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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 12/ 7/2009

Should Tiger sit down with Oprah?

By Liz Kelly

Woods and wife Elin Nordegren in 2006. (AP)

According to unconfirmed reports, so we're dealing in the realm of the speculative here, Oprah Winfrey has reached out her image-mending arm to Tiger Woods. Not only has she offered herself up as a confidante, but O is also angling to get Tiger -- and wife Elin Nordegren -- to sit down on her couch for some face time with America.

And while Oprah's couch is probably a better choice than the other networks angling for an interview -- ESPN, HBO and the Golf Channel -- would a tightly-scripted Oprah moment do much to repair Tiger's image?

Let's look at a few other TV confessions and how the confessors fared:

October 2009: David Letterman admits to affairs with staffers: Letterman stole the thunder from attempted extortionist Robert J. Halderman, admitting his affair with staffer Stephanie Burkitt on his own late-night show. He's now No. 1 in his timeslot and the scandal-loving public moved on. (Video)

June 2009: At a televised press conference, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford admits that instead of hiking the Appalachian trail, he was actually visiting Argentine lover María Belén Chapur. And despite likely censure for ethics violations, it's looking increasingly unlikely that Sanford will face impeachment.

1998: After first denying "sexual relations" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, Bill Clinton admitted to an affair in a televised address to the American public in August 1998, saying "Indeed I did have a relationship with Ms Lewinsky that was not appropriate. In fact, it was wrong." Four months later, the House Judiciary Committee proposed four articles of impeachment against the president for perjury and obstruction of justice. On February 12, 1999 the Senate acquitted Clinton. After leaving office, Clinton did the speaking circuit, started a foundation and became an elder statesman of the Democratic party. Wife Hillary is now Secretary of State.

1995: After the LAPD arrested Hugh Grant with prostitute Divine Brown, Grant kept his date to appear on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," saying, "I think you know in life what's a good thing to do and what's a bad thing, and I did a bad thing. And there you have it." Indeed. The public moved on, as did girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley -- the latter not until 2000.

With that in mind, cast your votes in today's poll...

By Liz Kelly  | December 7, 2009; 11:30 AM ET
Categories:  Insta-Polls, Tiger Woods  
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Comments

Is there such a thing as a tightly-scripted Oprah moment?

Posted by: dablues1 | December 7, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Tiger Woods should go on Oprah and offer to remind her of what it's like to have sex with a man.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | December 7, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Where's the option for don't care? On the news this morning, they were reporting on whether or not they should have reported on Tiger's mishap because it got so out of hand. That's news?

Posted by: JenEFur | December 7, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

OPRAH? Are you insane?! She'd eat him alive; all that'd be left would be a Nike swoosh after she's done being high and mighty and above reproach.

I'd rather see him sit down with Kate Gosselin, the ladies of The View and Barbara Walters for a good talking to. Would be much more entertaining.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | December 7, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I, for one, won't believe Tiger Woods until he jumps up and down on Oprah's couch and tells America how crazy he is about Elin.

Posted by: mdreader01 | December 7, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

(Oh, Barbara Walters IS on The View. And Kate was too, once. My bad.)

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | December 7, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Maybe. Will one lucky audience member find his balls, a bent golf club or keys to a slightly used Escalade under their seat?

Posted by: hodie | December 7, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

"Tiger Woods should go on Oprah and offer to remind her of what it's like to have sex with a man."

He's had sex with a man? What's he gonna say, that there's only one hole in one?

And you gotta love the New york post headline: Tiger's a Cheetah.

Posted by: kabuki3 | December 7, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I don't give a rat's a$s.

Posted by: jezebel3 | December 7, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I voted as a Celebritologist that I need to see him on Oprah. I also agree with the statement "he'd be better off maintaining his silence," but he hasn't asked me to advise him yet, so I'm going with my original statement.

and td and hodie rock.

Posted by: reddragon1 | December 7, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

And Oprah should offer to have sex with Tiger Woods to remind him of what it's like to have sex with a black woman.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | December 7, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

When Tiger tees up at his next wolf tournament, will someone in the gallery yell, "Schwing!"?

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | December 7, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I don't see Elin sitting there with him. I don't think she's too worried about his image.

Once the prenup favors her completely, I predict divorce.

Posted by: Amelia5 | December 7, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Tiger is a creep. I remember him saying something to the effect that a black woman could not do anything for him. As a black man, I was very offended and I hope the little ass....gets what he has got coming from all the little white sisters he was treating like trash.

Posted by: ILuvUS | December 7, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I still think this is a family affair and nobody's business. Who is Oprah kidding? She just wants ratings, she doesn't care about Elin, Tiger or the whole sordid train wreck.

Posted by: Californian11 | December 7, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Are any of Tiger's Corporate Sponsors tied to Oprah?

If so, could be conflict of interest...

Posted by: Spectator | December 7, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I am with JenEFur and Jez on this one. Wish there was an option for "I don't care why are we still talking about this."

Posted by: stefs624 | December 7, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I like the fact that most of us are at the point of making jokes about it because thats a sure sign of us loosing interest and it becoming old news and the media no longer sees it as profitable to cover him and moves on.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 7, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Sas, I didn't know Tiger was in "wolf" tournaments, but given his alledged behaviour looks like he would fit right in.

Posted by: reddragon1 | December 7, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

We are still talking about this as it continues to give the rockin' Lizards opportunity to evoke their creative genius and write funny things that make us laugh. Similar to the genius that inspired, "I applaud and appreciate my wife's courage in rescuing me from my SUV after my accident." (not quoted exactly).

Posted by: agog1 | December 7, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Sas
When Tiger tees up at his next wolf tournament, will someone in the gallery yell, "Schwing!"?

Maybe they should be checking the sky for a helicopter-ful of aerial wolf-hunters (not naming any names, of course)?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | December 7, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

He can sit down with whom he wants. After all, it is obvious that he lies down with whom he wants. But who the hell cares!!!!!!! Obviously, way too many people without a life. The lowest common denominator in the United States of Arrogance is scary. TFL, Ken

Posted by: kentigereyes | December 7, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I don't give a rat's a$s.

Posted by: jezebel3 | December 7, 2009 12:19 PM |

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Jez, is that rat's @ss offer still good? If so, I'd like to re-gift it to Dorkus. Not that Dorkus is a rat. I get the impression it's been a long time since anyone has given him a little @ss.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | December 7, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

And yet, Ken, here you are, along with the rest of us.

Posted by: dablues1 | December 7, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I voted that he keep his trap shut if it means talking to Oprah (so glad that show is wrapping up!) But I'll probably tune in if he spills his guts on Dr. Drew's Celebrity Sex Rehab...

Posted by: plamar1031 | December 7, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Jez,

On second thought, that kentigereys guy seems to be a more appropriate recipient of the rat patootie.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | December 7, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Don't care. It's his private business and up to him. But I don't think he owes anyone an explanation except for his wife.

Posted by: Guest1234 | December 7, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Jez, is that rat's @ss offer still good? If so, I'd like to re-gift it to Dorkus. Not that Dorkus is a rat. I get the impression it's been a long time since anyone has given him a little @ss.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | December 7, 2009 2:56 PM |


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Ouch Sas, that hurts and is in fact very close to the truth.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | December 7, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm interested enough to read Liz's stuff but I can't say I'm clicking on any of the tabs headlines to read further. People are interested for the snark value but really I don't think any of us care what he has to say about it. If the count is really 9 and rising...I hope his wife gets everything.

Posted by: Vienna8425 | December 7, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Hope he used a wood cover.

Posted by: whocares666 | December 7, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Dorkus, I think you should volunteer yourself to Elin for some revenge sex.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | December 7, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Nine? Really? Where did that figure come from?

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | December 7, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Sas, I'd gladly help her with whatever she may need.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | December 7, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Sas, not my fault that Dorkus lives waaaay over in another state (and has seen my picture so seems less interested).

Posted by: epjd | December 7, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Why do some people think Oprah is the answer to all questions? Who made her the arbitrator of truth?

Tiger doesn't need Oprah to validate or give him absolution.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | December 7, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

"Should Tiger sit down with Oprah."

Well, sitting down with a woman might be a nice change of pace for the guy...

Posted by: byoolin1 | December 7, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

at this point in time, an interview with goddess oprah is too little, too late. this misadventure has been a tutorial in what not to do. and to think he pays his advisors money. they're worthless. as i wrote last week, death by a thousand cuts. who the $#$#)* wants to interview a guy who has likely slept w/scores of women since he married and why? and now the impaired driver info is coming out and that the prosecutor refused to issue a search warrant. there was plenty of probable cause here. entire story smells.

Posted by: frieda406 | December 7, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Sas, not my fault that Dorkus lives waaaay over in another state (and has seen my picture so seems less interested).

Posted by: epjd | December 7, 2009 5:45 PM

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ep, tell that Dorkus to buy a freakin' plane ticket, come to town, and show you a good time. Dining, dancing, the works. If he ain't interested, well...Jezebel has that rat's patootie.

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