LONDON, United Kingdom (The Adobo Chronicles, Berlin Bureau) – Television viewers are used to talk show invited guests walking out during live interviews, but what happened at BBC tonight was the exact opposite. The talk show host walked out on his guest.
Stephen Sackur was interviewing ousted Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno when he suddently took of his lapel microphone and ear phones, then stormed out of the television studio.
Here’s part of that interrupted live interview:
Sackur: Good evening Ms. Ex-Chief Justice. As you know the reason our program is called ‘Hardtalk’ is because we ask hard questions and expect honest answers from our guests. So let me go straight to the point: did you or did you not violate your country’s Constitution when you failed to submit your SALNs as required by your high position?
Sereno: Stephen, I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I might incriminate myself. Please talk to my lawyers.
Sackur: But aren’t you a lawyer yourself?
Sereno: That goes without saying, but I still refuse to answer your question.
Sackyr: Well, in that case, Madam Sereno, there is no point in having this interview.
(It was at this moment that the broacast went off the air)