“It was a complete and utter ambush,” he said. “He told my staff that it was going to be fun, convivial, no clips, but [it] doesn’t matter, he’s a comedian, he can do whatever he wants.
“Was it a fair fight? No, it wasn’t even a fight. I came on with the idea of taking a high road approach and discussing the issues, obviously [Stewart] came on strictly to try to humiliate me. It was brutal. Was he stand-up? Absolutely not. Did he comport himself as a gentleman? Hardly. It was a deposition; he wants to be a prosecutor.”
Off-camera, Cramer says Stewart “had an animus toward me…he said, ‘I picked the wrong guy, I’m sorry,’ but that’s not gonna get out there. He just said it to me as just a throwaway. His goal was just to humiliate and destroy me and probably get me fired, and last I looked, I still have a show.”
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It was a 20 minute interview, he picked the worst eight minutes to make me look as horrible as possible. It’s his show, he can do whatever he wants. If he comes on my show, it’ll be a fair discussion, but he’s not gonna come on my show, because he’s all about his [ratings] numbers.
I left the field with tire tracks on my back, but [Ohio State has] a lot of good people who play sports, not just academics, and you understand that when your team is going to suffer a beat-down that is unfair, you shake the guy’s hand, you walk with your head high, and you leave,” he said.
One note — it was a 23-minute interview, and 15 minutes aired on TV, and the entire interview was put on the Web.