Who shows up to an interview on national television in a cut-off shirt and cowboy hat? Robert Blake does, thankyouverymuch. The former Beretta actor appeared on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight Wednesday night to promote his new book, Tales of a Rascal, a memoir that explores his life from The Little Rascals until now. What it ended up being was an interview full of "WTF?" moments peppered with a few coherent answers.
The gist: Blake makes manic Charlie Sheen seem rational.
A clearly agitated Blake didn't want to talk about his murdered wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley. He was acquitted of killing her in 2007, but finds talking about her to be a "boring as hell" topic.
"My relationship with her was not bad. I felt sorry for her sometimes because God never gave her that little piece of sunshine that he gave me," Blake told Morgan. "All the times I could have been dead and should have been dead and would have been dead. But God always said, no, here's the sidewalk, little boy. Go out there and dance and they'll throw money."
He wasn't done.
"I didn't know her well enough to know her. I love her — well, I love you as a human being. You're my brother in arms," he said. "We're all in this thing together. But we were not dramatically in love or things like that."
So, how did she get him? She was a con artist, he said.
"Bonnie had people that she burned. How bad I don’t know. Did she steal everything from them? We’ll leave that alone. But nobody really knew where Bonnie was," he said. "She had 15 ID cards. She had 15 credit cards. She had different places where she lived and nobody could ever find her if they were looking for her."
"I think she was a con artist, yes," Blake mused. "I think she came to Hollywood to con her way into show business."
The oddest exchange came when Morgan asked him about the book. Blake said he was inspired to write after finding a photo album "covered with rat s**t," but then he went into a tirade against the "rotten b*****d officers that arrested him for Bakley's murder.
"I’ll get you son of a b*****s later, but don’t think you’re going to get off the hook. I was supposed to die in that cell, wasn’t I, you b******s," he said directly to the camera. "Well I didn’t die, and you didn’t get your book deal, you mothers. I wrote a book about you, so you’ll have to go out and rip some other celebrity 'til he’s dead, then you can write a book about him."
The enraged actor then turned back to Morgan.
"I’m sorry, I’m back."
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