In the fallout surrounding Steve Martin's controversial interview at Manhattan's 92nd St. Y last week, the comedian spoke to Rita Braver on CBS's "Sunday Morning" yesterday.
About the Y incident, Martin told Braver:
The more I think about this, I become more bewildered about actually what happened. When I first heard that the audience's money was refunded, you know my job is to be very critical of myself -- and even while I was on stage I was being critical of myself -- even when things are going well, I'm critical of myself as a comedian or performer...So when I heard that they had refunded the money, when I had landed from an airplane I thought, "Oh, I must've really been bad.
The author added:
Then I thought, "Gee, we were there for free, and the 92nd Street Y is a non-profit organization, so we raised money for them." And I thought "how bad were we that they took charity money -- to give back charity money" ... I pictured a kid going to camp and they go "No. You know the Pink Panther guy you loved so much? He is keeping you from going to camp. We're taking you to the trash dump instead ... So Steve Martin is the one taking you to the trash dump.