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    Bryan Cranston Explained Why He Shut Down That Audience Member And Said "Your Mother"

    "I'd go and visit your mother every once in a while."

    You know Bryan Cranston. He's the star of Breaking Bad and just overall, a full-on legend of a person.

    And you may or may not have seen this moment that's recently gone viral on TikTok, where Bryan shuts down a fan.

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    It takes place at Nerd HQ in 2015, when Bryan was being interviewed. When they allowed fan questions, a fan asked Bryan about visiting Albuquerque, New Mexico. "I grew up in Albuquerque," the fan said, clearly very nervous. "Was there any cool places that you liked? How'd you like it? Did you have fun there?!"

    Person in the audience smiling and holding a microphone

    Without missing a beat, Bryan responded, "Yeah, I'd go and visit your mother every once in a while."

    Bryan holding a microphone

    The mic-drop moment caused an eruption of applause and commotion in the crowd. The fan said, "Wow, that was a little mean."

    The audience applauding

    Well, on Thursday, I caught up with Bryan on the Songwriters Hall of Fame red carpet, where I asked him about the now-infamous moment.

    Bryan in a suit and tie and with a beard on the red carpet

    "That's just rotten," Bryan joked. "That was a rotten thing for me to say."

    Close-up of Bryan with a beard and a BuzzFeed microphone in front of him

    He added, "In its time, in its place, in its context, it made sense." I then asked him, "Was the fan fucking with you or something prior?"

    Another photo of Bryan with a BuzzFeed microphone in front of him

    "No!" Bryan said. "It was a guy who was asking a sincere question, and I was just messing with him."

    Again, Bryan in front of a BuzzFeed microphone

    He continued, "Then, afterward, I gave him a hug and said, 'Thanks for your question.' He wasn't offended by it."

    Another photo of Bryan on the red carpet

    I love that he explained that moment, because I've always wondered if his comeback was out of the blue — and it was! LMAO, legend.

    You can watch the full moment again here.