Donald Sterling’s alleged mistress, V. Stiviano, says his racist comments on an audio recording leaked to the public were not the first by the Los Angeles Clippers owner in conversations with her.
”There’s been a number of occasions where Mr. Sterling and I had conversations just like this one. This was one of very many,” V. Stiviano told Barbara Walters on ABC’s 20/20 in an interview that aired Friday night.
”Part of what the world heard was only 15 minutes. There’s a number of other hours that the world doesn’t know.”
Donald Sterling told his personal assistant V. Stiviano in the recording that she should not post online photos of herself with black people, including basketball great Magic Johnson, or bring black people to Clippers’ games.
V. Stiviano said that since the ban, Donald Sterling has felt confused, alone and not supported by those around him
The recording, which an attorney for V. Stiviano said was leaked by a third party, led to public outcry across the country and the NBA. Some sponsors dropped the Clippers and other re-evaluated their relationship with the NBA.
On Tuesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Donald Sterling for life, fined him $2.5 million and urged league owners to force him to sell the team. A three-quarters vote by the NBA owners is required to force him to sell.
Though V. Stiviano told Barbara Walters that Donald Sterling should ”absolutely” apologize, she said she still loves him like a father figure and does not believe he is a racist.
”I think Mr. Sterling is from a different generation than I am,” she said.
”I think he was brought up to believe these things, segregation, whites and blacks. But through his actions he’s shown that he’s not a racist. He’s shown to be a very generous and kind man.”
V. Stiviano, 31, said that since the ban, Donald Sterling has felt confused, alone and not supported by those around him.
”I think he’s highly more traumatized and hurt by the things that he said himself,” she said.
”I think he can’t even believe or understand sometimes the thing he says, and I think he’s hurt by it. He’s hurting right now.”
Donald Sterling, 80, has been accused of racial missteps before.
The billionaire had paid a $2.76 million settlement to resolve a federal lawsuit accusing him of systematically excluding blacks and Hispanics from his rental properties.
Donald Sterling also won a wrongful termination lawsuit by general manager Elgin Baylor, who accused him of various slurs and slights.
Barbara Walters defended Woody Allen from allegations by his estranged daughter Dylan Farrow that he assaulted her when she was a child during Monday’s edition of The View.
Other panelists on the show tried to argue that Woody Allen’s previous attraction to younger women could give credibility to the claims, but Barbara Walters shut them down repeatedly.
“I know Mia [Farrow], I have a good relationship with her,” Barbara Walters explained.
Barbara Walters defended Woody Allen from allegations by his estranged daughter Dylan Farrow
“But I’ve been with Woody many times with his two daughters, he’s got almost a twenty-year-old marriage … I have rarely seen a father as sensitive, and as loving and as caring as Woody is to his daughters. … I don’t know about Dylan, I can only tell you about what I’ve seen now, that it’s a good marriage and that he’s a loving, caring father.”
“She has nothing to gain by coming out and saying this,” Jenny McCarthy said.
“Supposedly, she’s very angry,” Barbara Walters responded.
“But she’s doing it now because he’s up for an award, so the question is does your personal life interfere with the award?”
Barbara Walters’ special, The 10 Most Fascinating People, is now in its 21st year.
This year’s edition includes Jennifer Lawrence, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, ABC News’ very own Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts, Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, together known as KimYe, the breakout stars from the hit reality TV show Duck Dynasty, and arguably the most famous infant in the world, Kate Middleton and Prince William’s baby George.
Barbara Walters’ special, The 10 Most Fascinating People, is now in its 21st year
This year’s show will also reflect on moments from the past 20 years of Barbara Walters’ Most Fascinating People of the Year specials, which started in 1993.
This will be the last Most Fascinating special for Barbara Walters, who announced last May that she would retire from TV journalism in 2014.
Jennifer Lawrence has said she thinks “it should be illegal to call someone fat on TV”, after red carpet criticism of her own figure.
Speaking to Barbara Walters, Jennifer Lawrence, 23, added: “Because why is humiliating people funny?”
Jennifer Lawrence said she was worried about how the media’s attitude affected young people.
The actress features in Barbara Walters’ series The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013.
“I get it, and I do it too, we all do it,” Jennifer Lawrence told Barbara Walters.
Jennifer Lawrence features in Barbara Walters’ series The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013
“[But] the media needs to take responsibility for the effect that it has on our younger generation, on these girls who are watching these television shows, and picking up how to talk and how to be cool,” the actress said.
“So all of the sudden being funny is making fun of the girl that’s wearing an ugly dress. And the word fat! I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV.”
She added: “I mean, if we’re regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words, because of the effect they have on our younger generation, why aren’t we regulating things like calling people fat?”
Jennifer Lawrence, who won an Oscar earlier this year for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook, has previously spoken out against gossip magazines and TV shows such as E!’s Fashion Police, presented by Joan Rivers, which criticize the way women look.
Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson reportedly snubbed Barbara Walters in a recent interview, opting to go duck hunting instead.
Phil Robertson, 67, was supposed to accompany the rest of his family for a taped interview of Barbara Walters’ Most Fascinating People of the Year special.
The Robertsons made Barbara Walters’ annual list along with actress Jennifer Lawrence, singer Miley Cyrus, and reality star Kim Kardashian, among others.
In a sneak preview of the transcript from the interview, set to air Wednesday, Barbara Walters asks Phil Robertson’s wife, Miss Kay, if her husband would rather go hunting than sit down for the ABC network interview.
Phil Robertson snubbed Barbara Walters interview opting to go duck hunting instead
“He would rather shoot ducks than talk to us, yes?”
Miss Kay Robertson responded jokingly: “Oh yes. Between, uh, November and January, I told him I didn’t ever plan to die then, because, he may not be at my funeral.”
“Tell him I have never been superseded by a duck before,” Barbara Walters quipped.
The Robertson clan went on to tell Barbara Walters that this isn’t the first time Phil has skipped out on a big family event to go duck hunting.
Jessica Robertson, Jep’s wife, told Barbara Walters that Phil missed the birth of his son, Jase, because he was busy sitting in a duck blind.
“Well, he missed the birth of Jase because he was in the duck blind, and he wouldn’t leave,” Jessica Robertson explained.
Barbara Walters has announced she will retire in 2014.
The ABC network said Barbara Walters, 83, has confirmed the plans on Monday’s edition of The View, the all-female daytime talk show she created in 1997.
Since her career began in 1961, Barbara Walters has interviewed Michael Jackson, Cuba’s Fidel Castro and every US president and first lady since Richard Nixon.
Barbara Walters was the first woman to anchor a daily network television news show in 1976.
“I am very happy with my decision and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead both on The View and with ABC News,” Barbara Walters said in a statement.
“I created The View and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it.
“I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain. I want instead to sit on a sunny field and admire the very gifted women – and, OK, some men, too – who will be taking my place.”
Barbara Walters has announced she will retire in 2014
Barbara Walters’ career in TV journalism began at NBC’s morning news and entertainment programme, The Today Show, which she co-hosted for 15 years before moving to rival network ABC to co-host the Evening News, a first for a female journalist.
ABC said in March Barbara Walters planned to retire in May 2014 after more than five decades as a prominent figure on US television.
On Sunday, ABC News president Ben Sherwood said: “There is only one Barbara Walters.”
“We look forward to making her final year on television as remarkable, path-breaking and news-making as Barbara herself,” he added.
Barbara Walters suffered periods of ill health over the past three years, including open heart surgery in 2010.
In January 2013, Barbara Walters suffered concussion after a fall, and was then diagnosed with chicken pox, causing her to miss more than a month of work.
Barbara Walters has been hospitalized after she fell last night at an inauguration party and will be unable to contribute to ABC News’ coverage of the event.
Barbara Walters, 83, only suffered a cut to her head, but has been hospitalized “out of an abundance of caution”, according to ABC News’ spokesperson.
Because of her injury, the veteran newswoman will not contribute to Monday’s second inauguration of President Barack Obama.
Barbara Walters was in Washington to cover the inauguration events and tripped last night on a step at the residence of Britain’s U.S. ambassador, Sir Peter Westmacott, Politico’s Mike Allen first reported.
Barbara Walters has been hospitalized after she fell last night at an inauguration party and will be unable to contribute to ABC News’ coverage of the event
ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said that the fall left Barbara Walters with a cut on her forehead.
Jeffrey Schneider said today that “out of an abundance of caution”, Barbara Walters was taken to a hospital to get the cut treated and to receive a full examination.
He said Barbara Walters is alert “and telling everyone what to do”, which is “a very positive sign”.
It’s unclear when Barbara Walters might be released from the hospital, which ABC hasn’t identified.
According to TV Newser, Barbara Walters will not contribute to Monday’s ceremony and could be off the air for several days.
As it stands, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor the day’s events for the network.
Barbara Walters was TV news’ first female superstar, making headlines in 1976 as a network anchor with an unprecedented $1 million annual salary.
During more than thirty years at ABC, and before that at NBC, Barbara Walters’ exclusive interviews with rulers, royalty and entertainers have brought her celebrity status.
In 1997, Barbara Walters created The View, a live weekday talk show that became an unexpected hit.
Barbara Walters had heart surgery in May 2010 but returned to active duty on The View that September, declaring: “I’m fine!”
Even at her age, Barbara Walters continues to keep a busy schedule, including appearances on The View, prime-time interviews and her annual special, 10 Most Fascinating People.
Barbara Walters has named Honey Boo Boo as one of her Most Fascinating People of 2012.
Barbara Walters, 83, has been spellbound by the antics of the spoiled 7-year-old beauty queen Honey Boo Boo, whose real name is Alana Thompson.
The veteran TV journalist told Us Magazine the reason the TLC show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is a hit as it exposes the touching bond she has with her mother June Shannon.
She said: “It’s a love story. It’s a very sweet, loving story.
“A lot of people will say, <<For heaven’s sake, this is ridiculous, this is a child at 5 or 6 years old entering beauty contests>>.
“But the relationship between Alana and her mother – that’s the story, the two of them. It’s very touching.”
And Barbara Walters claims beneath the bluster, the show is actually full of demonstrations of old-fashioned family values.
She said: “Honey Boo Boo is not an obnoxious little girl. She’s sweet and loving with her mother and loving with her sisters [Jessica, Lauryn and Anna].
“And now Anna has a new baby, and the baby has [three] thumbs – but so what? It’ll make you smile.”
Barbara Walters has named Honey Boo Boo as one of her Most Fascinating People of 2012
Ben Affleck, One Direction and 50 Shades of Grey writer E.L. James have also been named among the Ten Most Fascinating People of 2012.
The Argo director, British boyband and literary sensation have made the ranks this year for Barbara Walters’ annual television special.
The veteran newswoman revealed Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane and Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas also made the cut.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton makes the list for a second time; and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will make his debut.
Three others on the list have yet to be announced.
Ben Affleck has had a banner year, now tipped for an Oscar for his critically-acclaimed CIA drama Argo, in which he stars and directs.
One Direction has meanwhile conquered the US music charts after its members Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan emerged a public favorite after finishing third on The X Factor UK in 2010, while E.L. James has made similar feats in the literary world with her erotic novel.
The most fascinating person of 2012 will be named during Barbara Walters’ December television special, which typically includes sit-down interviews with those on the list.
Hillary Clinton was previously named in 1993 during her tenure as First Lady of the United States.
Late Apple boss Steve Jobs was number one on the list last year, preceded by shamed former CIA boss General David Patraeus in 2010.
First Lady Michelle Obama was number one in 2009, preceded by President Barack Obama.
Speaking on The View on Monday, Barbara Walters said 2012 list was compiled of people “very much in the news” this year.
She also added there would be “no criminals” on the list.
Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year is scheduled to air December 12th on ABC network.
Kirstie Alley recently admitted to falling in love with Patrick Swayze during the filming of their 1985 telemovie North and South.
Now, Kirstie Alley has revealed details about how she propositioned her late co-star, who she claims rejected her at the time because she was “drunk”.
Putting to rest rumors of an affair, Kirstie Alley, 61, recalls in her new book, The Art of Men, telling the married actor: “I want to make love with you. I just don’t care anymore, let’s just do it.”
In her new book, The Art of Men, Kirstie Alley says it all unfolded after a night of partying with the late actor, who had completely charmed her on set.
The actress says she never cheated on her husband at the time, Parker Stevenson. But she considered it.
Patrick Swayze, who was married to his wife of 34 years, Lisa Niemi, didn’t accept her offer, however.
Brushing off her advances, Kirstie Alley recalls him telling her: “No. Come on, you’re drunk. Kirstie, you don’t really want to do it. You’re not that kind of girl.”
Kirstie Alley earlier this week claimed the two shared an “intense attraction” when they first met.
On Monday night’s Entertainment Tonight, Kirstie Alley said she tried to avoid “going down that road” but they ultimately fell in love.
“Both of us were married. We did not have an affair,” the actress said.
“But again, I think what I did was worse.
“Because I think when you fall in love with someone when you’re married you jeopardize your own marriage and their marriage. It’s doubly bad.”
Patrick Swayze died from pancreatic cancer in 2009.
Kirstie Alley recently admitted to falling in love with Patrick Swayze during the filming of their 1985 telemovie North and South
Kirstie Alley also told Entertainment Tonight that although she’s friends with Patrick Swayze’s widow, who asked Alley to speak at her husband’s funeral, she is uncertain if Lisa Niemi is aware of their relationship.
Her revelations come after she described Look Who’s Talking Now co-star John Travolta in a shock interview on 20/20 with Barbara Walters last Friday.
Kirstie Alley was married Parker Stevenson at the time, and John Travolta was single when the shot the movie, which was released in 1989.
She told Barbara Walters her attraction to John Travolta was dynamic, adding: “It took all the power I had not to run off with him,” insisting they, too, did not have an affair.
Kirstie Alley went on to make two sequels with John Travolta, Look Who’s Talking Too and Look Who’s Talking Now!
John Travolta married actress Kelly Preston in 1991, and the trio have remained close friends, she says.
Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night, Kirstie Alley said of their attraction: “The only good part of it is I didn’t turn it into a sexual relationship, which is really good. Because for me if I have sex with someone, I have to marry them.”
“My mother told me I would be a w***e if I didn’t marry someone I had sex with, so I was trying not to be a w***e.”
“Once you have sex with somebody else – I thank God I’m not that girl. But I wrote this story because it’s about men who influenced my life that I really love deeply… I’m proud of us. We chose not to.”
She also writes in her memoir Cheers co-star Woody Harrelson incessantly insisted they sleep together, in a “half joking and half serious” manner.
“We’re not sleeping together, I would say, half wishing I wasn’t married so we could,” she writes.
Woody Harrelson was not married when he portrayed naive barman Woody Boyd in the bar based comedy series from 1985 to 1993.
The actress was married to Bob Alley for seven years, starting in 1970.
Kirstie Alley tied the knot with second husband, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries star Parker Stevenson in 1983.
They divorced in 1997, and shared custody of their two adopted children.
Kirstie Alley has confessed her real true love isn’t one of her ex-husbands as she fell hard for John Travolta while they were filming Look Who’s Talking and has never found anyone who measures up to him.
Kirstie Alley, 61, described John Travolta as the “love of my life” in a new shock interview on 20/20 with Barbara Walters, which will air on Friday night.
Barbara Walters gave a sneak peek of the confession in a preview clip on The View this morning,
Kirstie Alley was married to fellow actor Parker Stevenson at the time, and John Travolta was single when the shot the movie, which was released in 1989.
The actress tells Barbara Walters her attraction to John Travolta was dynamic, adding: “It took all the power I had not to run off with him.”
Because she was married, Kirstie Alley said she did not pursue a relationship.
However, she went on to make two sequels with John Travolta, Look Who’s Talking Too and Look Who’s Talking Now!.
John Travolta married actress Kelly Preston in 1991. The couple had three children, including son Jett who died in 2009.
Kirstie Alley has confessed her real true love was John Travolta during interview with Barbara Walters
Over the years, Kirstie Alley and John Travolta have remained extremely close thanks in part to their mutual beliefs in Scientology.
Kirstie was married to Bob Alley for seven years, starting in 1970.
She tied the knot with second husband Parker Stevenson in 1983.
They divorced in 1997, and shared custody of their two adopted children.
Kirstie Alley’s full interview will air tonight on 20/20 at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.