Watch Barbara Walters’ V. Stiviano Interview: A Match Made in Camp TV Heaven

V. Stiviano Barbara Walters
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V. Stiviano seemed to be auditioning for her own reality show on Friday’s “20/20,” while Barbara Walters seemed to be doing her best impersonation of Barbara Walters.

It was a jump ball who looked worse, but in camp TV terms, a match made in heaven.

Watching the interview, as well as the unintentionally comic intros from the program’s anchors, it was hard not to think about the writers for “Saturday Night Live,” “John Oliver Tonight” and “The Daily Show” (in that sequence, airdate-wise), all working furiously to turn around bits on the blather.

Stiviano, 31, spoke publicly about her relationship with embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling (pictured with Stiviano above), who was banned for life by the National Basketball Assn. over racist comments caught on an audiotape leaked to TMZ. But teams of analysts could spend years trying to parse her statements without finding much clarity in them; instead, it wound up sounding like words strung together, only occasionally making any sense.

She is Sterling’s “right hand,” she’s urging him to “come to his own rescue.” She loves Sterling, but isn’t in love with him. And no, she doesn’t think he’s a racist, but he should apologize.

For her part, Walters danced around the most obvious questions – So were you his mistress? Then why did he give you all those gifts? If you didn’t leak the tape, who did, and who recorded the tape if not you? Did you know you were being taped? Were you baiting him? – while asking about matters that felt like trifles.

Walters, of course, has made a career out of these big “get” interviews, although from ABC’s perspective, it’s strange that the network would allow this highly promotable exchange to be conducted by someone who – with Walters due to retire this month – represents the news division’s past, not its future. As for Stiviano, given the incentives usually associated with these exclusives, she apparently can’t stop herself when it comes to taking gifts that involve spending time with octogenarians.

According to Walters, she also interviewed Sterling on Friday, but after some thought and soul-searching (a “roller-coaster day,” she called it), he opted not to go on the record.

With the benefit of hindsight, that might have been the first good move Sterling has made in some time.


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  1. Pocket says:

    That used to be an insult of shame!

  2. Ryan Healey says:

    The entire interview was cringe worthy. Barbara Walters should have retired a decade ago. What interviewer doesn’t ask the very questions mentioned here. “If you didn’t leak the tape, who did, and who recorded the tape if not you?” “Did you know you were being taped?” I am sure Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and many other experienced interviewers were stunned that Walters was so far off her game and allowed to do this interview.

    It was very clear Stiviano has little to say and did this exchange for the money ABC paid her and to try and garner some fame for herself. You love him but are stabbing him in the back by saying he should apologize and that you have other recordings of him but aren’t saying why you recorded him. HUH? If she were my assistant she would have been fired long ago. This is your “right hand” Mr. Sterling?!

  3. Ricki H says:

    Why didn’t Barbara ask V. why she secretly recorded her “Daddy” to begin with? Were there conditions on her interview or is Barbara slipping?

  4. “She apparently can’t stop herself when it comes to taking gifts that involve spending time with octogenarians.”

    Brian, that’s a good line…!

  5. labman57 says:

    Donald Sterling = “caramel on a stick”

  6. Why are we even giving this prostitute (a person who offers sex exchange for “gifts”) a platform. She is dust in the wind. Also, Barbara Walters seemed confused by her own questions and not just the non-answers she received. It was like watching an idiot being interviewed by a bobble head doll.

  7. Brenda says:

    Wow, this piece of writing is good, my younger sister is analyzing such things,
    therefore I am going to convey her.

  8. F S N says:

    Reblogged this on Global News Now.

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