Rendell Explains Why He Lost It On 60 Minutes

01.12.11 | Sarah Harnisch

 Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell is finally speaking about losing his temper on a "60 Minutes" interview that aired Sunday. The clip showed the governor baring his teeth and calling reporter Lesley Stahl and the show’s staff "simpletons" and "idiots." During an interview Tuesday, the governor said though he apologized to Stahl afterward for his outburst, he didn’t apologize to her producers, who he said goaded her into asking him the same question "over and over again." He said the other alternative was to walk out of the interview, which was on the subject of casinos. But he said "that would have been just as bad because I believe the press should have access to public officials." The video went viral on the internet and quickly became the butt of jokes on comedy shows.