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This Rarely Happens! Oprah Says She's Sorry

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In a very humble move, Oprah has publicly apologized to Robin Givens for the seemingly casual interview The Big O had with Mike Tyson back in October.

Tyson told Oprah's audience that he wanted to "sock [Robin]" after an interview Givens gave to Barbara Walters, which the audience nervously laughed at.

Givens was on Oprah last week, and discussed her frustration with Oprah's lackadaisical attitude towards her interview with Givens' former abuser.

"I wouldn't be honest if there wasn't a part of me that wanted you to go, when he said, 'Oh, I've socked her before…' 'That's not right.' And it wasn't right, it was painful," Robin said to Winfrey.

She continued: "He can say whatever about me… but there are so many women like me, in my situation, that I just feel when there is this laughter, if you are in that situation out there, it kind of lightens it."

Oprah told Robin she believed the audience laughed because they were uncomfortable with the situation, but still offered Givens an apology.

"In that moment, I will tell you, I felt that I should have said something. I felt that I should have said, 'Audience, that isn't funny…' so I regret it," revealed Oprah.

Winfrey continued with her regrets:

I would say to you and every woman, who has ever been hit, I feel that I did not handle that as well as I should have and I feel that I could have gone further and should have said more to clarify that what he was doing and what he was saying was wrong… So I apologize to you and I apologize to every woman who has ever been in that situation.

Givens' reply?

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

[Image via Anthony Dixon/WENN.]

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68 comments to “This Rarely Happens! Oprah Says She's Sorry”

  1. 1

    Oprah is such an effing hypocrite for even having him on the show!

  2. 2


  3. 3

    Bring back Phil Donahue, this cow thinks she's a god now. Her show is worthless now.

  4. 4

    Did Gayle tell Oprah to release this apologetic statement??

    Oprah should have gotten in Mike Tyson's face and given him a verbal lashing. But she did nothing. And she said nothing, even after her female audience tittered nervously. Oprah sure is sorry. For all of her bullshit-spewing, spirituality-seeking, keep-a-daily-journal and find your inner-self crap, she is a poseur with no guts. She is a sorry excuse for a "strong woman".
    Robin Givens is courageous. And strong. She stood up to Mike Tyson and lived to tell about it. (Why she was with him in the first place is something I will never understand.) She only received $1 million from him.

  5. 5

    I would punch Robin!

  6. 6

    i really can't believe she ever had him on the show…..but atleast she apologized.

  7. 7

    I laughed, and NOT because I was uncomfortable!!! He was being honest! :)

  8. 8

    Oprah loves herself too much. She's a hypocrite. If she were really sorry, she would have apologized YEARS ago (you know, when Robin Givens was a little bit relevant).

  9. 9

    Oprah is a hypocrite! she'll have WIFE BEATERS like Mike Tyson and even Bebe Winans on her show. she would have continued having them on her shows and promoting them but now because she is being called a hypocrite and as having double standards she is being all apologetic and "taking a stand". she's acting like a saint when we all know she was so quick to speak out against Chris brown who she wouldn't eve have on her show. Chris Brown was only 19 when he made the mistake of hitting a woman, she should be taking a stand against those who are older and should know better. FAT HYPOCRITE

  10. 10

    Has she dated Chris Brown?

  11. 11

    It was good to see Oprah apologize, Robin was very emotional and i understood why she felt that way. I watched the Tyson interview, can't really take him seriously ..i don't know, it's like he's kinda slow.

  12. ash,* says – reply to this


    Riiiiight… Because 19 year olds boys don't know that hitting a woman is wrong.

  13. 13

    i hate oprah she would not have chris on her show but bebe and mike tyson what a bitch

  14. 14

    Oprah is the biggest loser on television today. She is a hypocrite. She is self absorbed. She doesn't give a damn about anyone other than herself. Her causes or issues are all based to put her in some role of caretaker. She deserves every embarrassment. She says in one breath "if he hits you he will hit you again" and then has Mike Tyson on to talk about socking some bitch. She is an embarrassment to the African American community as well as a disgrace to every victim in America. I hate Oprah and her double standards.

  15. 15

    OPRAH is a big DYKE!!!

  16. 16

    I love Oprah so much I can't stand it. She continues to inspire me.

  17. 17

    Oprah is dirty old woman. You should see her without makeup OUCH

  18. 18

    Oprah is such a hypocrite. She wouldn't have Chris Brown on but she would have abusers like Mike Tyson on her show. I'm glad she apologized but let's be honest here. If Robin had not written a letter to her about the whole thing, she wouldn't have noticed.

  19. 19

    Oprah is starting to lose her magic. When you get that far out of touch with regular people, things tend to fall apart.

  20. 20

    Robyn just want attention. Nobody cares about you anymore Robyn. So shut your mouth and get lost

  21. 21

    Mike Tyson served his time in jail. I see nothing wrong with Oprah having him on now that he served his time. Everyone deserves a second chance. Chris Brown on the other hand bashed a little girl's head in head, left her purple & unconscious, & served no jail time at all because we as a scoiety do not value women & do not care how badly they are beaten. Bravo for Oprah for apologizing even though she didn't need to. Oprah continues to serve as an example of outstanding integrity & intelligence. If Oprah apologized for simply interviewing a woman beater, Chris Brown needs to apologize for BEING a woman beater.

  22. 22

    Well I'm glad thats all cleared up since she publicly chastised Ms. Winfrey she will never be booked on her show or any talk show again. Robin should have been grateful that Oprah was even allowing her back on the show since she is talking about something that happened almost 15 years ago and she was only married to Mike for 10 months and should stay off the radar. She is not even on the z list and doesn't belong on tv.

  23. 23

    Good for her.

  24. 24

    Re: haircolor – Well said!

  25. 25

    The comment at the time came off as a joke, and that's why people laughed. Granted, it was an inappropriate joke. But it's Mike Tyson—not the brightest bulb! Unfortunately it seems like Robin Givens uses this long past situation to gain publicity and attention over and over, since she is no longer relevant in entertainment. She NEVER deserved to be hit, nor does any other woman. If she is truly wounded by this after 15 years, then I feel for her. But unfortunately it's hard to tell whether or not she's being real. At the time all of this happened she was manipulative and did some horrible things as well. Once again that isn't a reason to be hit but this reaction seems a bit contrived after such a long time.

  26. 26

    Hey, I've seen some knuckleheads (here on Long Island NY) who laughed through the rawest parts of the movie Precious. These things are not meant to be comedy, folks:((

  27. 27

    I agree with Robin, and think it was classy of Oprah to apologize. What he was saying was ludicrous, as if he hitting her was just some mutual combat thing. Pfft.

  28. 28

    I saw this episode and I thought it was pretty sad :(

  29. 29

    that's bad and all that that happened to you robin…but have some dignity and stop using the fact that he beat you to make your career. seriously like ALL the appearances she has on talk shows is based on that very fact.

  30. 30

    Oh come on.
    Number 1, she needs a little discipline from time to time.
    Number 2, Mikey likes a little smacking around himself, sometimes. Take my word for it. ;)

  31. 31

    Bravo Oprah!

    Bravo Robin Givens!

    Here is a fine example of truth, caring, concern,responsibility & regret.

    Very Classy Ladies!!

  32. 32

    At least Oprah apologized

  33. 33

    that audience's laughter was not 'uncomfortable' when he said he trulywanted to sock her.
    stupid asss audience. And
    that really made me hate Oprah when that interview came out.
    she is still a basket full of dumbfuck if you ask me.
    so is mike tyson. he should be taken out back and shot. stupid tattoo

  34. 34

    Wow not only are the women apologizing but there is verbal bashing of the women going on here. These f*cking guys are starting all this sh*t off in the first place; where is Mikes apology?). Why are we letting them get away with it? Mike may have been a boxer but that doesn't make him a strong man. If you can't control your own actions you are the epitomy of weak. Oh but may I say Mike what a display of 'man-hood' saying that you would like to punch a woman on TV - He's a keeper hey ladies?

  35. 35


  36. 36

    Robin get over it really it's enough ALREADYYYYY!! it happened 20 years ago!!

  37. 37

    Re: DickinMahAzz – She was MARRIED to him and she had her own TV series (HEAD OF THE CLASS) before she married him. God, you are such a cold, cruel, ignorant biotch.

  38. 38

    Re: MissAvery – Agreed

  39. 39

    Robin Givens has officially worn out her 15 of Mike Tyson fame. She denigrated him on Ntl TV in her 'interview' with Barbara Walters - treating him as if he wasn't in the room and as if he was an animal. She is condescending, over-bearing, narcissistic to the extreme - and frankly - she engenders little sympathy from me. She got plenty of money from Mike Tyson - leave him alone and let him try to live his live in peace. he lost a child last year…why is Robin Givens even given airtime. Watch the documentary Tyson - it will change your mind about this poor man/child. There hasn't been but many one or two people in his life who really cared about him….

  40. 40

    Robin is such a faker and opportunist. She had a choice and she chose to stay with this man because of his money. She got paid for every hit she took. I am not going to sugar coat dookie and call it rock candy!

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  41. 41

    I agree that Oprah is really classy to apologize for the laughter of her audience. Not that Oprah needs to apologize but the fact that she did shows class. Still waiting for Chris Brown to apologize for bashing Rhiana's head in, or better yet he needs to serve many years in jail.

  42. 42

    After that ambush style interview that Mrs. Givens gave Barbara Walters,
    as if her husband was not even in the room.

    In my opinion she deserved a good beating.
    Robin Givens gives as good as she gets.
    She is far, far from saint she is proposing herself to be…..ARTOFWAR

  43. 43

    Oprah is not responsible for the content of what Touched Tyson said. She's only trying to extract information as the interviewer. She doesn't owe Robin an apology. Most people are aware that abuse is bad. It's not Oprahs job to, WHILE interviewing, make a statement about abuse. Oprah is supposed to allow the person to reveal themselves…and that is just what she did. No wonder why Oprah looks so worn out these days. People burden her with so much bullshit. She may be a Goddess people, but she's not God…Okay. She doesn't control all things that someone being interviewed might say, so get off her back.

  44. 44

    Robin G is an asshole! She took FULL advantage of Tysons ignorance! There was no love there, just a gold digger! The audience laughed because they were glad he did it!

  45. 45

    Hmmm, ok yeah I'm glad she's apologizing for this but…. SERIOUSLY I thought she might have apologized for her DUMB ASS comments on tipping less. BIIIIIITCH.

  46. 46

    Who the hell is robin? I'm so starving, starving for a good spanking on my thick black ass…………………………………

  47. 47

    Oprah has been making a LOT of mistakes lately. She has billions and should get off TV, stay out of politics, send Dr. Phil back to TX and clean up the staff in that school she built in Africa.

  48. 48


  49. Ammie says – reply to this


    Oprah was probably scared sh*tl#ss that Mike Tyson would hit her if she spoke up. I'm sure she was traumatized.

  50. 50

    oprah's a bitch

  51. 51

    Listen Okay Robin is just angry b/c the tables turn & people wanted her to fess up to her own behavior in the relationship. Mike has been vilified for most of his life after loosing his first manager … things went south. Although I do NOT CONDONE EVER, a man putting his hands on any woman, I must say that there is a double standard when it comes to women putting their hands on men. How can we tell our sons that it is not okay but not say the same thing to our daughters. How come we can chastise the men but not the women? It makes no sense to me & when women who has cause the problem complain that we are battering them all over again by requesting the information on their culpability in the act, it makes me sick to the stomach & feel bad for men & feel bad for the information we teach each other esp. our children. Too many double standards exists in this world & I wish it would just stop. This is one of several problems. I feel bad for Robin but deep down I feel worst for Mike Tyson. As far as Oprah goes - she is full of it sometimes but isn't everybody? She labelled Chris after one incident … just one example of many errors. Rihanna is known for being abusive, she said herself in past interviews, however she gets a pass for creating her situation which obviously escalated & Chris did her WRONG but where is her culpability? Oh I forgot, you cannot blame the victim? Some Bull SHIT, I'm telling you. Halle Berry is a VICTIM & Survivor not those two.

  52. 52

    Re: haircolorRe: haircolor – Seriously Mike Tyson did not go to jail for hitting anyone … get the facts straight idiot. He went to prison for a lie by a girl who said he raped her and she was a virgin, whose boyfriend told the cops in an interview that he was having sex with her and they chose not to put that information in as evidence. Chris and Mike are seriously different issue … I hate it when people don't know what they are talking about.

  53. 53

    Re: gimlet123 – Well said.

  54. 54

    Re: ix3perez – Well said

  55. 55

    Re: momsters – Well-said

  56. 56

    @lovin it - I will agree with you on interviewing and the debt that people wants Oprah to pay to society but I will add that she puts herself out there by making an opinion several times this year on the issue which including bashing Chris Brown. Even though Chris's situation is completely different from Robin Givens and Bebe Winan's wife situation, I will say that she deserved the bashing this time by all. There is too much of a DOUBLE STANDARD on this issue and she should have left it alone. No one asked her to take a stand but she did and got herself in hot water for it. She should have left it to Tyra.

  57. 57

    I love Robin Givens. I think she is a GREAT actress! Didn't anyone see her in the movie, "A Rage in Harlem?" She was asloa guest star on the show "The Game" on BET. I think she is so underrated as an actress! But Oprah is one of the biggest hypocrites I know!

  58. 58

    Oprah should have never had this piece of crap on her show! What was this woman thinking? I can't beleive she would give air time to this woman beater! What little respect I had for Oprah is no longer.

  59. 59

    Re: DickinMahAzz – Robin Givens was a actress before she met or married Mike Tyson. Don't you watch TV? She was making movies before she ever met Tyson! If anything she made him more famous for marrying him. He was just a fighter she was a actress then and now what is he doing for a living now? I'll tell you NOTHING! If he could count the women he beats up then I guess you could say he was still fighting. Get your facts straight before you start running off at the mouth you dumb fuck. IDIOT

  60. 60

    Re: haircolor

    Mike Tyson served time for RAPE! So your premise is based on…Oh lets see PHYSICAL ASSUALT outweighs RAPE? Get your facts straight Oprah's #1 BUTTKISSER!

  61. 61

    I fucking hate mike tyson, he is a rapist, a woman-beater and the most atrocious 'man' ever existed. His daughter died due to HIS NEGLIGENCE and the deadbeat got married 10 days afterwards. Shame on Oprah for having him on show. Fucking idiot.

  62. 62

    Oprah is not a hypocrite for having him on her show. Mike Tyson is a character and a half and he just suffered one of the most painful losses in his life with the passing of his little girl. Yes, his comments about Robin were unnecessary, petty and trifling but Oprah doesn't owe Robin an apology; MIKE does! Many people have had so many questions about their relationship and Oprah just sat back and let him give his side of the story. It wasn't her place to say "Hey grown ass man, you do realize saying that shit is wrong and won't win you any fans, right?"! That's some shit he should already know and no one should have to remind him of that! Everytime he thinks about his daughter, that alone should be his reminder to treat people, not just women but ALL people, with kindness because you never know when you'll need that same kindness to get you through a difficult time in your life! He's slow but I think this tragedy will help him understand that it's more important to focus on the future than a terrible past!!!!

  63. 63

    Maybe Oprah's ratings are slipping because she's losing her edge. Sometimes your life needs a new format. Try something new, Oprah?

  64. 64

    So tired of Oprah, the self-absorb self-appointed savior to housewives across America.

    I miss Donahue. :(

  65. 65

    F@CK Oprah "Holier than thou" Winfrey. This worthless bitch will say anything to make an extra buck. And every time she shows her true colors and total lack of concern for anyone or anything, she just makes another "public apology" to save her image. I can't stand this bitch.

  66. 66

    Re: DeadlyNightshade – Get your facts straight!! The only people home at the time of the accident was her older brother and mother. Mike Tyson was NOT there!!

  67. 67

    Oprah is a beautiful human being; inside & out. She has been the source of so much inspiration for so many people for so long. I think it's great that women beaters hate Oprah so much. That tells me she's doing her job. God I LOVE Oprah Winfrey.

  68. @v@ says – reply to this


    Good, because all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for a few good men to do nothing. Or words to that effect. How to hold her feet to the fire, Robin.