In celebrity news that I didn’t know I wanted to know, ABC’s Barbara Walters decided to do a celebrity scoop on herself and divulge an affair she had with United States’ first popularly elected black senator, Edward Brooke.
In an appearance on “” scheduled to air Tuesday, Walters shares details of her relationship with the married Brooke that lasted several years in the 1970s, according to excerpts of the show provided to the AP.
… Walters said he and she knew that public knowledge of their affair could have ruined their careers.
At the time, the twice-divorced Walters was a rising star in TV news and co-host of NBC’s “Today” show, but would soon jump to ABC News, where she has enjoyed unrivaled success. She said her affair with Brooke, which never before came to light, had ended before he lost his bid for a third term in 1978.
On one hand, this is … surprising, I guess. On the other hand, who wanted to know this? I mean, really. This would have been a salacious career ender in the 70s, but it’s 2008. Being “down with the swirl” doesn’t pack the punch it used to.
Walters, reportedly, pushed Brooke to leave his wife and when he did, she was pressured by friends not to marry him as the scandal would ruin them both.
Naturally, Brooke hasn’t had much to say about being outed as a lover of Barbara Wah-Wah. I think his silence basically says, “I’m 88-years-old. Please stop calling.”
But if you want people to buy some books when everyone got sick of hearing about you 20 years ago, interracial love gone bad sells much much better than media doyenne dishes on her failed relationships with other white people that you’ve already heard about extensively.
It’s no Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, but hey, it’s news-ish, right?
Washington Post’s The Reliable Source has more info on the once-torrid romance.