OK, so when we first heard this news, we thought we read that Rosie O’Donnell had walked out on Piers Brosnan and we thought “Huh? That seems like a weird love affair…and an even weirder story. Tell us more!”
But, once we figured out it was Christine O’Donnell and Piers Morgan it all made sense. Why would these two even agree to doing a show together?
Here’s the scoop:
Basically, the two clashed over speaking about the issue of gay marriage. After a constant back and forth, O’Donnell said that Morgan was being rude and the should get to decide what she wants to speak about. Morgan basically said “my show, my topics” and then she was pulled out, saying that she had booked herself pretty tightly and it wasn’t in her interest to be there any more:
“You’re borderline being a little bit rude,” O’Donnell responded. “I obviously want to talk about the issues that I choose to talk about in the book.”
Morgan went on to ask if she addressed gay marriage in her new book, “Troublemaker,” something O’Donnell said she did, but refused to address in the CNN interview.
“Do you answer that question in the book?” he asked.
“I talk about my religious beliefs, yeah,” O’Donnell said, nodding in the affirmative.
“Do you talk about gay marriage in the book?” he probed further.
“What relevance is that right now?” O’Donnell replied. “Is there a piece of legislation?”
O’Donnell went on to tell Morgan he was being “a little rude.”
“I think I’m being rather charming and respectful,” the “America’s Got Talent” judge chimed in. “I’m just asking you questions based on your own public statements and now, what you’ve written in your own book. It’s hardly rude to ask you that, surely?”
“Well, don’t you think, as a host, if I say, ‘This is what I want to talk about,’ that’s what we should address,” she asked.
“Not really, no,” he said.
Morgan said he was “baffled” why she thought he was being rude and was only asking questions based on her own previous statements.
Here are some tweets from the two of them:
She tweeted that she only agreed to appear on the show because Morgan “promised not to hack my cell phone,” a reference to the British tabloid phone-hacking scandal.
“No hard feelings you cheeky bugger,” O’Donnell said in another tweet. Then, she declined an invite to appear on the show again.
“Do you think Christine O’Donnell is going to put a witch’s curse on me now?” Morgan Tweeted on Wednesday night.
We’re not going to pass any judgement here. Although Christine O’Donnell is certainly a strong woman who is bold in her convictions, everyone knows how we feel about equality and gay marriage. So, we try to steer clear of political debate.
Instead, let’s talk about talk show formalities. Should the host of the show choose a topic or should they be respectful of the subject in question? YOU DECIDE!