He really should have just taken charge of the moment there and shown some honesty and candor.
As Phillips conveyed, in interviews so admirable for their candor, there is no right way to sort it out.
What price will we pay for the inevitable evaporation of candor?
"openness of mind, impartiality, frankness," c.1600, from Latin candor "purity, openness," originally "whiteness," from candere "to shine, to be white" (see candle). Borrowed earlier in English (c.1500) with the Latin literal sense "extreme whiteness."