After former President Bill Clinton finished an interview with Stephen Colbert on "The Late Show", comedian Tig Notaro used her time with the late-night host to draw attention to Monica Lewinsky's achievement. I apologized to my family, to Monica Lewinsky and her family, to the American people. Clinton and Lewinsky, a White House intern 27 years his junior at the start of the affair, had a series of sexual encounters between 1995 and 1997, culminating in a political scandal that rocked the administration.
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.
Clinton admitted it "wasn't my finest hour", and insisted he was mad at himself as much as everyone else.
"When I saw the interview, I thought that - because they had to distill it - and it looked like I was saying I didn't apologize and that I had no intention to", Clinton said on CBS's "Late Show".
Colbert referenced the tour's kickoff Monday on NBC's "Today" show, where Clinton's responses to questions about whether he had apologized to Lewinsky were widely panned as tone deaf in the era of the #MeToo movement. "And I was mad at me". "I mean it then; I mean it now".
In an interview with Fox News, Flowers claimed that for several months after their first meeting, Clinton demonstrated inappropriate behavior toward her.
On Wednesday, Savannah Guthrie and Craig Melvin set the record straight on the MSNBC host's contentious #MeToo chat with Bill Clinton, who has since expressed some frustrations over how the interview played out.
"I apologized", he explained.
Clinton said he grew angered by Melvin's "flat-out assertion that I had never apologized". "You of course did not assert that he never apologized, you asked whether he apologized".
"No. I do not - I have never talked to her". But I did say publicly on more than one occasion that I was sorry.
McCain also wondered why Clinton discussed the toll the Ken Starr investigation took on him personally.
One thing getting somewhat lost in the discussion is the idea that Clinton's, or any politician's, policies or good public works should somehow excuse or mitigate his bad private behavior.
Clinton was sharply criticized for the comments which stunned his allies and appeared to out of step with current support for the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, which have sought to expose sexual misconduct in media, entertainment and politics.
"I just want to say about Monica Lewinsky - I know her, not well - but I want to remind people that to get a job at a young age as an intern in the White House you have to be an exceptional human being".