Reporting Steve Large
LOS ANGELES (CBS13) – Total Recall is the title of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s memoir, but is it also total disrespect?
In his new book, the former governor is dishing the dirt on how he confessed to cheating on wife Maria Shriver.
The governor gave an exclusive interview to CBS’s “60 Minutes” about the decision to write about the affair that ended his marriage.
Schwarzenegger is promising a page-turning memoir, including details of how he confessed to Shriver about fathering a boy with their housekeeper.
In an excerpt published by the New York Daily News, “she confronted Schwarzenegger in a hastily scheduled couples counseling session.”
He writes, “the minute we sat down, the therapist turned to me and said, ‘Maria wanted to come here today and to ask about a child – whether you fathered a child with your housekeeper Mildred.’ I told the therapist, ‘it’s true.’ ”
“What does Maria think of you writing the memoir and bringing this up?” asked Leslie Stahl.
“I think that Maria is wishing me well with everything that I do,” said Schwarzenegger in the interview.
Stahl’s “60 Minutes” interview with Schwarzenegger airs this Sunday.
“Has she read it?” Stahl asked.
“No. At this point she hasn’t read anything,” said Schwarzenegger. “She knows that it’s about my whole life. And that I would not write a book, and kind of leave out that part, and let people say ‘wait a minute, are we just talking about his success stories and not talk about his failures?’ ”
“This is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s version of ‘50 Shades of Gray.’ People are looking for those tantalizing details,” said Doug Elments.
Sacramento PR expert Elmets says Schwarzenegger’s book is about blatant self-promotion.
“That’s the advice I would give, try and deal with it in a private way rather than in a public way. But not everybody is Arnold Schwarzenegger,” said Elmets.
Stahl is the only reporter to speak with Schwarzenegger about the book, which comes out Oct. 1.
The full interview airs this Sunday at 6 p.m. on “60 Minutes.”