Robert Blake erupted at Piers Morgan on Wednesday when the CNN primetime host questioned whether Blake was telling the truth about the circumstances surrounding the death of his wife Bonnie Lee Bakley.
Blake appeared on Morgan's program to promote his upcoming memoir, which covers his extensive acting career as well as his personal life.
Though Blake was once best known for his appearances in the TV series "Baretta" and the film "In Cold Blood," he gained new notoriety after the murder of Bakley in 2001. Blake was arrested and charged with murder, but a jury acquitted him. He did lose a later civil case.
After Morgan asked Blake about that ordeal, he then said he was not sure if Blake was telling the truth.
The former child star exploded, saying "Well, tell me where I'm lying, because if you don't know I'm telling you the truth, then you must have a little scratch in the back of your head about where I'm lying. Tell me where I'm lying. ... You said I might not be telling the truth. What the hell is the difference?"
Morgan's attempts to mollify Blake initially failed, and he asked Blake why he was being so defensive. Blake responded by asking why Morgan was calling him a liar and said he usually doesn't interact with many people because his skin is a bit thin.
Then Blake added, "I've never allowed anybody to ask me the questions that you're asking. I allowed you to do that because I trust you. And I would have assumed that you and that guy in your ear would trust me. And if you don't, then we'd better start talking about 'The Little Rascals."
- Robert Blake
- Bonnie Lee Bakley