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Christine O'Donnell Walks Off Piers Morgan Show

Kate Rooney |
August 17, 2011 | 10:11 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer


O'Donnell can't seem to escape controversy. (Michael Johns via Creative Commons)
O'Donnell can't seem to escape controversy. (Michael Johns via Creative Commons)
Infamous former senate candidate Christine O’Donnell is back in the headlines Tuesday, after she stepped off the set of CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” mid-interview.

The controversial tea-partier seemingly became uncomfortable when Morgan began pressing her on the topics of gay marriage, masturbation and abstinence, issues on which O’Donnell has previously been outspoken.

“Let’s not even go there,” she said (according to the L.A. Times) before becoming agitated and walking out of the interview.

“Ms. O'Donnell wasn't happy about me quizzing her re views on witchcraft and sex. But really flipped at gay marriage Qs. Ripped mike and fled,” Morgan tweeted, according to Reuters. He went on to say this was the first time a guest has left mid-interview in his 25-year career.

O’Donnell, who had hoped for a bid for the U.S. Senate in Delaware last year, has been making the rounds on television to promote her book, titled “Troublemaker.”

Though the issues of gay marriage, abstinence and masturbation are threads in her book, O’Donnell evidently wanted to limit Morgan’s interview to less controversial subjects.

The book tour has served as an opportunity for O’Donnell and her camp to exact damage control. 

O’Donnell was slammed with negative publicity from the political left during her campaign when a 1990s video surfaced in which she proclaimed an “anti-masturbation stance.”

She caused another stir in 2010 when Bill Maher quoted an old interview in which O’Donnell suggested she had a history with witchcraft, by releasing a campaign ad with the tagline, “I’m not a witch—I’m you.”

O’Donnell told the “Good Morning, America” crew Tuesday that she regrets the advertisement.

Watch a clip from Morgan's interview with O'Donnell below:


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