George Clooney Explains Slamming Nosy Reporter

George Clooney arrives at 'The Descendents' premiere at The Elgin during the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on September 10, 2011 George Clooney arrives at 'The Descendents' premiere at The Elgin during the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on September 10, 2011

George Clooney doesn’t mind when reporters ask “dumb questions” – but he might call you out on it in front of the world!

Access Hollywood guest correspondent and Entertainment Weekly Senior Writer Dave Karger caught up with the actor at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and asked about ripping into a People reporter for getting too personal with a question.

“There’s always one, but you can always point them out. And then they always get a little smaller as the press conference goes on. It’ OK,” George, who has two movies – “The Ides of March” and “The Descendants” – at the festival, told Dave.

“You nailed him to the wall,” Dave pointed out.

“Honestly, I sort of enjoy that. I grew up as a son of a newsman, as you know,” he continued. “So, I enjoy watching people ask dumb questions, makes me laugh.”

As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, when a People magazine reporter asked Clooney at a panel while promoting his new film, which he also directs — “The Ides of March” – which was harder – “directing or dating in the spotlight,” the Oscar winner scolded the scribe.

“Well, you know, it’s funny. I knew someone would do it. I’m a little disappointed it’s you,” Clooney told the reporter on Friday.

“Everyone here is a little ashamed of you right now. Honestly… Listen, I think it’s tremendous you asked the question, go back and tell your editor you asked the question.”

While Clooney has remained mum about former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant and girlfriend Stacy Keibler, the two certainly haven’t been keeping a low profile while in Toronto – pictures of the pair have surfaced hopping from one event to the next.

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