Erin Andrews on Oprah...Why?

Benny HsuContributor ISeptember 1, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 12:  ESPN reporter Erin Andrews looks on during the 2009 XM All-Star Futures Game at Busch Stadium on July 12, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)


This will be her first and last interview on the story.

But who really wanted to hear it?

To me, it seems so long ago that Erin Andrews was in the news. She’s been on vacation from ESPN since the video of someone peeping in on her in her hotel room was posted online. It’s been about two months since it first came out.

Andrews has been an afterthought in a summer filled with sports stories. But she doesn’t want to kill the story.

Corresponding with her return to the sidelines, the show has already been taped and will be aired on the Sept. 11 edition of the Oprah Winfrey Show.  It’s a head scratcher for sure. The timing smells fishy and seems driven by a personal agenda.

She says this will be her first and last interview on this story, but I never wanted to hear her side of the story in the first place.

Michael Vick coming out of jail. Yes.

A-Rod busted for steroids. Yes.

I wanted to hear their side of the story. I just don't believe there is much for her to say. She has nothing to apologize for. She doesn’t need to defend what she did because she didn’t do anything.

She was a victim.

Going on Oprah is not going to clear anything up. The story seems pretty clear. It was a nightmare. It was embarrassing. Getting back to work will make her feel normal again.

Is there anything else she can talk about?

Is she going to warn women to cover peep holes?

Will she feel better if she talks to Oprah? I doubt it. She should go see a psychologist if she needs therapy, and not a billionaire with an audience of millions of fanatical fans.

For a story that is truly a nightmare, wouldn’t she want it to just go away?

She’s going to be talking about it to millions of women who would not have known who she was otherwise—but will now.

Talking about the video will bring it all back up. The women who watch Oprah generally don’t watch ESPN or read sports blogs. Yet now they’ll know all about the Erin Andrews peeping story and talk about it with their friends, building the story back up and causing video to be seen by even more people.

So why go on Oprah?

Most of the time when she gets people on, it’s because they’ve done something heroic, suffered a tragedy, or is a celebrity promoting a product.

I put Erin Andrews in the latter category.

After I started to write this, I discovered I'm not alone in thinking that she’s looking to get her foot in the door of the entertainment industry.

With a pretty face the camera loves, solid credentials, and a nude tape, she sounds like she’s ready for the entertainment business already.


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