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August 19th, 2011
12:08 PM ET

In wake of the walk-off: How not to walk out of an interview

Everyone is still talking about the Christine O'Donnell walk-off during a "Piers Morgan Tonight" interview on Wednesday. Tonight, we'll look at what happened – and the subsequent fall out.

Also, Jeanne Moos has compiled a report on how to walk out of an interview...and how not to. Watch it above, and tune in tonight at 9pmET/PT!

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  1. Harry Schneider

    Piers,
    O'Donnell is an airhead. Why give her a forum? She belongs under a rock.
    Harry

    August 19, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Randy

      What a JERK. I quit watching "America's got Talent" because of him and now he shows his true colors on this interview. Just for the record, I didn't hear or read about this here. I got it from The Blaze. CNN...not a good move.

      August 19, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Tyler

        How is he a jerk when he is asking her questions that he addresses in her book? He's not a jerk he just does not sugar coat stuff. I hate Howie and Sharon Osborne because they will move acts on when they are not good. Piers tells you how it is. I respect that and we need more of that.

        August 19, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nonye

        I watched the interview.The question of whether or she's been lust in her heart before is inappropriate.if you listened to Piers,you should know he's into something else other than trying to promote the book.O'Donnel choose not answer questions on gay marriage maybe she does not want Piers to drag her into making conclusive statements.She repeatedly old Piers she wants to address issues that promote America's values.Piers was being rude.

        August 21, 2011 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
      • Nana

        Why does the media give Christine O'Donnell, Sara Pailen and other nuts air time ? We all know they are stupid.women, they make us laugh but are they are not on comedy central.

        August 21, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
      • Oz

        U GOT NO CLASS FOR CALLING THIS GUY A "JERK" and THAT IS YOUR TRUE COLOUR ;-)

        August 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dottie G

        Randy, I agree with your comments 100%. My feeling - CNN has lowered itself big-time with PM aboard.

        August 21, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Clement

        Poor Piers Morgan facies himself a good interviewer but if he only knew he is in delusion. He is an impostor. and morepver, Piers is obnoxious. Good for Christine to walk off, Who needs simpleton questions asked? Brent Bozell commented on this news and though I respect him, he just went off his rocker defending Piers and calling O'Donnell a boffoon. I wonder if simply lost his cool and is the boffoom and mot Christine.

        August 22, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • pete engle

      peiers is a complete

      idoit

      August 20, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Margie

        Pete - As a speller, you are a complete idiot.

        August 20, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gerry Van Mansfeld

      Dude we get it can you please move on ? Are you so shy of new interviews that you have to keep re-airing this every night on CNN ? I think you have better interviews to re-air.

      August 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Laurel

    With his interview with Christine O'Donnell, Pier Morgan was an absolute jerk. He asked completely inappropriate questions. Would he be asking those same questions of Obama? or Pelosi? or Biden?

    Get rid of Pier Morgan!!!

    August 19, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • RalphHau

      I am a staunch Democrat and a Catholic, however, I am do not care for Christine O'Connell however I watched the interview with "Mr Piers Morgan" and found it to be discusting and inappropriate. "Piers" should try and get tips from the master of talk, the one he is trying to fill in his time slot, that being LARRY KING. Piers does not belong on this program, we have better people out of work that can fill that spot and do a better job than this wannabe!!!

      August 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Lynne

        How are these things inappropriate? She 'wrote' about them in her book. I mean it seems like Piers read the thing but perhaps Ms. O'Donnell didn't take the time to read what someone wrote for her.

        I live here in Delaware and trust me – we want this woman to go away or better yet move back to New Jersey where she lives when she isn't running for office.

        August 19, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • William Conti

        A Catholic and a Democrat? How can that be when Democrats are pro abortion.

        August 21, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Piers Morgan is a great interviewer. He had every right to ask about the issues she discusses in her book. The fact that she did not want to discuss those issues means she has no convictions. Someone who does not stand behind their opinions or beliefs – whether they are popular or not – lacks integrity. Sorry – but she is a schmuck and a whack job. We don't need to give her any airtime.

      August 19, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Ted

        Mr. Morgan was showing off against, basically, a political nobody, but because he had no self-control and was not a gentleman, he came across as a creep and a pervert (regardless of what was in her book). True ladies out there would agree with what she did. He should let this get behind him and move on.

        August 19, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Laurel,

      I think he would ask the same question of any politician, especially if they included this in a book. Is that a serious question? It was a valid question that she should, or her PR people, should have guessed the topic was going to be brought up during the interview. It makes Christine O'Donnell look like a joke.

      August 19, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • America

      Go back to Britain Piers and tap into cell phones. This is America you doushebag. Ugly Brit with bad teeth on American tv trying to be a journalist.

      August 20, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Nan

    Regarding the interview with Christine O'Donnell, I find a little bit of hypocrisy with Piers Morgan. He feels he can go after tired and old arguments about O'Donnell and he refuses to discuss his management style at World Corp. What O'Donnell did as a teen and in her early 20's is silly but typical at those ages. Why does Piers and the rest of the press feel it is ok to go after the witch and abstinence comments with her and yet did not ever challenge Obama about his early youth indiscretions. I am a independent who is so tired of the silly gotcha journalism when there are far more important things to discuss. Piers should spend less time on celebrities and discuss the news. I would rather he talk about Syria, China or even Joplin and not discuss someones youthful stupidity. (which we are all guilty of!) thanks and have a nice day.

    August 19, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. The debater

    Mr. Pier Morgan .. Let me start off by making thing extremely clear. You are making a mockery of yourself when comes to gay marriage. You have not even a single clue about what is right and wrong when comes to gay marriage. If you want, i'll be willing to debate with you on CNN your show and see who will come out as a laughing stock. Trust me. You will be the loser. Let me know if you have the guts and balls to face this debate

    August 19, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • KaseyL

      First off, I'd like to say that for someone with the name The Debator, you...aren't really impressing anyone with your lack of facts and actual argumentation strategies. You're just kinda spouting that you are the best at something without any real convictions or proof. So, that being said, I'd like to just say you kinda come off as irritatingly trollish.

      August 20, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kanoodle

      You are a nut

      August 20, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Mary g

    Why couldn't Piers be honest or is that beneath him. He started the whole incident in questioning Christine about her opinion on masturbation which is an old issue that she did not appreciate but he kept hounding her about it and then started on every other irelevant thing he could think of. Yes Christine is no match for Piers and should never have agreed to the interview. She must not watch many of his interviews because she would have known that he takes delight in embarassing people which I guess is a throw back to his London days as an editor at World News dishing dirt on anyone without regard to the validity.

    August 19, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. jeffkeith

    Good for her to push back on that ridiculous ambush. It's a shame what's become of CNN.

    August 19, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. The debater

    Mary, sure Mr. Morgan has his right what's underneath him. Question is does he meet his match? Like i said, let him face me and see who will win the match – with crystal clear message to the nation. Like i said, he must meet the more intellect to debate him. Does he has the guts and balls to meet the those people? When comes to gay marriage, i'll be willing to debate all out – with nothing hidden in the table. Meaning lets expose everything upfront. In front of the nation. Lets see who has more wisdom when comes to this issue.

    August 19, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Chris Harmon

    Our family has followed Piers Morgan since he started. Interesting show for the most part.
    But so easy to see how he does not like the conservatives (which is okay). It seems like he starts off his conversations
    with his soft ball questions and when he thinks he has the confidence of his guests he starts his barrage of really
    stupid and tacky questions to the point of making himself look stupid. That boy is really slipping!

    August 19, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. The Debater

    CNN has become a partisan news reporting. It is no longer the respected news reporting channel it used to have. I seldom watch CNN nowadays. Sadly, they hired all the dumb and stupid people trying to debate others in front of the nation – making themselves look like a laughing stock. I hope CNN will go bust one day. It's no way in comparison to BBC nowadays

    August 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Master-Debater

      I agree that BBC is really good. Also NPR is excellent (I have the balls to debate you on that). Al-Jazeera is also very informative. CNN is not blatently Left (esp as compared to FOX News' major slant to the Right).

      Don't get so riled up about Piers Morgan. He interviews the Kardashians, for goodness sake...consider this a celebrity interview. O'Donnel is not to be taken seriously as a politician or a person.

      August 19, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Jim Melton

    With only 9 comments, can you not tell that we really don't give a crap!!

    August 19, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. MT

    Thought Piers was off base in his questioning but am more surprised by his sensitivity when she walked off the show. Based upon his response both that night and subsequently, looks like his feelings were seriously hurt. Hey Piers, how would you like it if Christine insisted upon asking you what you know about phone hacking while you were a print journalist in London?

    August 19, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. KTL

    An equally harrassing and belittling line of questions directed at a person of any faith other than fundamentalist Christianity would put Piers Morgan in the media's doghouse. His choice of questions went far beyond unprofessional.

    August 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. TT

    She walked off because it gave her more publicity for her book then if she stayed and completed the interview.

    August 19, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. geo

    piers morgan is a nothing more than a smug ass**** .. it's OK to have asked the questions he asked, but to continue driving home ONLY those questions that he probably intended to make her look like a lunatic (which she may be) to satisfy his political agenda is a mockery. Why some lame jerk like that is on a news network is way beyond me .. he's just an opinionated egotistical idiot .. good for her to walk off .. morgan belongs on 'entertainment tonight' .. NOT a news channel ..

    August 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Marilyn Sherrod

      I totally agree with 'Geo' who stated it correctly; Mr Morgan has absolutely NO CLASS....................and he thinks he is funny and entertaining. I may not care for Ms O'Donnel, but he treated her with total disrespect and kept goading her into questioning her about crap. Did he ask the former governor of South Carolina the same questions on how he feels on gay marriage, masturbation, etch?????? Of course not. Piers Morgan owes her an apology, but he is not man enough to do that. I refuse to ever watch him in any program – total trash.

      August 20, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • AGS

        She is trying to use HIS show to selll her book. he can ask her whatever he feels like.

        August 20, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rchulkas

    Piers I love your show. I am a conservative but can readily tell you that if Christine O'Donnell can't answer your questions, what makes her thinks she can be a public official. She has made statements and she should stand by them. Seems to me that she says things and then regrets them. I would have admired her more if she had stayed, answered the questions and stood by her convictions!! Good job. Somebody has to start weeding out the weak!

    August 19, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. McCain-in-Four

    Good for Christie!?! Show us how well you can handle yourself when confronted with "rudeness" by running away. Just think if she actually stayed to finish the interview, we would have been better educated just how intelligent she might be.

    August 19, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. gwats

    Christine tried to get a free pass from her own stupidity, and lost. It you opened youe mouth, and anyone with a mic or a Camera recorded the event, it is forever fair game to ask about your state of mind when you said it. THAT's why we teach our children to think twice, speak once.

    August 19, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. gwats

    Christine tried to get a free pass from her own stupidity, and lost. If you opened your mouth, and anyone with a mic or a Camera recorded the event, it is forever fair game to ask about your state of mind when you said it. THAT's why we teach our children to think twice, speak once.

    August 19, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. David

    What!? Piers did his JOB! asking tough questions! Christine wrote about gay marriage in her book, she came on the show to plug her book therefore the question was appropriate. Since when was it ok to not ask tough questions? Oh yeah since Palin... Maybe the teabaggers should stick to their little circles where they aren't questioned... ridiculous that's all I can say about O'Donnell

    August 19, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. S. Poehls

    Good for O'Donnel!!! It's about time someone reacted to that rude & arrogant Bri; too bad "The Little People" didn't make it to the semifinals of America's Got Talent and Piers would be long gone to the other side of the "pond". What a shame!

    August 19, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. lacrimoare

    Piers,enjoy ur professioanlism and talent. Journalism should be done with respect yet straightforward. she deserved to be put on the spot and answer for her true opinion and character. she actually looked around if someone would stand up for her, well she should of thought about that when in a debate she said she doesnt want her tax payer money to help the homeless. what a christian, whom she claimed to be!

    August 19, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Christopher

    if she wanted a softball lobbed her way she should have stuck with Fox news or stupid morning talk shows. if you don't know already that you'll get grilled on the hardest topics when going on a show like this your either an idiot or your PR people should be fired (both)

    August 19, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Orla Stuart - Santa Cruz, CA

    Christine O'Donnell's hypocrisy and cowardice is mind-bogglong. Yellow-bellied and gutless people shouldn't get into the arena if they are not going to take punches. She is only qualified to sit at home and watch cartoons on TV. Grow up or get out, Christine!

    August 19, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  24. hjvk;ihjkmv,b

    She chose to be interviewed and yet she avoided all the questions which were in THE BOOK. If she is talking about it in a book, why can't she say it. Just leaving an interview and not answering any question is very rude. I am no fan of Piers Morgan, but Christine O'Donnell is stupid.

    August 19, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  25. The Debater

    Mr. Pier, i challenge you to have a debate with me when comes to gay marriage. Do you have the guts and balls?

    August 19, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Master-Debater

      If you are bringing a bible, then you already lose.

      August 19, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Billb

    Piers – are you (and by association,us) being played a fool by O'Donnel? Any publicity is to your advantage. Who benefits here?

    August 19, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  27. anjela

    Really? Asking if you masterbate is OK? This is journalism? Because creeps ears perk up? You are quite a pervert and unfortunately, as has been the trend with CNN, creeps have a home in which they can get their jollies under the pretense...and yes it is a pretense, of journalism. This is clear evidence of social decline in America. What is most disturbing is the faux rightousness in the name of journalism touyed by the likes of Mr. Mporgan. Is it any wonder CNNs time is over? Even young people are creeped out by you guys. Really corporate sponsors? You PAY to have your products associated with this garbage? I say look at the products sponsoring this kind of trash and no longer buy those products. DirecTV, major advertiser on CNN, Wells Fargo, lawyers looking to collect on your family mewmbers death benefits...hmmmmmm, no wonder.

    August 19, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • M Robbins

      Anjela, I think you are over-reacting. Saying that Morgan was being a pervert is incorrect. Saying that he is was asking sensational questions to get ratings, would be more accurate.

      Plus she is a public figure, for entertainment, not politics. She is not informed or experienced enough to be taken seriously.

      Also, if you do not want to be asked questions about certain topics, then don't preach about them (in her past appearances on MTV and Bill Mahr). Also, O'Donnel should not write about these topics in the book that she is pushing.

      I am sure that your hatred for CNN will drive you back to your rightful network, FOX News. Fair and balanced.

      August 19, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Billb

    Piers – are you (and by association,us) being played a fool by O'Donnel? Any publicity is to your advantage. Who benefits here? An alternative analysis:
    O'Donnell's reason – doesn't compute. She simply choose thIs exchange to do what she'd planned from the start. What a pubilicty event – independent of selling books.

    August 19, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Ed

    Funny how a lot of people who walk off TV interviews forget to disconnect their microphones and ear pieces.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd7gqtqgC6Y&w=640&h=390]

    August 19, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • botangles

      Very obvious Piers Morgan was set up, That O'Donell was going anyway, just waiting for the right question to bolt. Got tons of free press. Now she can laugh at all the losers that buy her book.

      August 20, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Matt B

    Piers, you have gone beyond your boundaries as a host by pushing your biased and personally opinionated beliefs into creating a false image of the people you interview. You should be ashamed of your actions on national television, ashamed of your respect for others, and honestly ask yourself if you are being ethical. I applaud Christine O'Donnell for walking off your show. To CNN: Please re-consider Piers as your tonight show host! You have lost my loyal and faithful viewership, as well as others with me.

    August 19, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Olga

    Stick a fork in O'donnell she done,,she's toast....

    August 19, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Elizabeth Murray

      What a rude remark....Americans need to remember everyone has the right to free speech, and the freedom not to speak. Obviously, she did not care to discuss the controversial topic. Why should she be forced to talk about something that liberal press and liberal viewers will just insult and malign her if she disagrees with them? Maybe she wasn't in the mood for an argument.

      August 20, 2011 at 5:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • AGS

        Why should she talk about it? Because she is on there trying to sell a book full of her views on the very issues he is questioning her about. When you say things like "liberal" media, you just advertise to everyone how stupid you are. Wake up America, the world is laughing at your stupidity.

        August 20, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
      • AGS

        I have to say, after reading your comment again, I had to chuckle at the irony of your first statement. You crticise Olga for her "rude remark" by saying that that everyone has the right to free speech. Do you people even know what you are talking about anymore? I think you all just make it up as you go along.

        August 20, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  32. jan

    Piers Morgan is an obnoxious, self centered, chauvinistic, pig. I too stop watching any programs you are on, like other have. The only reason I saw a part of the interview is the headline on my AOL caught my eye and I wanted to see how you made a jerk out of yourself again. You turn my stomach thinking you are mightier than thou. Wake up Piers you are just a human being like the rest of us, you have no class...

    August 19, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  33. sharon

    Come on everyone. It's clear that Tea Party Americans, especially Tea Party American women, are sensitive. I can't help but believe that Ms. O'donnell has garnered great sympathy among all Tea Party Americans today. Ms. O'donnell needs a catchy tag for the media like her fellow Tea Party American, Sarah Palin, who certainly puts down American journalists whenever they trespass on her pronouncements.

    August 19, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  34. John Cremin

    Unfortunately, Mr. Morgan has proven a poor replacement for the honourable and dignified gentleman that was & is Larry King. CNN used to stand for quality and non-partisan and trust worthy news, Gulf War 1 made it a flagship news broadcaster how about reverting to the old successful formula of independent and a non-biased approach to news which made it the international standard bearer it was. I don't believe the guest in question really is deserving of national coverage however, poor interviewing behaviour on more then more occasion surely cannot be ignored either and not just with the guest at the center of the latest debate. Time for a change I think

    August 19, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Bart

    Just another ploy by a cable network (who isn't Fox) trying to help their ratings. You can hardly blame them. At least they don't lie like MSNBC.

    August 19, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Roboshiver

    Brilliant Interview! I am also baffled about the interview...RUDE?

    August 19, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Meg

    A harrassing interview – totally inappropriate line of questioning. I would have walked off the set too! I will stop watching his show. He had an agenda, just like the entire left wing media. He is doing us all a favor by being such a jerk!. Keep it up – the next election will be a landslide to the party he hates.

    August 19, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Mike

    Piers,

    Ms. O'Donnell is clearly, CLEARLY, still embarrassed about all of her past gaffes because they simply speak for themselves. She obviously, wants to move on from it all and be taken seriously, which she never, ever will. And you didn't even have the chance to question her on her on policy and political issues such as, for example, the understanding of the 1st Amendment, which she also misinterpreted publicly during her campaign. It's an interview, not a free venue to advertise her book. And any interviewer worth his or her salt would have asked Ms. O"Donnell all the questions that you asked. You were not rude. What you did accomplish, however, is very noteworthy. And that is, despite her hiatus, she's a big a loon as ever before, and you exposed that sir. Bravo.

    August 19, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pat

      I didn't notice any of those attributes you describe. But maybe it is a matter of "it takes one to know one."

      I think that Piers Morgan is milking this thing just to get comments like yours. He is pathetic.

      August 20, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Graeme Barrow

    Piers,
    When you took the Larry King show over, and I don't mean to bruise your ego, I couldn't see you interviewing the Royals wearing Red Suspenders. But being Canadian with British parents, I was delighted to see a Cheeky Bugger taking on a typical Republican with no sense of humour as you did. I watch you and that Giggling Grey Haired Chap all the time now and enjoy you both. All the best!

    August 19, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  40. DIANA

    I CAN'T STOP LAUGHING. IS THAT CHRISTINE ODONNEL REALLY! SHE LOOKS AND ACTS LIKE ELAINE ON THE PAST SEINFELD SHOWS.

    August 19, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  41. D. Paschal

    Piers....just watched the interview with O'Donnell and you WERE out of line ... there is no excuse for your line of questions when she repeatedly tried to steer back to real discussion...I just hate your media hyperventilation.

    August 19, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  42. cmsvmom

    Pierce, as a conservative woman, I thought the interview was going really well for her until you started with the masturbation questions. You pushed it a bit much on those for my preference. I thought it was cheap. However, I thought she handled it well, and was flabbergasted when she chose to leave after the question about gay marriage. I have gay people in my family, and the question of gay marriage is a personal one for us. I dont care if O'Donnell agrees or disagrees, by not discussing it because it is not important to her NOW, she pretty much sent the signal that families like mine are in the margins and not worthy of discussion until she can USE issues that affect us personally to further her political ambitions.

    Also, I thought it was unfortunate that she expressed the idea that a guest dictates the line of questions on a show such as yours. She's not important enough to tell you what the subject of the interview is.

    August 19, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • amy

      hi cmsvmom, i really like your comment, i thought piers was totally just in asking the things he did but admit the masturbation questions kind of urked me too. i understand what made her upset i guess but she blew her top at the wrong time. piers would have never brought the M word questions up if it wasn't for her past interviews though, i was surprised he brought it up but her extreme views need to be brought to the forefront. your family is a normal family. the more we discuss these topics the more the extreme right understands they have to accept people for who they are, like the majority (bigger by the day) of the people already do.

      August 19, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  43. P.Justice

    Once again CNN wins the top spot in ratings by continuing the have the personel on staff to allow such moron's like piers morgan,I see him in the next interveiw on APL asking pet owner's Do you think that O'Donnell moral' value's are also directed to pet's. FOX Channel Rules

    August 19, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  44. tom

    Sorry I do not care for Piers or Christine, but Piers did a very bad job with this interview!!!! If you could not tell she was not going to answer you should find a new job. As neer as I can tell she is not running for any office if she was I could see the percistance you displayed, but she was not you had no leverage to keep her on air, good for here for walking off you show.

    August 19, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Audrey Dennis

    I thought Piers Morgan handled himself professionally. If Ms. O'Donnell didn't want to discuss the topics that were discussed, she should not have written the book. Piers was the host of the show and he was in charge. Alot of women have a tendency to want to control every situation. When she didn't get her way, she walked off. I have heard people say that gay marriage is a personal topic, however, some states are allowing it, so it can't be that personal. Piers: Keep up the good work.

    August 19, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  46. John

    Sometimes Pierce can be rude but this is one time he was not! O'Donnel was the idiot now I won't even buy her book. Good show Pierce, you handeled her well sticking to your guns and not giving in to her.

    August 19, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  47. David Balasa

    Piers-I think you were hard on her overall. I have seen you not bring up a lot of embarrassing and/or negative material on your other guests and generally allow them to portray themselves in a good light. Getting your fellow journalists to absolve you is not getting it.

    August 19, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Jerry

    Amazingly juvenile behavior. Let there be no doubt as to why the whacked out Republicans have been running away from Ms. O'Donnell. It is just a matter of time before the "Tea Party Crazies" crush themselves under the weight of their own stupidity!

    August 19, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  49. amy

    Piers, i think you are a great host; i truly thought you were very polite, soft even, while asking the questions anyone who is even remotely interested in hearing what ms. o'donnel might have to say now. i admit, i tuned in to watch the train wreck happen. i was surprised that she answered as much as she did. she would put up a bit of a sarcastic fit before eventually getting to an anwer for the latter half of the interview...before the meltdown that is. the irony to me is that she blames her handlers for the "i'm not a witch" mess and then allows this set of handlers to create another mess at the very launch of her quasi comeback. let me guess, she will now blame them for the lack of sales for her book... maybe you could buy a few books for your friends with all of that $ bill maher gave you !?!

    August 19, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Nina Fox

    The O'Donnells and the Palins of the world... (( I QUIT )) from the privileged crowd! What an idiot

    August 19, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  51. DJALO, A. B.

    Dear Piers,
    I am writing from Brazil just to manifest my admiration for you and for your show. I think you did your job with Ms. O´Donnell which is trying to squeeze the guest till he/she reveals his/her actual personality. After all they are public figures. Nevertheless Ms. O´Donnell had also the right to take of her image the way the finds it appropriate. If some questions sound like ambushes, walking away could be a better solution than jeopardising a probably promising future political carrer by answering them. I´ll keep on watching you.

    August 19, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  52. DJALO, A. B.

    Dear Piers,
    I am writing from Brazil just to manifest my admiration for you and for your show. I think you did your job with Ms. O´Donnell which is trying to squeeze the guest till he/she reveals his/her actual personality. After all they are public figures. Nevertheless Ms. O´Donnell had also the right to take care of her image the way she finds it appropriate. If some questions sound like ambushes, walking away could be a better solution than jeopardising a probably promising future political carrer by answering them. I´ll keep on watching you.

    August 19, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  53. Anatoli

    She was right – you're rude, calling her freak. Larry King would never do that.

    August 20, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dee

      I was very surprised and disappointed with Piers Morgan. I felt he disrespected her to the point of harassment and although I do not agree with some of her opinion, I think she was justified in walking out.

      August 21, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  54. SANTIAGO

    I AM SOOOOO HAPPY THAT MRS. 'O Donell walked offf! I am sick and tired of so called "reporters" playing this crap of GOT YA QUESTIONS!!!!!!!!! MR. Morgan you were WAY OFF BASE, RUDE, and OUT OF LINE in your questions of Mrs. O'Donnel. You asked her question that had NOTHING to do with the book and tried to lead her in an area of no relveants to her book ! I was so happy she slamed the door in your face and left you lookng like a fool!

    August 20, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jerry

      Is that you Sarah P?
      LMAO

      August 20, 2011 at 4:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • AGS

      His questions had EVERYTHING to do with book. She writes about her views on gay marriage in the book and he asked her about it! Get your facts straight you idiot.

      August 20, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  55. C Perry

    Piers Morgan pressed Christine O'Donnell on her gay marriage beliefs but with his interview with Rudy giuliani
    Piers did not question Giuliani's comment about 10% unemployment when it is really 9.1 % currently
    also the wealthy's tax cuts caused more unemployment by pres Bush rather than giuliani's comment that the tax cuts helped employment .again Morgan didn't question him. I think O'Donnell could have answered the question but Morgan sure was pressing her. Otherwise morgan's shows are good !

    August 20, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  56. Laurie Kelly

    One would assume that Ms O'Donnell had spent some time reflecting and considering her thoughts and position. These questions were soft lobs that showed a direct contradiction in positions advocated by Ms O'Donnell previously and now. The discreet probing should have been welcomed and fully embraced to address the contradictions once and for all.

    Instead, of taking the grown up route and stating - at nineteen, you think it you know it all. At forty you realize how little you do know. I've grown up.

    What does this novice do - she sticks to "bumper sticker" slogans that are shallow and superficial. Then tries to deflect by referring to her book. Mr. Morgan could have taken a hard journalistic route by actually quoting her book and forcing her to defend. Instead there are soft lobs.

    It's hard to take the Tea Party seriously. Too often the candidates sound like toddlers having a tantrum.

    No facts, no analysis, no projections, no opinion.

    Just wailing and little feet pounding the floor.

    August 20, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Packeryman

      Your evaluation of O/Donnell was 100% correct. The tea party has shown that it has the inability to govern. The inability to compromise should signal every voter that individuals with the "Tea bagger" political ideology must be defeated for the survival of the nation and its middle class. Remember the "tea baggers" mainly consist of affluent , disgruntled Republicans. To illustrate how far they are removed they are from reality, they think the party has moved to far to the center(where most Americans are).Their defacto leader(Limbaugh)has urged they flush and purge the party of moderates and rhinos. The party appears to have nothing left but far religious right fanatics and tea bagging freaks. AM radio seems to be the GOD of the GOP. Most of these guys were DJ's spinning records before becoming corporate overnight all knowing political gurus. Most were alcoholics, druggies, and some were draft dodgers, they now are the voice of the GOP. Independents continue to move away from these radicals as they move further right.

      August 20, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  57. Packeryman

    Why give this insane individual air time? This person has learned to live off the political system early in life. We only feed that lifestyle by buying books and listening to her B.S. She was vetted to be an individual with unscrupulous behavior and outrageous ideas when defeated in 2008(Delaware). That was a win, win for the folks in Delaware. The people of Delaware need to shut this crazy down forever.

    August 20, 2011 at 1:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  58. stopTeaPartyNow

    I tip my hat off to Mr Morgan. He took this interview like a bull with horns. She is a coward. This is why I cannot vote republican. This broad was afraid to take on a simple issue and she walked out like a coward. I can only respect a politician who can take any question and answer it with pride. Piers is almost as good on and interviewer as Howard Stern. The man has a bit more class but he has filled the shoes of Larry King pretty well. I do not think Christine can recover from this blunder.

    August 20, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  59. Tusense96761

    Pierce,
    How rude of you, while I am not a supporter of Ms. O'Donell I think you were totally obnoxious in the interview you conducted with her. Where are your manners, she was your guest. Keep pressing on like that and you will not have any guests, you have lost me as an viewer, it was embarrassing to watch you. You were way out of line, shame on you. I don't care what she wrote in her book, respect her on what she wants to discuss.. This will be the end of you. Dumb of you to have replayed because I never would have seen it.

    August 20, 2011 at 4:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • John

      Agree! A lame interview all the way around.

      August 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  60. Sunny Alam

    O'Donell is an idiot

    August 20, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  61. AGS

    I am sincerely embarrassed for the Americans who have become so brainwashed that they would think Piers was being inappropriate. When are you going to realise that the rest of the world is laughing at your constant stupidity. Maybe shut up for a few seconds and open your eyes to what is actually happening around the world and in your own backyard, and you might actually learn something.

    August 20, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  62. Doug

    Hey! why interveiw O Donnell in the frist place. She's BORING and why help her sell her book by giving her air time
    Interveiw me I'M FUNNY!

    August 20, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  63. Rob

    Piers should not be wasting his time on O'Donnell. She is a moron and I must say he isn't much smarter putting her on the show. She probably doesn't even know what's in her book since someone else most likely wrote it for her. Piers is lucky she didn't put a hex on him!

    August 20, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  64. RaulJ

    While watching America's Got Talent I gave this person a pass. I figured he must have been asked to be the bad guy by being overly blunt to the point of being cruel. I told myself that no one is, by nature, this mean by nature. After watching his interview with Ms. O'Donell I now realize he isn't playing a part. He really is a jerk. Whether you like Ms. O'Donnell or not is not the point. The questions being asked were offensive and inappropriate. To those that argue "well, she wrote about it to it's fair game". When I was six years old I talked about my peepee. Is that now fair game as well??

    August 20, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • AGS

      Yeah, but you aren't going on television trying to sell a book that contains stories about your pee pee. If you were, I 'd want him to ask you about it. She can't have it both ways. If she wants to use Piers Morgan to sell her book, then she should be willing to talk about it's content. I can't believe people can't understand that.

      August 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  65. John

    I saw this interview and thought it was bizarre. Come on Piers! I'm not a fan of Christine O'Donnell's either, but you certainly appeared to have an agenda in the interview. You may not have violated any journalism ethics, but you were, in my opinion, unprofessional. I felt as though I was watching Jerry Springer. It was also bizarre how you attempted to boost your ratings by having a bunch of folks come to your rescue on the following show. I really like Meatloaf and thought it was stupid how you guys talked so much about the O'Donnell interview. Really? Is this the best you can do? Is this the best CNN can do? Any chance of finding someone else to replace Larry King? I thought the interview was lame all the away around. Simply put, weird!

    August 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  66. Marilyn

    O'Donnell quit halfway through the interview just like Palin quit halfway through her governorship. I'm hoping Bachman follows suit. Honestly-there is not enough brain power among these three woman to make a sensible decision! As a woman, I am embarassed. I'm not crazy about Hillary, but she is 100 times better than these other three put together!!

    August 20, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  67. Jacqueline Rice

    I quit watching Mr. Morgan awhile ago. I find his show non informative and he is not a good interviewer. I am not a Ms O'Donnell fan, however, he did not treat her with respect. It reminded me of the comment that no means yes. Time for CNN to find someone else, until then I will boycott his show.

    August 20, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  68. Bernice

    PIers Morgan,you are a real jerk. There was nothing bizarre about Christine O'Donnell's walk off. You were being rude like she said and you were getting off the track with your talk about lust and masturbation. I am glad she walked out and I won't watch you again.

    August 20, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  69. MANchester

    HA HA HA
    Who is the jerk ?
    Who walked off?

    Go PIers

    and don't listen to the SMALL minded hick's

    Like she said she wanted the interview and when it didn't go HER way off she popped

    Keep up the good work mate

    August 21, 2011 at 2:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  70. packeryman

    Interesting that we have the far right wing nuts defending O'Donnell. She has come off as a complete fool and a person that has learned how to use the system for her benefit. When has her income come from a illegitimate job, instead of living off the maneuvering of the political system. This women verges on insanity, the only reason the far right supports her is her outrageous political ideas on masturbation , abortion and the rest of her insane wedge issues. This illustrates the insanity of her supporters. We must vote out all of the far religious right fanatics and tea bagging freaks in 2012 if the middle class and America is to survive.

    August 21, 2011 at 2:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  71. gwats

    She kicked this door open years ago. She got treated better by Morgan than she really deserved.

    August 21, 2011 at 2:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  72. Rster253

    Quite frankly, who cares about Christine O'Donnell today? She's no big national or world figure, nor even major celeb. And so, I don't think here walking out of an interview is even big news. And that it's being so overblown by the media. Instead, I wish Pierce Morgan would have real important people as his guests. Larry King had world and political leaders, captains of industry, and others of true importance. Pierce Morgan's guests so far have been mostly fluff. And let's face it, his personality is that of a doorknob. Typical British reserved, which works over there but not on American television.

    August 21, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  73. Love America it's all we have

    Christine O'Donnell maybe quicker barrel ready to explode but she will be running laughing all the way from the bank with her stupid book, for stupid people who will stand out side Wall Mart to buy it like they did with Sara Pailens stupid book. It takes many stupid people to make millions. Ouch ! we have millions of "them stupid" ones.
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0efLWdJWk4&w=640&h=390]

    August 21, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  74. gwats

    She's fair game anytime she steps in front of a TV camera, just like any of us. She was there pimping a book she wrote to make money, and yes, I find her to be freaky too! She got what was coming to her!

    August 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  75. Steve

    Piers, Ok it is time to get over the O'Donnell thing. So she walked off your show. With all the noise YOU are making about it, did she hurt your feelings? The Press goes after people with NO respect at all and then gets offended when they called on it. Let us dig up your past deeds and expand on that. I blame part of this past Defecit mess with the Congress and the President on the press. They got all the Congress men and women on TV for their moment in the spotlight. Perhaps if you ignored them, they would have done their job quicker giving us a better result. Now we look like idiots in the eyes of the world....shown to them by CNN. This country needs to get it act together if we want to get out of the mess we are experiencing. So lets all work together....Congress, President Obama, Republicans, Democrats, and the people. We are strong when united.

    August 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  76. Dottie G

    CNN has lowered its standards by bringing Piers Morgan aboard. Bad show (period).

    August 21, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  77. Ron Eves

    Only in America would a national media outlet bring in a person such as PM who faces such accusations in his own home country. These are not of the "speeding ticket" variety but under handed participation in a phone hacking scandal. Perhaps if PM would travel back to his home country and answer these I for one would have more respect for him. But then again he might have an indictment waiting for him as well. His "CHEESY" excuse for hiding behind the rouge of fair comment will cost him in the future as others will think they as well might be victims of his ambush style journalism. He now folds his arms "Larry King" style in the CNN advertisments but he is in no way on the scale of Larry King. The real question is who hired this fool and how fast can CNN get rid of him. I suspect that even Canadian CBC would have passed over the resume of PM for prime time.

    August 22, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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