Jeremy Piven really wants you to believe him

Jeremy Piven stopped by Good Morning America to plead his case to Diane Sawyer today. Ari Gold claims to have had six times the levels of mercury found in a normal person which forced him to drop out of David Mamet’s Broadway play “Speed-the-Plow” causing producers and Mamet himself to question the legitimacy of Jeremy’s illness. Plus it didn’t help he was seen partying his ass off after every show. People reports:

“The only protein I got for 20 years was from fish,” says Piven, who adds that he ate sushi at least twice a day. “I kind of thought I was doing the right thing … As soon as I heard this, I stopped all fish whatsoever.”

Piven has admitted to being embarrassed by the situation, especially given the skeptical response he got from fans, late-night hosts and colleagues alike. Speed-the-Plow playwright David Mamet joked that Piven was leaving show business to “pursue a career as a thermometer.”

But Piven, who hasn’t eaten fish in five months, says he has no hard feelings: “[Mamet] is a brilliant playwright and that’s a funny line.”

While I don’t know if I believe Jeremy Piven’s “fishy” (You can’t teach that.) excuse, I do believe he’s a fucking lock for the lead role in Newsies 2: Reprint Like Whoa. Or an assclown of a dresser. It’s a toss-up.

Video after the jump.

Photos: Splash News
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