I could rest a beer on his head short !!!

    @ 26 !!!!!!!!!!! YOU ROCK !!!!!
    If you can’t afford to tip you can’t afford to eat out !!!!!!!!!!!

    NEVER piss off a food server or Bartender before you have got your food and or drink.

    Ahhhh the things you can do with out a “guests” knowledge !!!!

  36. redsonja1313

    Oh and for those who think that the tip is autmatcilly added for 8 or more. I can not speak for Colordao but in Cali if you do not inform the guest prior to seating them that the tip will be added you can not. Most high end establishments do not do this as they know it offends many patrons and that most people will leave more than the 18% if not forced to tip.

  37. imran karim

    i don’t like nobu that much

  38. woodhorse

    The restaurant owner is as big a prick as Piven – $2.65 an hour?? That means the GP is supposed to cough up the rest of his employees salaries. Asshole. Waitresses should get minimum wage and tips. What asshole lawmaker is allowing this to go on? Should I start asking for tips at my work, too? (I would be fired)

  39. Philip Ramirez

    that’s pretty awesome of him. True to his character :D

  40. #19 chelsea_423

    You said

    “I don’t see what’s wrong with this. Tipping is an act of thanks for exceptional service.”

    Actually that isn’t true. Restaurants are allowed to pay their waitstaff far below minimum wage because of the assumption that they will be tipped on every meal. In fact that IRS automatically assumes you are tipped and if you don’t declare that you are tipped out at least around 10-12% on your tax forms they will audit a waiter for that.

    The bright side of tipping, as any person from Europe will tell you, even in our cheap restaurants like Chilli’s etc… the service is better than much of the service they get over there. Especially in Germany.

    Oh, and I almost forgot. Even if the story isn’t true….He still sounds like he’s become a real douchebag.

  41. neo_maxie_zoom_dweebie

    Perfect example of someone who’s pissed off for having been sidelined, side-kicked and kept at arm’s legth – and now he’s showing everyone how wrong they were all those years, right? His buddy John Cusack is talented as hell and you never hear of him pulling shit like this.

  42. Troller

    I’m very sorry the government taxes their tips, that’s fucked up. That ain’t my fault. It would seem to me that waitresses are one of the many groups the government fucks in the ass on a regular basis. Look, if you ask me to sign something that says the government shouldn’t do that, I’ll sign it, put it to a vote, I’ll vote for it, but what I won’t do is play ball. And as for this non-college bullshit I got two words for that: learn to fuckin’ type, ’cause if you’re expecting me to help out with the rent you’re in for a big fuckin’ surprise – Mr. Pink

  43. sikofdis

    While I do think JP is very funny, this is an uncool story if it is true. I waited tables for a long time and getting merch as tips is totally lame. Also, not every state pays waiters that low, but lots do. It sucks that servers have to work that hard for (shitty wage +) tips, but few if any enter into the profession without knowing that…

    I have “mad respect” for all the waiters out there, but I’ve received many far-worse tips in my 10+ years in the biz….

  44. pjfan281

    “I tried that once and left an autographed picture of myself as a tip. Only instead of getting mad and throwing it back at me the waitress started making out with it and rubbing it all over her body.”

    again, who the hell writes for this site? worst commentary ever! its like a 14 year old

  45. NotTheMomma

    Don’t know if anyone’s posted it yet, but at Nobu’s, a gratuity is added when you have a party of 6 or more. So the waiter got his tip.
    So he can quit crying like a tittybaby. He was probably expecting a couple hundred just beacuse Pivin is famous.

  46. elf

    what a schmuck

  47. PrettyBaby

    #44 – agreed. The little self-referencing stories are lame. It’s hard to do well, but it can be done. Here’s somebody old-timey Fishers might remember, blurbing for a Halle Berry story elsewhere and showing how it’s done:

    Halle Berry tells InStyle magazine this month that she has a simple test that she takes once a year to gauge if she

  48. wedgeone

    #19 – try being a server sometime. Do you think that you could fill your car at a gas station, and then try to pay the bill with a DVD? Does the electric company accept DVD as a form of payment?
    Thus, DVD is NOT a form of tip.

    #32 – JRZ, what’s up with the troller running around with the spade at the end of the name?

    #44 – that’s what happens when you hire DamYELL to do your commentary for you. Fish should be ashamed of himself.
    PB, how you been? Haven’t spoken at ya in a while. Miss me?

    Dear God,
    Jeremy Piven … David Niven … neither livin … request is given. Amen.

  49. Italian Stallion

    @42 One of my favorite movies of all time, niiice…..

    She should have filled his coffee more often.

    Fuck this non tipping motherfucker, what a dickhead….

  50. Courtney

    As a waitress, I can honestly say it’s moments like that that make life worhh living.

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