During an otherwise mild and light-hearted interview with CBS's "This Morning" about his recent meeting with the Secret Service, Nugent went on a profanity-laced tirade about being a "loving, passionate man" after CBS reporter Jeff Glor suggested he wasn't a moderate.
"You are many things but you are not moderate," Glor said, before allowing Nugent to respond.
Nugent initially reacted by chuckling, according to the video. But his demeanor suddenly changed and he launched into an explanation:
If you examine how I conduct myself, I don't think a day goes by in my life for many, many years now, that we don't do charity work for children. I offer you this: You done a lot of interviews? Call me when you sit down across from someone who has more families with dying little boys and girls who get a call to take them on their last fishing trip in life. Call me when you [seemingly bleeped] meet someone who does that more than I do. Because that’s really moderate. In fact, you know what that is? That’s extreme. I’m an extremely loving, passionate man and people who investigate me honestly, without the baggage of political correctness, ascertain the conclusion that I’m a damn nice guy. If can you find a screening process more powerful than that, I’ll [bleep]. Or [bleep]. How’s that sound?
Glor's recorded voice then comes on, but you can still make out Nugent saying, "--that I might not be acceptable to somebody. Put that on the air."
But here's where things get real interesting: in the pre-produced piece that aired on television, Glor says he has "no idea" where the outburst came from, and then suggests Nugent might be angry because one of his shows for the troops recently got canceled. But CBS gets into more detail online.
In it's web story, CBS notes that Nugent's wife came up to him immediately after the interview and said he should apologize, especially since part of the tirade was aimed at a female producer off camera. He did. It also mentions Nugent called later and said he was rushed to the emergency room after because of a kidney stone.
Glor did note this in a back-and-forth with Charlie Rose in the studio after the piece aired, but that explanation was not included in the piece he put together beforehand.
Here's the relevant part of the interview that aired on CBS "This Morning":
And does anyone else find it curious that Nugent's initial reaction to Glor's suggestion is to laugh and agree, and then the video immediately shows him getting angry? Did Nugent really get that angry that quickly, or was it the work of a helpful edit?
We've reached out to the Nugent camp for comment but have not yet heard back.
For what it's wroth, you can see the entire interview below:
Commenter CANDCANTIQUES makes an interesting observation in the comments about a possible edit:
WATCH THE VIDEO THIS WAY on the top clip at 18 seconds Ted’s right hand is DOWN, then the camera switches positions and at 19 seconds Teds right hand is up and pointing. I will admit some people can move fast but C’MON !!! WHAT WAS CUT OUT. WHAT DID THE REPORTER SAY THAT THEY CUT OUT. Ted might be fast with his hands but no way hes that fast, THAT WAS EDITED TO MAKE TED LOOK BAD GUARANTEED. Tell me I’m wrong folks. Run through 18 seconds to 20 seconds and tell me something wasnt cut out.
Food for thought.