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Rielle Hunter talks about Edwards with Oprah

Posted April 28, 2010

— John Edwards' mistress tells talk-show host Oprah Winfrey that the former Democratic presidential candidate's wife didn't know about their involvement until after Edwards gave a television interview two years ago admitting the affair.

In quotes provided Wednesday by Harpo Productions, Rielle Hunter said Edwards "came clean with" Elizabeth Edwards after the August 2008 interview with ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff.

"Everyone who was close to him, well, who knew all the facts – knew the truth – said, 'Please don't do the interview,'" Hunter told Winfrey. "Elizabeth really wanted him to do that interview. She wanted him to ... get out in front of (the rumors) ... and speak the truth, and she didn't know the truth. So, it's like you can't do the interview and not speak the whole truth."

Hunter is scheduled to appear on Thursday's episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show." It is her first television interview since the rumors of her relationship with Edwards began to swirl more than two years ago.

John Edwards admitted in January that he and Hunter have a 2-year-old daughter, Frances Quinn. He and Elizabeth Edwards are now separated.

One of Edwards' former aides, Andrew Young, has written a book, "The Politician," about the affair and the cover-up. Young said he plans to watch Winfrey's interview, in which Hunter is expected to take shots at him.

Hunter and Young are embroiled in a lawsuit over a videotape purported to show Edwards engaged in extramarital sex and photos of Edwards with Frances Quinn.

Edwards is scheduled to testify May 13 in a deposition in the case.

Hunter maintains that Young and his wife took the sex tape and photos from a house they rented for her in Chatham County in 2007. She says they want the items to promote his book.

The Youngs maintain that Hunter abandoned the items and has no right to them. They also contend that she cannot claim any invasion of privacy in the case because she has conducted interviews about her affair and posed for photos "partially undressed."

Still, they turned over videotapes and CDs of photos to a judge in March after he threatened to throw Andrew Young in jail for contempt of court. The items will remain sealed by the court until the lawsuit is resolved.

Both Hunter and Young have testified to a federal grand jury in Raleigh that is investigating whether campaign funds were illegally used to hide Edwards' affair.

Elizabeth Edwards appeared on Winfrey's show last May and discussed her husband's infidelity, her struggle with terminal cancer and her memoir detailing how she coped with both. Winfrey did not mention Hunter's name during that interview, a condition Elizabeth Edwards requested.

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  • shortcake53 Apr 30, 2010

    What a piece of work this one is. Never apologized for ripping a family apart, giggling at calling him "Johnny", said she didnt steal another womans husband because the other woman didnt "own him". Never gave a thought to the wife at home fighting cancer and raising the kids while her hubby was off doing other women. Who does she think shes kidding?? If she thought this interview was going to improve her image, um, NOT.
    And you cant tell me she has not had some "work done". Her face had much sharper angles before than it does now. She and Johnny deserve each other.

  • itsmyownopinion Apr 29, 2010

    I wonder what, if anything, she was paid? I'm guessing Hunter just wanted to get her side of the "story" out. She seemed to laugh inappropriately.

  • euimport Apr 29, 2010

    her; the host; those watching; what's worse?

  • djcgriffin Apr 29, 2010

    Wow. Oprah's doing a lot right. Just the other day she had on Mo'Nique's brother who did time in prison for molesting her for almost 8 years.

  • DAVIDS MOM Apr 29, 2010

    IF YOU ENLARGE THE PICTURE OF HUNTER AND OPRAH YOU CAN SEE THAT SHE HAS PUT (UNIRONED) SLIP COVERS OVER THE CHAIRS THEY ARE SITTING IN. LOOKS LIKE SHE'S NOT REAL GOOD AT OVERING UP ANYTHING!! 'OL AND NOTICE SHE ALSO HAS A PICTURE OF JOHN'S KIDS ON THE MANTEL. I'M SURE THIS WAS DONE OUT OF LOVE AND NOT TO UPSET ANYONE I'M SURE. I JUST THINK THIS IS FUNNY!! LOL!!!

  • tiger50 Apr 29, 2010

    Home wrecker , trashy, liar, cheater, let's see what else can I say that can be in print!! I can't type the rest or else it wouldn't post on this site...so nuff said ..... !! We have to remember; "what goes around, comes around"........!! Shame on John and this blonde tramp.

  • Mugu Apr 29, 2010

    It sounds like to me that someone is looking for money and attention.

  • withnailharrison Apr 29, 2010

    @ Not Now,

    "Go home, Homewrecker. I'm not interested in your crybaby story."

    So why did you click on the link to this story, and then take the time to tell us that you're not interested? It seems to me that you're more interested than you are leading us to believe.

  • Not Now Apr 29, 2010

    Go home, Homewrecker. I'm not interested in your crybaby story.

  • herinbonetwil Apr 29, 2010

    If this article just could have mentioned Tiger Woods my news day would be complete!

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