On the previous night's show Mr Campbell told viewers neither Parliamentary Service nor Mr Bridges were interested in discussing the living wage with the show.
"In fact, Simon Bridges is proving to be a very difficult minister to get to respond on any issue at all," Mr Campbell said.
But Mr Bridges last night told the Bay of Plenty Times he was in Tauranga on Monday but could not be on Tuesday's show because he was on a flight to Australia to meet the new Government's ministers - but would not have done the interview on Campbell Live's terms anyway.
"I wouldn't have done it the way they wanted because they wanted to do a pre-record where they could cut me down to the most embarrassing half second," he said.
"I've done serious interviews on mining and petroleum with all the big TV stations and radio shows. With Campbell Live [the same reporter] did a reasonably lengthy interview with me on another occasion and didn't run any of it. It seems to me that the reason they didn't was because it wasn't embarrassing enough for me.
"They seem to have a slant on the issue. That leaves me a little bit jaundiced about what they want to do with it.
"I'm happy enough to go on the show on the proviso it's a serious, considered interview that's live and not edited ..."
"Campbell Live is not going to bully me on to the show. It's a free world. He can say what he likes."
John Campbell is obviously treading very carefully here, whilst trying to portray himself as some sort of caped crusader for liberty and justice. But he has met his match in the Hon. Simon Bridges.
And we don't suppose that this infamous moment would be why Campbell Live prefers to be anything but live...