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April 10 2014 at 11:58 am
Barbara Walters is set to retire next month, and the 84-year old broadcasting legend is set to go out with a bang, so to speak.
That’s because Walters plans to interview perhaps the most famous White House intern ever, Monica Lewinsky.
Walters’ 1999 interview with Lewinsky drew a record 74-million viewers, and while the residue of the infamous sex scandal involving former US Bill Clinton is sure to form part of the show, Walters claims she is more interested in Lewinsky’s personal life.
“I’d like to interview Monica again. I think Monica’s story is very interesting, because everybody else has been able to move on. I’m touched by the fact that she hasn’t been able to,” she said in an interview with Variety.
The Lewinsky topic is clearly uppermost in Walters’ mind, as she raised the topic in two further interviews.
“I wouldn’t mind if my last one was Monica Lewinsky,” she said in an interview with Extra.
“I like Monica. She hasn’t been seen. I think she’s a good person and I wouldn’t mind doing an interview with her.”
A few days later, she told David Letterman, also on the brink of retiring, the same thing.
Part 1 of the first interview:
“I think she has an OK life,” she told the talk show host.
“I think it’s still difficult for her. Since this is my last year in television, I would love to be able to talk to Monica again.”
All that’s left is for the now 40-year-old Lewinsky to agree.
Walters has also said that she’d like to interview the Pope and Queen Elizabeth, but a Lewinsky interview would certainly ensure a rousing send-off for what has been a stellar career. – Tonight Reporter
Columbus Ledger-EnquirerMay 6, 2014 Updated 59 minutes ago
Monica Lewinsky is breaking her silence.
The woman who became famous more than 15 years ago when, as a White House intern, she had a sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton, has written an exclusive account of that experience (and the years since) for Vanity Fair.
In a piece online (slugged “monica-lewinsky-speaks”), Lewinsky attacks her years of silence directly — “So silent, in fact,” she writes, “that the buzz in some circles has been that the Clintons must have paid me off; why else would I have refrained from speaking out? I can assure you that nothing could be further from the truth.”
Now 40, Lewinsky said, “I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened.”
Since the mid-’00s, Lewinsky has stepped almost wholly out of the spotlight. She earned her master’s degree in social psychology from the London School of Economics — her thesis was subtitled “An exploration of the third person effect and pretrial publicity” — and is “trying to lead a private live,” a former rep told CNN earlier this year.
Read the online piece here. The full account is available in Vanity Fair’s latest issue.
• “Sure, my boss took advantage of me, but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship. Any ‘abuse’ came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position.”
• “I turned down offers (after the relationship became public) that would have earned me more than $10 million, because they didn’t feel like the right thing to do.”
• Following the widespread coverage of the suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi in 2010, after Clementi learned he’d been secretly recorded with another man, Lewinsky confronted her own previous suicidal tendencies — and what came after. “My own suffering took on a different meaning. Perhaps by sharing my story, I reasoned, I might be able to help others in their darkest moments of humiliation. The question became: How do I find and give a purpose to my past?”
The next question is: What about Hillary? (The Monica Lewinsky scandal has always been a triangle.) As the former Secretary of State does or does not prepare a run for president, her every move gains greater prominence. Even pregnancies adjacent to her are scrutinized.