What Did You Think Of the Chelsea Handler-Piers Morgan Live TV Smackdown?

Asking because it seems to be what everyone around me is talking about.
Publish date:
March 12, 2014
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Did you see Chelsea Handler's intensely uncomfortable exchange with Piers Morgan on his soon-to-end-now-that-it's-been-canceled show?

The dialogue in case you missed it (with video below):

PIERS: How do you spend your life when you're not working? What will your life here be this week? What will you do?

CHELSEA: Well I am working this week.

PIERS: After the show, where do you go? What do you do?

CHELSEA: Well I have to come here and tolerate this nonsense, and then I have to go...

PIERS: Well this nonsense is designed to flaunt your tawdry book.

CHELSEA: I know, I'm going to go do a book signing at Target in Westwood. And then I go on the road every weekend and perform live stand-up comedy and do book signings. And, uh, you know, that's it. I'm just, I'm a workhorse. I'm a workaholic.

PIERS: You tweet. Very amusingly.

CHELSEA: I wish you did.

PIERS: [laughter]

CHELSEA: I mean in the middle of the commercial break — I want your viewers to know; I mean they must know, because they're probably following you on Twitter. I mean you can't even pay attention for 60 seconds. You're a terrible interviewer.

PIERS: Well you just weren't keeping my attention. It's more an issue for you than me.

CHELSEA: Well that's not my problem.

PIERS: That is your problem!

CHELSEA: This is your show. You have to pay attention to the guests that you invited on your show.

PIERS: If they're interesting enough!

CHELSEA: Yeah, listen. It doesn't matter how interesting I am. You signed up for this job.

PIERS: Of course it does!

CHELSEA: Well, maybe that's why your job is coming to an end.



It reminded me of listening to her interview with Marc Maron where she was not as cruel, but just as resolutely unfazed and in command of the situation. Whatever you think of Chelsea Handler, she seriously could teach a master course in being unflappable. If you want to see the longer clip of the CNN incident, check out this one, but I would say this exchange below has the most heated crucial moment:

Curious what you think? Especially now that I've read 800 different opinions from people on Facebook.


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