Bill Clinton Apologizes For His Controversial "Today Show" Interview

  • Bill Clinton Apologizes For His Controversial

Bill Clinton Apologizes For His Controversial "Today Show" Interview

Former President Bill Clinton and bestselling author James Patterson were on Tuesday's Late Show to promote their thriller, The President is Missing, but Stephen Colbert jumped straight into Clinton's widely panned response to a question about Monica Lewinsky on Today.

Still, Clinton says, "It was [a] very painful thing that happened 20 years ago", adding that he had to "live with the consequences every day since".

In this image released by CBS, former President Bill Clinton appears with host Stephen Colbert, right, and co-author James Patterson while promoting their book "The President is Missing", on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert", Tuesday, June 5, 2018 in NY.

The ex-president responded, "It wasn't my finest hour", adding, "I was mad at me - not for the first time".

In response, Clinton admits that "when I saw the interview, I thought that and it looked like I was saying I didn't apologize and I had no intention to and I was mad at me". And so it doesn't seem surprising that the question would be asked.

Watch a longer version of the interview (below) to see Clinton get testy! I meant it then and I mean it now.

Joy Behar agreed that Clinton's actions set a low bar for the White House, but acknowledged that she still voted for him at the time.

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.

Clinton told Colbert that, during his NBC interview, Melvin seemed to assert had never apologized to Lewinsky, and never had any reckoning.

"People need to know I apologized. She is 44, and she is forever known as the woman who went down in the White House, if you will", McCain said.

When Colbert posited that some of the backlash came because Clinton seemed surprised that he would be asked about Lewinsky, the former president argued that his surprise was at the implication in the question that he had never apologised. Clinton's answer was a mix of parsing the question (he was annoyed that Melvin implied that he'd never apologized to Lewinsky, which he did, though not in person) and a pivoting to his message of general support for #MeToo without implicating himself in any way. We all know Clinton apologized; he did so publicly almost two decades ago.

While the actress claims that their relationship lasted for many years, in 1998 Clinton only confessed to a sexual encounter with Flowers.

Translation: Sorry I wasn't more understanding of young Melvin's ignorance and didn't seize the opportunity to patiently educate his entire generation.

"Grateful to the myriad people who have helped me evolve + gain perspective in the past 20 years", she tweeted.