Emmy Award-winning singer-songwriter Carole King, whose Broadway musical “Beautiful” earned seven Tony Award nominations in 2014, stopped by “Morning Joe” on Wednesday, where she discussed her decision to perform at the homecoming celebration for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
“Bowe Bergdahl … lived in Hailey, Idaho, which is near where I live,” King explained. “I’m an Idahoan.”
Bergdahl, 28, was released May 31 after being held by the Taliban since June 30, 2009.
“I didn’t know him or his parents very well, but … Bowe was very well liked by the town,” King said. “All the things we’re finding out doesn’t change anything for me. I am committed to support[ing] my community, my neighbors, and Bowe, and the president in what they’re doing.”
Bergdahl’s freedom was secured in exchange for the release of five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to Qatar, a concession some Republicans find troubling.
On her response to the negative backlash surrounding Bergdahl’s release, King pleaded, “I would ask everyone to take a step back, let things unfold,” adding, “We did the right thing to bring this man home.”
The Broadway musical “Beautiful” – which is based on King’s life and features many of her most famous songs – is nominated for seven Tony Awards including Best Musical. The 2014 Tony Awards will air live Sunday on CBS.