'I was mad at me,' says Bill Clinton after seeing 'tone-deaf' #MeToo interview

George Back
Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

Former President Bill Clinton visited The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, where he was given a do-over for his Today interview. Clinton’s response to questions about Monica Lewinsky and the #MeToo movement were described by many media outlets as “tone-deaf.”

Clinton thought the heavily edited piece made him appear unremorseful. “When I saw the interview, I thought that because they had to, you know, distill it, and it looked like I was saying I didn’t apologize and I had no intention to,” he said. “And I was mad at me.”

Clinton said he has been asked about Lewinsky a number of times recently in light of #MeToo — a discussion he supports — but felt Craig Melvin’s approach was different in this interview. “I didn’t like this one because it started with an assertion that basically I had never apologized, as if I had never tried to come to grips with it, and as if there had been no attempt to hold me accountable, which anybody who lived through that knew the fact is it wasn’t so,” he said.

He talked about apologizing to the Lewinskys multiple times. “I apologized to my family, to Monica Lewinsky and her family, to the American people,” Clinton said. “I meant it then; I mean it now. I’ve had to live with the consequences every day since. And I still believe this #MeToo movement is long overdue, necessary, and should be supported.”

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35 on CBS.

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