Piers Morgan took to Anderson Cooper's show on Wednesday to deconstruct the interview everyone is talking about--his friendly chat with Christine O'Donnell, who walked out of his studio after being pressed about her views on gay marriage.
It was, above all, a great television moment, and one that will surely enter the annals of walk-off history. Speaking after the interview, Morgan still couldn't quite believe what had happened.
"It was a bit extraordinary actually," he said to Cooper. "Because I thought I was being my normal chivalrous self. And then she suddenly took huge umbrage, declared I was being rude and walked out."
"It's interesting how politicians these days...feel like they should only be asked about what they want to talk about," Cooper said.
"I found it a very strange moment," Morgan said. "And I don't think anyone who watches the interview would deduce I was being rude. A little bit cheeky maybe but not rude."
"You are a cheeky monkey," Cooper noted, "but I think it's fair game to ask about past statements that people have made, particularly someone's position on same-sex marriage."
Cooper also said he found it "fascinating" that O'Donnell got someone to stand in front of the camera "as if somehow that would help or the cameras would magically stop or something."
O'Donnell later spoke out on Twitter, telling Morgan, "Piers, thanks for the invite. Schedule is already packed, maybe another night. No hard feelings, you cheeky bugger."
The chat propelled Morgan to the highest ratings of the night for CNN. The show drew 695,000 viewers, with 234,000 in the crucial A25-54 demo.
Watch the encounter and tell us if you think Morgan was being rude.
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