Former Republican nominee for the US Senate in Delaware, Christine O’Donnell, says that the reason she abruptly left the set of Piers Morgan Tonight on Wednesday is because she was late to an engagement, not because of Morgan pressing her to answer gay marriage questions.
“If you watch the full interview, you’ll see I was more than a good sport with his prior inappropriate and double-standard line of questions,” O’Donnell said in a statement on Thursday. “We had already gone over our time limit and were late for a Women’s National Republican Club speech being shown on C-SPAN. No hard feelings and I wish Piers all the best in his future endeavors.”
During the interview, which was taped hours before it was actually broadcasted on CNN, Morgan was pressed not only on issues relating to equal rights, such as her thoughts on repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” and gay marriage, but also on some of the issues she brought to light during her 2010 campaign as well as her controversial statements. Morgan asked her on whether she was still a “supporter of total abstinence” and whether she thought “masturbation is wrong”.
O’Donnell seemed offended with the questions and felt that they were out of line considering she was on the program to promote her new book.
“Right now, what I’m trying to do is promote a book that I hope to be a very inspirational story to people who are a part of the Tea Party movement,” the Tea Party favorite said. Morgan defended his questions saying that the issues he was pressing her on were available in her book and that’s why he was asking her them.
After the broadcast, Morgan noted that it was the first time in 25 years as a journalist that someone has walked out on him. He said that he may have been “cheeky” but he was not rude.
O’Donnell herself took a jab at Morgan after the taping of the interview, linking him to the News Corp. hacking scandal that Morgan has denied being part of. “I only agreed to go on the Piers Morgan Show because he promised not to hack my cell phone,” she said.