Malachi Love-Robinson, the 18-year-old accused of impersonating a doctor in Florida, cut short an interview Thursday morning with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” saying he did not like the tone of the questions.
Matt Gutman, the network’s senior national correspondent, had asked Love-Robinson if he was a fraud. Love-Robinson said he did not like the tone of Gutman’s questions, removed his earpiece and microphone and walked off the interview set.
Love-Robinson didn't get an easier time on NBC, either.
After it was mentioned toward the end of a “Today” segment about him that he has hired lawyers, meteorologist Al Roker made air quotes with his hands.
“They’re not really ‘attorneys.’ They’re just people who looked at law books,” Roker said, causing show host Savannah Guthrie to double-over in laughter.
Guthrie then chimed in: “They didn’t follow a ‘traditional path,” she said, laughing and flashing air quotes.
Roker finished the segment with more air quotes, saying, “He did study by watching ‘Doogie Howser,’” referring to the 1990s TV comedy about a teen physician.
The Good Morning America interview was conducted overnight. Other questions attempted to address whether Love-Robinson was a doctor and the way he dealt with a patient who later said he cashed nearly $2,800 in forged checks he had taken from her purse.
Love-Robinson denied the accusations. He claimed he has a Ph.D and has shadowed several physicians. He declined to share details of his education or experience.
Gutman said Love-Robinson has a standing offer to return to “Good Morning America” and continue the interview.
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