Posted at 09:20 PM ET, 08/17/2011

VIDEO: Christine O’Donnell walks off ‘Piers Morgan Tonight’


Christine O'Donnell in October 2010. (Chip Somodevilla - GETTY IMAGES)
Christine O’Donnell was interviewed by Piers Morgan on his eponymous television show Wednesday night and walked out when questioned by the CNN host.

The former Senate candidate from Delaware and tea party favorite has a new book out, called “Troublemaker: Let’s Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again.”

She talked about her primary run, her comments on witchcraft, her failed campaign against Democrat Christopher Coons and the tea party movement.

When Morgan asked O’Donnell whether she supports gay marriage, she asks about the relevance of the line of questioning.

“You’re getting, you’re borderline being a little bit rude,” was her first response.

“Right now, what I’m trying to do is to promote a book that I hope to be a very inspirational story to people who are part of the tea party movement,” she said.

Morgan asked her why she was “being so weird about this.”

“I’m not being weird about this, Piers,” she responded, saying she was not running for office. “I’m not being weird, you’re being a little rude,” she said.

Morgan said he was asking her questions based on her public statements and book.

“Don’t you think as a host, if I say this is what I want to talk about, that’s what we should address?” O’Donnell said.

Morgan said no, and O’Donnell said, “I’m being pulled away. You know, we turned down another interview for this.”

Someone then walked in front of the camera and obscured a view of O’Donnell for a short time. She said she chose to be late for a speech at the Republican Women’s Club, asked if Morgan has read the book and if they were done.

Morgan tweeted about what happened here (these are in chronological order):

BREAKING: Christine O'Donnell just walked out of my interview for @PiersTonight in disgust at my 'rudeness'. Tune in at 9pm ET.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

Ms O'Donnell wasn't happy about me quizzing her re views on withcraft and sex. But really flipped at gay marriage Qs. Ripped mike and fled.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

My first ever walk-out in 25 years of interviews. I guess viewers can decide if I was 'rude' or not tonight at 9pm ET. #CNNless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

Do you think Christine O'Donnell is going to put a witch's curse on me now?less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply



O’Donnell responded with a couple tweets of her own, referencing the ongoing British cellphone hacking scandal. Morgan, a former editor of the tabloid News of the World, has denied any involvement in it:

I only agreed to go on the Piers Morgan Show because he promised not to hack my cell phone.less than a minute ago via txt Favorite Retweet Reply

Piers, thanks for the invite. Schedule is already packed, maybe another night. No hard feelings, you cheeky bugger.less than a minute ago via txt Favorite Retweet Reply

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By Terri Rupar  |  09:20 PM ET, 08/17/2011

 
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