Monday, May 27, 2024

Barbara Walters Lets “V Stiviano” Off the Hook, Doesn’t Ask Any Hard Questions: Who is She? Did She Sell the Tapes to TMZ?


Cheers to Barbara Walters. She landed an interview with Donald Sterling‘s mistress, who calls herself “V Stiviano.” Then Walters lets her off the hook, asks few follow up questions. and misses many opportunities.

For one thing: who is this woman? Her name is not “V Stiviano.” That’s a corporate alias she uses for some kind of T shirt and baseball cap line. Her real name is Maria Perez or Monica Gallegos. Where is she from? How did she earn money before she met Sterling?

Second: Did she sell the tapes to TMZ? She said a friend did. How ridiculous. Walters asks nothing about the lawsuit filed by Rochelle Sterling against Stiviano on March 7th. Did that prompt the sale of the tapes? Why and how was Stiviano taping Sterling in the first place?

Walters asks one of her favorite questions: what are the biggest misconceptions about? One of Stiviano’s answers: that she’s a whore. Pretty much, that’s what Rochelle Sterling accuses her of in that lawsuit– of receiving from Sterling expensive cars, a condo, and $1.8 million. Walters ignores all that.

Walters retires in 2 weeks from ABC News. It may be just in time.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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