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Piers Morgan Has His First Walk-Off: Politician Complains About Questions, Leaves Set

Aug 18, 2011  •  Post A Comment

CNN’s "Piers Morgan Tonight" had its first walk-off Wednesday night, when a controversial politician cut short an interview and left the set, reports B&C.

Republican politician Christine O’Donnell declined to answer Morgan’s questions about gay marriage, and ended the interview after he asked her why she wouldn’t talk about it, the story says.

"We watched it back and it was just so odd," Morgan said in an interview with B&C. "She was getting some kind of signal from her people off camera, then this woman in our New York studio just jumped in front of the camera." Morgan said he was caught off guard by the incident, especially since he and O’Donnell had had friendly exchanges in the past. The interview was conducted via satellite.

"From an interviewing standpoint, I don’t think there was anything that would constitute rudeness," Morgan noted. "The issue of gay marriage is clearly significant in the wake of [the popularity of] Michelle Bachmann. I wasn’t asking about to it to be outrageous, I just assumed she would have a standard answer for it since she wrote about it in her book. It was bizarre."

Morgan said he doesn’t believe it was a publicity stunt by O’Donnell to sell more books, and added that he believes she will watch the show and "be embarrassed." He added that he would invite her back for a live appearance on Thursday’s show.

O’Donnell lost a bid for the Senate in Delaware in 2010 after receiving widespread media attention for running a campaign commercial in which she denied being a witch.

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