Yes, Oprah, I screwed a Negro

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Hat Tip: Frazier Moore, Associated Press

After three decades of keeping mum, Barbara Walters is disclosing a past affair with married U.S. Senator Edward Brooke, whom she remembers as “exciting” and “brilliant.”

Appearing on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” scheduled to air Tuesday, Walters shares details of her relationship with Brooke that lasted several years in the 1970s, according to a transcript of the show provided to The Associated Press.

A moderate Republican from Massachusetts who took office in 1967, Brooke was the first African-American to be popularly elected to the Senate. Both he and Walters knew that public knowledge of their affair could have ruined his career as well as hers, Walters says.

At the time, the twice-divorced Walters was a rising star in TV news and co-host of NBC’s “Today” show, but would soon jump to ABC News, where she has enjoyed unrivaled success. Her affair with Brooke, which never before came to light, had ended before he lost his bid for a third term in 1978.

Brooke later divorced, and has since remarried. Calls to a listing for Brooke in Miami by The Associated Press were not immediately returned Thursday.

Walters is the guest of Oprah Winfrey to discuss her new memoir, “Audition,” which covers her long career in television, as well as her off-camera life. On “Oprah,” Walters recounts a phone call from a friend who urged her to stop seeing Brooke.

“He said, ‘This is going to come out. This is going to ruin your career,'” then reminded her that Brooke was up for re-election a year later. “‘This is going to ruin him. You’ve got to break this off.'”

Winfrey asks Walters if she was in love.

“I was certainly — I don’t know — I was certainly infatuated.”

“Infatuated.”

“I was certainly involved,” Walters says. “He was exciting. He was brilliant. It was exciting times in Washington.”

15 thoughts on “Yes, Oprah, I screwed a Negro

  1. Like she needed that to sell her book. I mean, we know who Edward Brooke is, but mainstream America probably doesn’t know who the man is, let alone being the first popularly elected Senator.

    But it is funny…considering how long she kept it in her closet.

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  3. Akech

    Jim Reeves & Dottie West

    Love is no excuse for what we’re doing
    What’s more we know that two hearts could break
    We tell ourselves we’ve got to have each other
    But love is no excuse for us to make.

    Sure we love each other and this could be so right
    But not if someone else has got to pay
    Our love for each other looks good in the night
    But our love should never see the light of day.

    It’s been going on for much to long now
    And our wrongs have mounted one by one
    We tell ourselves it’s ’cause we love each other
    But love is no excuse for what we’ve done.

  4. TallulahBankhead

    But does she talk to about throwing Star under the bus? And how she dated the very mean Roy Cohn?

    That’s the stuff I want to hear about!

  5. newman

    SHE LYING! AIN’T NO SECRETS BOUT THE “SOUL POLE! THAT SHIT WOULD’VE BEEN ALL ON THE COVER OF JET MAGAZINE. SHE JUST TRYING TO GET BLACK PEOPLE TO WATCH HER TIRED ASS SHOW. THE BROTHA SHE SUPPOSEDLY SCREWED IS TO OLD TO CONFIRM OR DENY. IF SHE WANT MY ATTENTION, TELL HER TO CONFESS TO SCREWING MAGIC JOHNSON!

  6. TEXICAN

    Whatever half-hearted admiration there might have been for Barbara Walters that had begun to develop, not because of her competence, but because of her career longevity has long since eroded. She’s way past it now, and even sidling up to temporal minorities won’t extend her legacy. After this astounding and seemingly desperate revelation, it’s over and done. She would have been better off packing it in before she lost all self and public respect. Associating with the likes of Ophra Winfrey certainly doesn’t help.

  7. Mark

    Barbara Walter’s life was influenced greatly by her older sister and she’s written a beautiful memoir about her life. I read another memoir of a life influence by a sibling that I recommend highly – I actually liked it even more. The memoir is “”My Stroke of Insight”” by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. Dr Taylor became a Harvard brain scientist to find the cause and cure for schizophrenia because her older brother was a sufferer. Then, crazy as life can be, Dr. Taylor had a stroke at age 37. What was amazing was that her left brain was shut down by the stroke – where language and thinking occur – but her right brain was fully functioning. She experienced bliss and nirvana and the way she writes about it (or talks about it in her now famous TED talk) is incredible.

    What I took away from Dr. Taylor’s book above all, and why I recommend it so highly, is that you don’t have to have a stroke or take drugs to find the deep inner peace that she talks about. Her book explains how. “”I want what she’s having””, and thanks to this wonderful book, I can!

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