Morgan Freeman has a net worth of $250 million, able to enjoy the finer things in life thanks to his massive resume. However, the actor will be the first to admit, this wasn’t always the case. At one point in time, his trajectory was very different.
« Was I always going to be here? No I was not. I was going to be homeless at one time, a taxi driver, truck driver, or any kind of job that would get me a crust of bread. You never know what’s going to happen. »
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He was able to steer the ship and enjoy quite the career. However, like so many of his other peers, he faced certain questions along the way that frustrated him.
We’ll take a look at Freeman’s reaction to 60-Minutes host Mike Wallace bringing up Black History Month. Freeman silenced the host with his response and given the fan reaction, he had lots of supporters by his side.
To kick things off, we’ll take a look at similar occurrences that have taken place, with Russell Brand completely silencing hosts.
Silencing A Host Is Very Common In The World Of Hollywood
Those awkward moments are very common in the world of Hollywood and in truth, Morgan Freeman is far from the only person to silence a host after a question.
Russell Brand found himself in this spot on a few occasions. During his time on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, things went completely off the rails from the start, when the host admitted she didn’t know who he was… The awkwardness would continue throughout the interview, with the panel referring to the actor as « he, » despite the fact that he was right there in front of them.
Brand silenced the panel, stating, « Stop saying he, I’m present, what’s wrong with your manners. Look beyond the superficial, that’s the problem with current affairs, you forget about the current agenda, focus on what I’m saying and not what I am wearing. »
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Brand did the same thing on Real Time with Bill Maher, giving his take on the election at the time. The discussion was about voting for Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump, while Brand would question why Bernie Sanders wasn’t in the conversation, stating this showed a major problem.
Like Brand, Freeman was able to completely silence a veteran host, though in this instance, it was related to a much deeper topic and one Morgan wanted to put to rest…
Morgan Freeman’s Take On Black History Month Silenced Mike Wallace On 60-Minutes
The incident involved the topic of Black History Month. Mike Wallace initiated the conversation on 60-Minutes, stating, « Black History Month you find? » Only for Freeman to respond by saying, « Ridiculous. »
The conversation took a turn when Morgan Freeman expressed his reasoning.
Freeman said, « You’re going to relegate my history to a month? What do you do with yours? Which month is white history month? »
At this point, Wallace looked completely rattled, unable to respond to Freeman’s opinion.
The host would then bring up that he was Jewish, only for Freeman to respond, « when is Jewish history month? » The host stated that he didn’t want a month, while Freeman agreed to same principle.
« Black history is American history, » Freeman would close off.
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It was quite the moment and one that had fans talking on platforms like YouTube, viewed by nearly 4 million people.
Fans Praised Morgan Freeman’s Reaction During His 60-Minutes Interview
The comments on YouTube showed nothing but support towards Morgan Freeman. They appreciated his honest stance and the simplicity that came with it.
One fans wrote, « Spot on. He is as close to the dream of MLK as you can get. »
Another fan wrote, « I swear, if everyone had 20% of this man’s wisdom, the world would be so much better. »
Fans also appreciated Freeman’s tone while making his point, not getting angry and being able to express himself properly.
« Even when Morgan Freeman is destroying you… He still does it so eloquently and seamlessly. He’s a great man, » the fan write in the comments.
These days, the 85-year-old is still showing no signs of slowing down. He recently completed several projects including A Good Person, The Minute You Wake up Dead, and Muti. He also has other projects on the horizon, including 57 Seconds, Hate to See You Go and Sniff.
A truly remarkable career and one that continues on.