Jesse James: 'I lied to everyone.' Viewing public: 'Snore.'
I'm guessing that, unlike me, Sandra Bullock did not stay up to watch Jesse James in his first interview on last night's "Nightline." That's because, also unlike me, Bullock is married (for now) to the guy and the reason he was granted said interview was so he could explain how he done her wrong. Way wrong.
And really, who needs to watch their ex prostrate himself in the court of public opinion on national TV? Especially since most of the juicy bits -- in which James explained how it was he came to cheat on Bullock with a series of busty tattooed babes -- were already posted online and shown on Tuesday's "Good Morning America?"
Oh, and lest you confuse "Nightline" with a program of the same name over which Ted Koppel once soberly presided with a daily diet of hard-hitting news, this ain't that show. This is the show that on Monday "interviewed" the Kardashian sisters about Botox and other things of absolutely zero interest. Still, "Nightline" and clearly hostile interviewer Vicki Mabrey were probably as close as James and his mea culpa could get to a somewhat respectable news outlet, though he likely had his pick of tabloid venues.
So just what did James have to say for himself?
On why he cheated:
"I knew it was horrible," said James in his Southern California surfer dude cadence. "I knew I would get caught. It was me trying to self-sabotage my life."
And: "I'm doing it because I never felt good enough for anyone."
And: "I may seem like a monster ... but that's not what it was about. I was trying to push someone away who I thought was going to leave anyway."
James also accused his father of emotional and physical abuse (his father denies the allegations) which, James posits, led to his feelings of inadequacy and, we're left to assume, his taste for tattoo models. And it turns out that the clip we've seen over the past few days of a visibly shaken James asking for a break as he holds back tears came at this moment in the interview when he opened up about his fractured childhood and not -- as clever editing led us to believe -- when he was talking about Bullock.
But, back to that whole cheating thing. Mabrey asked if it was true James had -- as reported -- dalliances with five different women:
"I wouldn't believe everything you read in the tabloids," said the admitted liar. "I was unfaithful to my wife and I wouldn't want to put any account to it. It doesn't matter. It could have been a million."
But is he a sex addict?
"I don't think I have a sex addiction where like, you know, I'm running around trying to have sex with everyone and I can't stop," said James. "I think I do things to sabotage my life, including having extra-marital affairs, texting, overworking myself, injuring myself ... I do a lot of things in my life that aren't conducive to being a perfect husband and the affairs is just one of them."
Let that be a warning to all you texters out there. It's a slippery slope.
Will James have a role in the life of newly-adopted baby Louis Bardo?
"Yes ma'am," answered James to Mabrey's question.
And what about that Nazi picture? Is James, Mabrey asked, a racist?
"I don't have a racist bone in my body," said James. "It was a joke that was funny then probably for a minute, but then looking at it in the context of now, it's not funny."
Finally, James admitted he doesn't harbor any illusions about salvaging his marriage, saying a divorce will happen but that he hopes for some kind of amicable future.
"We're getting divorced," said James. "One hundred percent sure of that."
And: "I still have hopes of saving some sort of relationship with Sandy."
And his goal for the future: "I see amazing happy kids and myself as a decent person."
But the real payoff came after "Nightline" ended, when Jimmy Kimmel spliced the ever-hilarious Guillermo Rodriguez into clips from the interview.
"You made the 'Blind Side' lady sad by doing sex with a Nazi," deadpanned Rodriguez. "That was dumb. You're dumb."
| May 26, 2010; 7:12 AM ET
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