Steven Slater pulled off the rare hat trick of network morning shows Wednesday, as the former JetBlue flight attendant landed on ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’ The Early Show and NBC’s Today Show to discuss the day he quit his job — and became famous in the process.
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Slater’s been very quiet up until now, but with charges stemming from the incident settled earlier this month, he’s been on a media rampage, first appearing with Larry King Tuesday night, prior to making the network rounds Wednesday morning.
Of his August 8 inflight freak-out , he told Good Morning America that “it was one of those days that drove me to drink, and I admit that I had a little sip. It was time to go. I was in a little bit of a state of rage … I was done at that moment.
“At the end of the day, would I have chosen to make the same decisions again? Probably not,” he told Matt Lauer on The Today Show. “It was time to go — it was definitely time to go … I probably shouldn’t have allowed myself to get to a point where I had become so frustrated.”
He told The Early Show that “the event was far less spectacular than it was made out to be” in media reports.
“It was not this huge knock-down drag-out brawl that happened in the aisle,” he said. “It was something that was fairly innocuous at the time. There was never any malice. I don’t believe that the passenger that inadvertently struck me with the bag did it out of any kind of ill will … that perfect storm of incivility and craziness.”
Slater held back when asked if he’d apologize for any of his actions that fateful day.
“I think we again all had a part in this,” Slater said. “It was, again, a creation of a lot of different elements. It would be wonderful, if someday we have a chance to clear that air.”
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Slater made nationwide headlines famous August 9 after JetBlue Flight 1052, traveling from Pittsburgh-to-New York, landed at JFK airport. An upset Slater opened the emergency exit door of the plane he was working on, grabbed a can of beer, deployed an inflatable slide and slid off the aircraft, with many people hailing him as a “folk hero” in the wake of his well-publicized meltdown.