[Update] Michael Vick pulls plug on Oprah interview
Two days after Oprah Winfrey won that bet she'd made with new CNN show host Piers Morgan, announcing she'd booked Michael Vick to her syndicated talk show on Thursday, Feb. 24 -- Vick pulled the plug.
"Mr. Vick's representatives called last night to cancel his appearance for personal reasons," Oprah's Harpo production house acknowledged Wednesday afternoon when called for comment.
Dear Mike Vick, sorry to hear about you cancelling Oprah. I'm here if you need me, Kind regards Piers
That's Piers tweet/gloating Wednesday upon hearing the news.
It had not been much of a surprise that Oprah had landed Vick, given that Vick himself said about a month ago he'd wager Oprah would win the bet because, he told USA Today, "I know nothing about that other guy."
And, of course, Oprah canceled the bet a few days ago, tweeting, "I'm pulling out of the bet. I don't know why I let [Piers] talk me into it. I don't gamble."
Which is odd, because when Piers offered her the bet on CNN, seen round the world, Oprah upped the pot -- to about $317. The bet was made in British currency, Piers being a Brit and all.
The next day Piers explained on why he thought Oprah canceled -- where we come from it's called welshing -- on the bet, tweeting, "Mr, Vick's people told me he couldn't do [interview] with either of us if bet remained, as he can't collude in gambling" adding "I smell a rat here."
Anyway, it all started during the debut of "Piers Morgan Tonight" on CNN last month, Piers asked Oprah what advice she'd give to Vick.
Oprah dodged the question, saying she was saving her best Vick bits for when she lands him as an interview subject for her Final Season As Queen of Daytime Talk TV. Piers, of course, is trying to book Vick too -- and the two made a bet, in re who'd land him first, at which point Oprah said, ominously:
"The way I live my life is, if it's supposed to happen, it will happen. And if Michael Vick chooses to sit with you as his first interview and not sit with e then that's the way it's supposed to be..."But don't call me later, Mike."
When Harpo announced Oprah's big "get," it promised the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback would discuss his time in the slammer after being convicted for his part in an illegal dog-fighting ring, and his subsequent return to the National Football League, among other things.
Now it appears she won't get to ask Vick about this recent encounter with a Dallas radio host who says he adopted one of Vick's former canine victims and asked Vick to comment, which did not appear to go over well with Vick or his posse:
Lisa de Moraes
| February 16, 2011; 4:49 PM ET
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