Oprah balks at Lewinsky’s terms

Ex-intern's reps inquire about intl. rights to tape

Monica Lewinsky’s conditions for an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey were just too much for the talkshow queen.

Winfrey said she was led to believe she had an interview with the world’s most famous ex-intern, “and then the conversation moved in a direction that I did not want to go. I do not pay for interviews, no matter what the payment is called.”

According to an Associated Press report, Lewinsky’s reps wanted to know who would have the right to sell a tape of the interview in international markets. Winfrey said she felt giving up the rights would be just another way of paying for an interview. Winfrey’s show already has distribution in 135 countries.

Lewinsky’s spokeswoman, Judy Smith, told the AP she wouldn’t comment on the interview talks.

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