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On Thursday night Piers Morgan was joined by television icon Star Jones, who has had a mixed bag of career experience, including time spent practicing law, as well as nine season spent co-hosting "The View."
As the evening's conversation wrapped up, Star discussed the retirement of former fellow "The View" co-star, Barbara Walters, crediting much of her own success to the 84-year-old broadcast journalist.
“Professional women in broadcasting would not have achieved what we have without what Barbara did for all practical purposes. I'm not sure that any of us would have been able to take on some of the challenges that she took on when she first began in this business.”
Star also noted how grateful she was to learn various tricks of the trade from the veteran broadcast master:
“She taught me the art of the second question; the first question is easy as an interviewer ... I still think she's one of the best interviewers I've ever seen on television.”
But don’t think Star’s praise is a eulogy for her mentor’s career, as Thursday's guest was quick to suggest that we haven’t seen the last of Barbara Walters.
“I'm proud to know her, but I also have to tell you – I know B.W. I don't trust she's retiring. I don't believe it and I'll believe it when I see it.”
As the release of controversial comments spouted during a GQ interview were released earlier in the week, the subsequent suspension of "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson has been the buzz of broadcast and social media.
On Thursday night, Piers Morgan continued the debate, including biblical scholar Dr. Michael Brown, as well as news commentators Marc Lamont Hill and Ben Ferguson, on the conversation.
While Robertson’s anti-gay comments have sparked the most scandal, Morgan weighed in on some of the "Duck Dynasty" dad’s other less conventional messages:
“What I find more reprehensible than that was what he said about African-Americans, and he said this," began the "Piers Morgan Live" host. "'I never heard one of them.' This is what he's talking about when he was in the cotton fields: ‘I never heard one of them, one black person say, I tell you what, those doggone white people. Not a word. Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say, were they happy? They were godly. They were happy. No one was singing the blues.’”
African American’s were “happy” pre-civil rights movement? The sentiment may not be conventional, but Hill commented that it isn't limited to the "Duck Dynasty" star:
“For me, this is someone ... who represents, quite honestly, a mindset that isn't exclusive to him," said the HuffPost Live host. "There are many people in America who believe this. But corporations have a right to say ‘we don't want to stand next to this type of person.’”
But inevitably, the conversation reverted back to Robertson’s notorious anti-gay remarks. As Brown observed, A&E and the public seem more offended by Robertson’s bashing of a homosexual lifestyle than by his racist remarks:
“What's really outrageous is that those comments are not the ones that got him booted off of A&E...The fact is that's not where the outcry was.”
Religion’s take on homosexuality quickly became the segments central talking point, eith interpretations varying from sympathetic to disgust:
"He never said gay people don't go to heaven," noted Ferguson. "People read these articles, they think, ‘Wow. All Christians think that gay people don't go to heaven', which is not true.’”
Whose take on the topic came out on top? Check out our video excerpt from the conversation above, and leave your comments below!