Piers Morgan, host of Piers Morgan Tonight on CNN, doesn't like to be stood up.
So when embattled Senate candidate Todd Akin refused to sit down for an interview Monday night--even though he'd just scheduled the appearance earlier in the day--Morgan was incensed and not a little incredulous.
Staring down a shot of an empty chair, meant for Akin's exclusive interview, Morgan took the Representative to task.
It did not take long for Twitter to take advantage of Akin's stunt, sparking a parody account of the representative.
Just got done with a conference call and well give the fans what they want... Tape delayed coverage of the 1984 games— Akin's Empty Chair (@AkinEmptyChair) July 29, 2012
" Empty Chairs are People my friend" - Mitt Romney— Akin's Empty Chair (@AkinEmptyChair) August 21, 2012
I am not going to SIT out this Senate race— Akin's Empty Chair (@AkinEmptyChair) August 21, 2012
Paul Ryan - Empty Chair 2016 Let's End Medicare and replace it with MediCHAIR— Akin's Empty Chair (@AkinEmptyChair) August 21, 2012
— Chair McCaskill(@ChairMcCaskill) August 21, 2012
@akinemptychair I am running to replace Todd Akin for US Senate
Akin, of course, is the man who sent shockwaves through the election Sunday when he made comments on a Missouri TV show implying that women's bodies can reject pregnancy from resulting in "legitimate rape."
Despite calls from Republicans for Akin to drop out, and Karl Rove's PAC Crossroads GPS pulling all funding from the race, Akin has sworn to stay on. His Democratic opponent, incumbent Claire McCaskill is more than happy to keep him in the race.
But perhaps Piers is just a little sensitive to rejection, seeing as it has happened once before. You remember Christine O'Donnell, Senate candidate in 2010 from Delaware? Tea Party darling?
O'Donnell famously walked off Morgan's show when she found his line of questioning not to her liking.