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Why Kelsey Grammer Walked Off the Set of "Piers Morgan Tonight"

Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Kelsey Grammer left Piers Morgan high and dry on the set of his talk show on Wednesday night, just moments before taping. Now it’s becoming clear why the “Frasier” star walked out.

Apparently he saw a picture in the studio of his ex-wife Camille Grammer.

Morgan, who has interviewed Grammer for his CNN show before, took to Twitter, saying, "So, Kelsey Grammer saw a photo of his ex-wife Camille in the open to our show and legged it. Extraordinary. Never had this happen before."

Later he wrote, "...This was a shockingly unprofessional thing to do. I wasn't even going to mention his ex-wife!"

Sources close to Grammer tell The Hollywood Reporter that the Boss star fled the studio because Morgan's staff did not replace his ex-wife's picture with one of his current wife Kayte Walsh, as per his request.

Grammer has yet to comment publicly on Wednesday's incident.

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Exclusive: Kirk Cameron Responds to Critics, ‘Hate Speech’

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kirk Cameron is fighting back against the “hate speech” he feels he’s endured since calling homosexuality “unnatural,” “detrimental,” and “ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization” during a Friday appearance on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight to promote his new film, Monumental.

In an email statement released exclusively to ABC News on Tuesday, Cameron said that when Morgan asked him to share his views on homosexuality, “I spoke as honestly as I could, but some people believe my responses were not loving toward those in the gay community. That is not true. I can assuredly say that it’s my life’s mission to love all people.”

“I should be able to express moral views on social issues,” he said, “especially those that have been the underpinning of Western civilization for 2,000 years — without being slandered, accused of hate speech, and told from those who preach ‘tolerance’ that I need to either bend my beliefs to their moral standards or be silent when I’m in the public square.”

He concluded, “I believe we need to learn how to debate these things with greater love and respect,” and added, “I’ve been encouraged by the support of many friends (including gay friends, incidentally).”

Cameron’s Growing Pains co-stars Tracey Gold and Alan Thicke have spoken out against his comments, along with many other celebrities. Over the weekend, GLAAD launched a petition called Tell Kirk Cameron It’s Time to Finally Grow Up.

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Kirk Cameron Receiving Support Despite Anti-Gay Comments

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While gay rights activists are eviscerating Kirk Cameron for calling homosexuality "unnatural," "detrimental," and "ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization," the former Growing Pains star has received "thousands of emails and comments" of support, Cameron's representative told ABC News on Monday.

"Cameron is thankful for the thousands of emails and comments that he's received from those who value the freedom to express one's beliefs," the actor's rep said in an email statement.

Cameron opined on gay rights during a Friday appearance on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight to promote his upcoming documentary, Monumental. On marriage equality, the outspoken evangelical Christian said, "Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve. One man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I don't think anyone else should either."

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His Hollywood colleagues have taken to Twitter to counter him. On Sunday, Tracey Gold, who co-starred with Cameron on Growing Pains, wrote, "I am a strong supporter of the #LGBT Community, and I believe in equal rights for all. #NOH8 #LOVE"

Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson quipped, "The only unnatural thing about me being gay is that I had a crush on Kirk Cameron until about 24 hours ago." Roseanne Barr wrote, "kirk or kurt or whatever cameron is an accomplice to murder with his hate speech."

CNN's Morgan told that he found Cameron's views "antiquated" but said the actor was "brave" to share them.

A representative for Cameron declined ABC News' repeated requests for comment.

Meanwhile, GLAAD has launched a petition to "Tell Kirk Cameron It's Time to Finally Grow Up." As of Monday afternoon, it had more than 2,300 signatures.

"Thousands, including many people of faith, have shared the campaign and spoken out against Cameron's remarks," GLAAD spokesman Herndon Graddick said in a statement Monday. "Kirk Cameron's statements are not only out-of-touch with the beliefs of most Americans, they contribute to a climate of hostility and falsely suggest that communities of faith are not accepting of LGBT people."

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CNN's 'Piers Morgan Tonight' Premieres with Guest Oprah Winfrey

Photo Courtesy - CNN/Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Piers Morgan's new CNN primetime talk show, Piers Morgan Tonight, premiered Monday night. As already publicized, his first guest was Oprah Winfrey, with whom he discussed her recent trip to Australia with fans who attended the season premiere of her talk show. Though John Travolta, a goodwill ambassador for Qantas Airways and a commercial-rated pilot, appeared on the season premiere, Oprah clarified that he did not fly the Qantas plane that took the audience members to Australia.

Morgan also asked Winfrey how many people she trusts in her life. She said there are five, but declined to name them.  Morgan correctly guessed that two of those people are her best friend, Gayle King, and her longtime partner, Stedman Graham.

Morgan's guests for the rest of the week include George Clooney and Ricky Gervais. Piers Morgan Tonight is CNN's replacement for Larry King Live, which ended last month.

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