Piers Morgan could be getting some serious backlash for what he said in a recent online op-ed. After learning of Robert Downey Jr.’s infamous interview walk-out on U.K.’s Channel 4, the former America’s Got Talent judge had some scathing remarks.
Downey isn’t the only one to walk out on an interview this week either. Kim Richards did the same thing to Dr. Phil, as previously reported by the Inquisitr, though her walk-off didn’t look as dignified.
Richards literally asked the TV show host if it was “an intervention,” going further than RDJ did.
When Robert Downey Jr. walked out on Krishnan Guru-Murthy, he seemed polite and respectful. He was being asked about a sensitive subject, and instead of exploding in anger, he removed himself from the spotlight. Apparently, in an op-ed at Daily Mail, Morgan didn’t see it that way.
Morgan slammed the Iron Man actor for destroying his preconceived notion that he was the “ultimate Hollywood [bad boy]” by leaving the interview the instant he didn’t like the question.
He painted RDJ badly in his follow-up statement, “Downey Jr suddenly smirked demonically, shouted ‘BYE!’ and stomped off.”
Not once in the interview did Downey actually raise his voice above a pleasant tone, and Guru-Murthy even told him he didn’t have to answer the questions if he didn’t want to. He even joked about the “Diane Sawyer” type questions on his way out. It may have looked awkward, but he was given the choice and made it with his dignity intact.
Robert Downey Jr. had the best exit out of an interview I’ve seen in a long time. Says, “Bye,” and leaves. Pretty badass.
— Greyson Chance (@greysonchance) April 23, 2015
RDJ was there to promote Avengers: Age of Ultron, not to talk about painful aspects of his past that he’s dealt with and wants to leave behind him.
According to E! Online, The View’s Whoopi Goldberg defended Robert Downey Jr.’s actions in the infamous interview.
“People’s past, you know, Downey was last in trouble in 2001. Get on the movie closest to that if you have questions. Don’t wait until the guy has solidly reestablished, done his time, did everything, to come back and try to show what kind of interviewers you are.”
Instead, Piers Morgan decided to throw harsh names at the actor.
“[Iron Man] [sic] wouldn’t run away from an interview, Mr. Downey Jr.. Man up and stop being such a pampered, overly-sensitive prima donna.”
Robert Downey Jr. is only Iron Man on the big screen and is as human as anyone else. He has feelings like everybody else. Krishnan Guru-Murthy clearly crossed some boundaries, and RDJ appeared to have done what was sensible.
Do you think Downey acted correctly in walking out of the interview, or do you agree with Piers Morgan’s scathing remarks?
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