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8:41 pm - 01/17/2013

Shocking Secrets Spilled to Oprah

There’s a reason Oprah is one of the world’s most famous television personalities: She gets celebrities to crack faster than Anonymous can crack Shirley Phelps-Roper’s Twitter password. Lance Armstrong isn’t the first to admit a shocking secret beneath Oprah’s sympathetic gaze. Here are five other stunners that came to light in Harpo Studios.

12. STEPHEN COLBERT OPENS UP ABOUT THE PLANE CRASH THAT KILLED HIS FATHER AND TWO BROTHERS.
Most of the time, we see Stephen Colbert the character. So when Oprah managed to get Stephen Colbert the man to come on her show, that in and of itself was quite the get. What may have surprised people the most, however, was when he opened up about the Eastern Airlines crash in 1974 that killed his father and brothers when he was just 10 years old.


10. TED HAGGARD CONFESSES A LOT OF STUFF.
Ted Haggard was once one of the world’s foremost evangelical leaders and even advised George W. Bush on a weekly basis. So it was quite the shock when he went on Oprah and announced that all of the rumors were true—he had cheated on his wife with a male escort and was also dabbling with drugs.


3. RIHANNA SAYS CHRIS BROWN IS THE LOVE OF HER LIFE.
When photos surfaced of how badly Chris Brown beat Rihanna after a pre-Grammy party in 2009, almost the whole world turned against him. Over time, though, it became clear that Rihanna was still seeing her attacker. In an interview with Oprah last year, she stunned the world (sort of) by saying she was, indeed, still in love with him. Soon afterward, she began posting pictures on Instagram and Twitter of the two of them hanging out in intimate settings.


2. MICHAEL JACKSON REVEALS THAT HE’S SUFFERING FROM VITILIGO.
After years of public speculation that he was bleaching his skin for cosmetic reasons, Michael Jackson finally explained that he was actually suffering from vitiligo, a disease that causes depigmentation of the skin. During the most-watched interview in television history, the King of Pop also confessed that he had, in fact, had plastic surgery—but not as much as everyone assumed.


1. WHITNEY HOUSTON ADMITS THAT SHE DIDN’T THINK CRACK WAS SO WACK.
After denying a drug problem in a 2002 interview with Diane Sawyer—the source of the infamous “crack is wack” declaration—Whitney Houston came clean to Oprah seven years later. She said her drug of choice was marijuana mixed with rock cocaine, a.k.a. crack.

She starts talking about her heavy drug use around the 29-minute mark


The biggest interview eluding Oprah? O.J. Simpson. Word has it that she was pushing O.J. to come on her show to confess to the murder of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman. Thus far, O.J. has refused, believing that Oprah is the reason he’s in jail right now. His promoter says O.J. is upset with Oprah for not allowing anyone who was on his side to come on her show and defend him.


see the rest at mental floss

What are your ~shocking secrets~ ONTD?
wicked_jade 18th-Jan-2013 10:15 am (UTC)
This story is a hot mess. Basically, the girlfriend never existed to begin with, she was completely fictional. The pictures of her that were published (after she supposedly died the same day as his grandma) were actually stolen from some other girl's facebook page - and that girl is still very much alive. Supposedly it was strictly an online relationship, and he got Catfished. Or that's what he (and ND) claims. But there's all kinds of contradictory information about who knew what and when, and there are interviews where he claimed he'd met her in person and gone on vacation with this girl (and now he's saying he never met her at all because she flaked out on meeting him), so it seems almost impossible that he wasn't in on it somehow.

One theory is that he's a pathological liar and he and his friend cooked up the whole dead girlfriend story to garner more publicity for his Heisman campaign. Which is extra sick, because his grandma really did die, and you'd think that would be sympathy/publicity enough. But apparently the made up girlfriend already existed well over year ago, long before anyone knew he'd even be a Heisman candidate or that Notre Dame would not suck this year. So why did they make her up to begin with?

Another theory is that he's gay, and the friend is actually his lover. They made up the girlfriend as a cover for their relationship (since he's a Mormon football player at a Catholic university), and when he started getting all that media attention, they "killed" the girlfriend character off because people were bound to start wondering about the identity of this mystery girl, and why she was never around or at games or anything. Then the media got hold of the story of her "death", and the lies kept building and spun out of control. This is my personal favorite theory, because it at least sort of makes sense.

Or there's the third option, that he's telling the truth and got duped by someone (probably his supposed friend) pretending to be this "Lennay Kekua." In which case he is (a) the most gullible person alive, (b) needs to learn how to google, and (c) is a shitty judge of character and needs to make better friends.

But really, we don't know anything because no one's actually talking. One of his teammates supposedly came forward and says he thinks Manti is lying and was in on it all along. Then there's the NFL player who says he actually met the girl (who doesn't actually exist) on a trip to Samoa. Which is why I'm gonna need Oprah to sit this fool down and ask some simple yes or no questions to clear up the confusion. :\ Cause I just typed all this shit out and I'm still lost. And I need some tylenol, lol.
popartpistol 19th-Jan-2013 02:17 am (UTC)
First of all, thanks for writing all of that!
That is absolutely insane. The optimist in me thinks he just got catfished and was lying about meeting her so it didn't sound like he was a nerd with an internet girlfriend. Especially if she "existed" before she could have been used to further his career. Maybe whoever was behind the girlfriend killed her off because of the media attention?
But yeah, that just doesn't make sense, does it? And being gay in Samoa isn't exactly accepted...and he's a Mormon? Okay, I think your gay theory is probably the best. It makes total sense. And mean he isn't just some psycho playing with people's emotions.
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