- "You can't say, 'I will not take responsibility for anything the NRA represents' if you're doing an ad for the NRA," said Rosie (who referred to Selleck as "Mr. NRA"). "You can't say that. Do you think you can?" Selleck said it was "an act of moral vanity" for O'Donnell to assume that someone who disagrees with her cares any less about gun control. "I didn't come on your show to have a debate," he said. "I came on your show to plug a movie ('The Love Letter'). That's what I'm doing here. If you think it's proper to have a debate about the NRA, I'm trying to be fair with you. This is absurd."
- An exasperated Selleck looked out on the silent audience. "It's certainly entertaining," he said. "Look at the audience, laughing and having a great old time." "It's a serious subject," Rosie shot back. "I don't think it's something to laugh about."
- Conceding the debate hadn't gone well, O'Donnell apologized to Selleck, saying she wasn't making a personal attack. Selleck, looking down at the floor, didn't accept it. "It's your show," he said, "and you can talk about it after I leave." Selleck left the set before the next segment.
- Later that same day, Selleck taped "The Late Show" with David Letterman. Topic of discussion: farming avocados.
Rosie, Selleck Clash
03/02/1999 AT 12:00 AM EST