The Jackson family opens up to Oprah
Even in death, Michael Jackson's life remains surreal. Case in point: Monday's Jackson family revelations, courtesy of Oprah. And, courtesy of E! Online, a few highlights from the show -- which airs at 4 p.m. in the D.C. market.
The interviews were taped weeks ago when Winfrey paid a visit to the Jackson clan at their Encino, Calif., compound. But, Oprah being Oprah, she managed to grab a few scoops:
Katherine Jackson admits that Michael was addicted to plastic surgery. In addition to coming clean about his nose jobs -- she confirms he had more than two -- she addresses his skin lightening:
"He didn't want to start looking 'like a spotted cow,' he said," Katherine explained of [Jackson's] multiple skin surgeries to treat his vitiligo. "I don't know what in the world he did to change that, but he did."
Katherine talks candidly about her son's death and Dr. Conrad Murray's involvement:
"I can't accuse him of murder, I don't know if it was accidentally done or it was intentionally done. I don't want to get into that, but I have my thoughts. ... I don't think I'll ever, ever be healed. ... It hurts."
Joe Jackson basically admits to beating Michael (and his other children) in this exchange:
"I don't think he was afraid of me," Joe began. "I never beat him. That never happened."
"You might as well admit it, that's the way black people raised their children," Katherine interjected. "He used a strap."
"I don't [regret the beatings]," Joe said. "It kept them out of jail and kept them right."
Paris, Prince Michael and Blanket are trotted out to talk about their dad. The two older children are now enrolled in regular school, though Blanket remains home schooled. Paris still insists that her dad was pretty awesome.
"I kinda felt like no one understands what a good father he was. I'd say he was the best cook ever. He was just a normal dad, except he was the best dad. He made the best French toast in the world."
Source: E! Online
| November 8, 2010; 1:52 PM ET
Categories: Celebrities, Michael Jackson, TV
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