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Peter Overton: What REALLY happened during 60 Minutes showdown with Tom Cruise

Peter Overton has spoken about his infamous confrontation with Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, which aired on 60 Minutes in 2005.

The veteran journalist, 54, told The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Thursday that he didn’t regret asking a ‘fair question’ about Cruise’s marriage to Nicole Kidman – insisting it was relevant given that he was a children friend of the Australian actress.

During their sit-down interview in Los Angeles 15 years ago, the Mission: Impossible star snapped at Overton, telling him to ‘put your manners back in’ after he tried to steer the conversation towards his personal life.

‘It was one of those moments’: Peter Overton (pictured) has spoken about his infamous interview with Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, which aired on 60 Minutes in 2005

Cruise, 58, lost his temper with the reporter when he asked a question about Kidman, whom Overton has known since their days growing up in Longueville, a suburb on Sydney’s lower north shore, in the 1970s.

The star grew frustrated with the line of questioning and told Overton that he was ‘stepping over the line’ and to ‘put his manners back in’.

Radio host Kyle Sandilands asked: ‘What were you thinking back then? When you’re being rubbished on camera by Tom Cruise? Are you thinking to yourself, how do I look respectful, but also still in charge of the interview?’

Intense: During the sit-down interview 15 years ago, the Mission: Impossible star (pictured) had told Overton to 'put your manners back in' after he asked a question about Nicole Kidman

In trouble: Cruise, 58, got snappy with Overton (pictured) when he asked about his ex-wife Nicole, who happens to be Overton's childhood friend

Intense: During the sit-down interview 15 years ago, the Mission: Impossible star (left) had told Overton (right) to ‘put your manners back in’ after he asked a question about Nicole Kidman

Childhood friends and neighbours: Overton has known Kidman (pictured) since their days growing up in Longueville, a suburb on Sydney's lower north shore, in the 1970s

Childhood friends and neighbours: Overton has known Kidman (pictured) since their days growing up in Longueville, a suburb on Sydney’s lower north shore, in the 1970s

Overton explained: ‘I just maintained who I am, and I didn’t get angry. He did. And I just kept true to myself and said it’s a fair question.’ 

‘I hold no ill-will towards Tom. It was one of those moments,’ he added. 

Overton said that he tried to smooth things over with Cruise after the interview, but felt slightly taken aback by the whole experience.  

Looking back: The veteran journalist, 54, was asked about their tense encounter on The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Thursday. Pictured: Overton with radio host Kyle Sandilands (left)

Looking back: The veteran journalist, 54, was asked about their tense encounter on The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Thursday. Pictured: Overton with radio host Kyle Sandilands (left)

'What the hell just happened to me?' Overton, who is celebrating 10 years as the newsreader for Channel Nine's 6pm bulletin, said that he tried to smooth things over with Cruise after the interview, but felt slightly taken aback by the whole experience

‘What the hell just happened to me?’ Overton, who is celebrating 10 years as the newsreader for Channel Nine’s 6pm bulletin, said that he tried to smooth things over with Cruise after the interview, but felt slightly taken aback by the whole experience

Exes: Cruise and Kidman were married from 1990 to 2001, but the famous Scientologist doesn't like talking about their relationship. Pictured with their children, Connor and Isabella, on January 24, 1996 in Sydney

Exes: Cruise and Kidman were married from 1990 to 2001, but the famous Scientologist doesn’t like talking about their relationship. Pictured with their children, Connor and Isabella, on January 24, 1996 in Sydney

‘I sat there thinking, what the hell just happened to me?’ he said. 

‘I said to the producer, “Well, how did that go?” And I’ll never forget it, he said: “Top five.” Of all the 60 Minutes stories, he’s thinking of the promos, as they do!’

Cruise and Kidman were married from 1990 to 2001, but the famous Scientologist doesn’t like talking about their relationship.

Meanwhile, Overton is about to celebrate 10 years as the newsreader for Channel Nine’s 6pm bulletin.

The respected newsman is married to former Studio 10 presenter Jessica Rowe, and the couple share two daughters, Allegra, 13, and Giselle, 11.

Family: Overton is married to former Studio 10 presenter Jessica Rowe, and the couple share two daughters, Allegra, 13, and Giselle, 11 (all pictured)

Family: Overton is married to former Studio 10 presenter Jessica Rowe, and the couple share two daughters, Allegra, 13, and Giselle, 11 (all pictured)

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