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CNN+ host Chris Wallace attempted to shame and entrap actor William Shatner for a show of his that was internationally distributed and wound up on “Russia Today” (RT) before it was taken off the air, shamelessly asking him if he was “embarrassed” over it airing on the channel.
Shatner sat down with Wallace on Thursday during a CNN+ segment from the soon-to-be-canceled show, “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?” He was cornered by Wallace during the interview over programming that aired on RT which the actor had no control over and the leftist host wanted to know about his feelings on the subject.
“So, I’m going to ask an earnest, honest question because there’s a controversy that’s been stirred up… you know what it’s about,” Wallace said to Shatner according to Mediaite.
“No, I don’t,” the actor replied.
“Yes, you do,” Wallace rudely insisted.
@WilliamShatner must be enjoying Chris Wallace's deserved comeuppance today. Shatner's show isn't even political. The show was for @OraTV and Shatner doesn't control distribution. But Wallace wanted to try to pull a @jaketapper w/"Muh Russia." https://t.co/v66V4KdPBm
— Sarcastic Cupcake (@SarcasticCupcak) April 23, 2022
“You have a TV series called ‘I Don’t Understand,’ and it runs on RT America,” Wallace stated.
“No it doesn’t,” Shatner said, cutting Wallace off.
“Let me finish. I always say let me ask the question, then you can answer,” the host responded attempting to put Shatner in his place.
“It ran on RT America until RT America was taken off the air because of Ukraine,” the host arrogantly asserted. “I understand you didn’t make it for RT America. It’s part of a distribution deal. Here is the question: Do you have any misgivings about the idea of appearing on a pro-Russian station, channel?”
The interview gave the impression that Shatner was ambushed with the question. He explained to Wallace that he made the show for Ora TV which streams free digital content online. His show is called, “I Don’t Understand” and addresses subjects that Shatner knows nothing about.
“Imagine saying, ‘How do you write an opera?’ And you talk to a guy on how to write an opera,” the actor remarked.
Chris Wallace, who’s network just pulled the plug on him?
— Brenda Townsend (@Brendakwawa111) April 23, 2022
Lmao. Chris Wallace now has no show 😂 The irony
— Nonexistent Ducey/Sinema Voter 🦄 (@PhxGOP) April 22, 2022
Shatner told Wallace that he found out later that the show was sold to RT by Ora TV.
“It’s like the BBC… it’s the arm of a nation and they have their point of view,” he pointed out, referring to RT. “What’s the problem?”
“Russian television is not the BBC,” Wallace condescendingly told Shatner.
Shatner asserted that he didn’t know that, and added, “I’m doing a show that is as non-political as you can get.”
“But now that you know what RT is, are you embarrassed at all that you were appearing there?” Wallace pressed.
He’s going to be an ass right up to the very end, innit he?
— joel (@no1rwest) April 23, 2022
🤡 Wallace works for CNN+ a $300 million streaming service that failed in a week. And he’s asking OTHER people about being embarrassed ? 😂
— Nilustbe (@nilustbe) April 23, 2022
Shatner thought about it and replied, “Well, it’s a complex question… I was having the most fun.”
He stated that the show can also be found on YouTube.
Wallace didn’t give up and asked Shatner if he was embarrassed again. The actor wasn’t having any of it and simply didn’t answer the question. He then launched into an impression of Jerry Lewis after referring to the reactions he had received over the show airing on RT. He claims he honestly didn’t know anything about the Russian propaganda outlet.
It became glaringly obvious that Shatner did not want to make the show about politics in any way, shape, or form and he attempted to get that across to Wallace in a non-confrontational way. The former Fox News anchor did not appear to get the point.
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