UPDATE: Christine O’Donnell was back on TV Friday morning, less than two days after she walked off the set of an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan.
The Delaware Republican told NBC’s Today that the reason she walked out on Morgan was not because of the repeated questions about gay rights issues that proceeded her exit, but instead because of the questions about masturbation, sexual abstinence and other "personal" questions that came during the first 20 minutes of the interview.
"He throws it in there in the middle of these sex questions that he would not ask with a man," O’Donnell said.
On Wednesday during the taping of the Morgan interview, O’Donnell complained Morgan was being “borderline rude” with his line of questioning. But by Friday she had ratcheted things up a notch, saying that she walked off because “I wanted to stop that borderline sexual harassment that was going on.”
Watch the full NBC interview below:
POST Thursday at 10:45 a.m.: Tea Party favorite Christine O’Donnell walked (very slowly) out of an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan last night after she was repeatedly asked about her views on gay rights issues.
The former Delaware Senate candidate was on the show promoting her new book, Troublemaker: Let's Do What it Takes to Make America Great Again, and had no interest in letting Morgan talk about anything else.
“You’re borderline being a little rude,” O’Donnell told Morgan after he asked her about gay marriage. “I obviously want to talk about the issues I chose to talk about in the book.”
Morgan, however, was undeterred. “It’s obviously a highly contentious political issue, I’m just curious what your view is,” he said.
After a few more increasingly awkward exchanges – during which O'Donnell maintained that Morgan was being "rude" and he countered by saying that she was being "weird" – eventually an O’Donnell aide stepped in front of the camera as O’Donnell explained to Morgan that the interview was over.
“It appears that the interview has just been ended because I had the audacity to ask questions based on stuff that is in the book," Morgan said. "Anyway, it’s a good book, it’s called Troublemaker. I think we know now why it is called Troublemaker."
You can watch the rather bizarre clip below: