Donald Sterling’s Confidante V. Stiviano Speaks To Barbara Walters: “He’s Not a Racist” (Watch Full Interview)

Donald Sterling's Confidante V. Stiviano Speaks To Barbara Walters: "He's Not a Racist" (Watch Full Interview)

Via the S&A Twitter account earlier in the week, I teased that talk-show hosts, news anchors and other journalists are likely all stumping over themselves to be first to get an exclusive interview with now-banned (and fined) Los Angeles Clippers owner, Donald Sterling. I went further to say that Oprah Winfrey would probably snag him first, if only because she’s Oprah Winfrey, and she typically gets who/what she wants. I imagined Sterling seated opposite the compassionate Queen of all media, crying his eyes out, begging for forgiveness (because everybody cries when interviewed by Oprah; it’s probably in whatever written agreement guests on her show are asked to sign, at this point).

But Barbara Walters got to him first. Well, actually, she got to Sterling’s confidante V. Stiviano. As Walters explains in the video below, the interview was initially supposed to include Sterling as well. In fact, as she states, he agreed to it. But, maybe not-so surprisingly, backed out, leaving Ms Stiviano to face Walters’ solo.

So, the “who will interview Donald Sterling first” sweepstakes is still very much in play. And I’m sure many with the reach, have been working to book that conversation, which will surely be a ratings hit for whatever network airs it.  

In the meantime, watch Walters’ interview with V. Stiviano below, during which the veteran broadcast journalist asks whether Stiviano thinks the embattled NBA basketball owner should apologize for his racist remarks, whether she thought he would actually go through with a public apology, whether she’s been romantically involved with Sterling, and more…

NOTE: The interview is split into 2 parts, so when the first 10 minutes comes to an end, it’s not done. There’ll be a commercial, and then the program will continue.

Also, as you watch, ask yourself whether it seems like she’s being fed her answers, possibly via an earpiece.

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Comments

nycole hutchens

wow yea she is definitely being "fed" her answers in an ear piece this is bad.

sherma

she reminds me of omorasa

hu

She doesn't care that he's a racist. She wants white validation.

Miles Ellison

The rather twisted takeaway to this whole sordid affair is that it wasn't worthy of significant comment when Sterling's racism (illustrated by his discriminatory housing practices and his treatment of Elgin Baylor) affected people's lives in the real world. The tar and feathers came out when Sterling voiced his racist outrage at his bimbo for having her picture taken with famous black men. Apparently, Sterling's racist actions are less deserving of outrage than his temper tantrums. That's what's getting the attention. Not how his racist attitudes actually affected people, which SHOULD be the focus of the conversation. As Olivia Pope would say; "it's handled."

sergio

I gotta ask – was she in a car accident or did she pay somebody to do that to her face?

chasity

She is being feed her comments. 100%

Ava

I didn't mean to do it but last night, I caught some of the interview- a confluence of meandering utterings and obfuscation- while I was taking a break from writing. And I did get one thing: someone needs to show honey child a dictionary. Sterling typifies a textbook case of what a racist is.
Maybe she feels bad about his health problems– I wouldn't wish that insidious disease on…well, not even Donald Sterling but I'm pretty sure she knows he's racist and like QB said is doing some sort of damage control. Or maybe auditioning for some reality show.

mia

their both bottom feeders

QB

She's has little credibility imo.. but let's not bash the messenger. She leaked the tape, and the world got to see what an utter racist Sterling is, so she has my thanks for that. Now I guess they patched things up and she's doing damage control. Too late…

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