Tea Party darling and senate candidate in Delaware, Christine O'Donnell went on Jay Leno's "The Tonight Show" Wednesday to explain why she had declined to appear on Bill Maher's HBO late night show during her campaign.
Maher had a boatload of O'Donnell clips - she'd been a frequent guest on his previous late night show, "Politically Incorrect" - including one in which she talked about having dabbled in witchcraft (hence her "I'm not a witch" campaign ads). Maher told viewers he would run an O'Donnell clip ever week until she came on the show, which she never did.
"I wanted to do the show. We just couldn't get it worked out," O'Donnell told Jay. "And then, my sister and I were watching the show when Bill made his threat, and I just thought...whether it's a comedian or a terrorist, you should not respond to threats."
Jay also worked the conversation around to another pressing issue during her campaign -- masturbation. Actually it was the subject of another clip from her past -- this one from an MTV show appearance. And because David Spade was Jay's other celebrity "get" that night and was seated on the couch, next to O'Donnell, the gracious host was trying to find topics of interest to both his guests.
"How did that even come about?" Leno wanted to know, in re that MTV clip.
"I used to be a liberal. I used to be a lot of things that I'm not," O'Donnell explained. "In the 90's, whether it was things that I said on MTV or things I said on 'Politically Incorrect'...I was a kid with a new opinion. And for me that was more of a ministry opportunity than a political statement."
(When O'Donnell appeared on the MTV series "Sex in the 90s" she was the president of Saviors Alliance for Lifting the Truth, which promoted abstinence. In the clip that popped up during her campaign, she argued masturbation was no substitute for abstinence because "the Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery...you can't masturbate without lust.")
"So, it's not so bad now?" Jay asked, in re masturbation.
I'm not EVEN going there!" she giggled.
Oh, and O'Donnell says she's gotten lots of "interesting" offers since the election -- ranging from a possible book deal -- to a reality TV series offer.
"What would a reality show be -- 'Delaware Shore'?" Jay joked lamely.
"I'm not interested in a reality show unless it would be -- we did a 30-minute ad for our campaign that highlighted how these issues impacted people's lives. I would like to do something like that -- like a watchdog-type show," she replied.
TLC -- you listening?
Here, O'Donnell discusses the Ghost of TV Appearances Past that had come back to haunt her during her campaign: