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.
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
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