The VIBE Cover Story: Chris Brown (Pg 3)

You took a big hit on The Oprah Winfrey Show too. As a result of your incident, she did several shows addressing teen domestic violence.
I didn’t get a call from them or anything. I felt embarrassed, but at the same time I felt stabbed in the back. Okay, Oprah, you have so much power and people really listen to what you say. You don’t know anything that went down and you jump to conclusions and start bringing people on the set that have no similarities to me other than a domestic dispute. And then compare them to me when she’s been around me and knows me. She could have called me and been like, “Chris, let me get you on my show and I’m going to do this kind of segment.”

Any interest in talking to Oprah now?
Not really.

You wouldn’t go on her show?
I would go on there to do something to help people, not for redeeming myself because I’ve said all I need to say about this situation. If I went on her show, it would show women who I am. Definitely to do something for kids, some charity. It wouldn’t be about the situation because she already did three shows on it.

But you did go on Larry King Live. It appeared to be an uncomfortable interview for you. What happened behind the scenes?

Behind the scenes, [Larry] came in as a nice guy. Cool. Chill. Wasn’t no animosity. As soon as the cameras came on it was like, Bam! “Did you do it? Did you do it?” It kinda changed the energy of the room. It was an uncomfortable situation.

Your bow tie also wound up being a big distraction.

That’s just my swag. People don’t understand how I dress. I don’t try to do what everybody else do. Like the bow tie. The bow tie had its own Twitter page. That was kind of funny. I was laughing. I’m actually following the bow tie now. It says stuff like, “Yeah, man, I’m right under your chin.” [Laughs.]

Have you watched Larry King before?
Every now and then . . . I knew kinda what to expect but I didn’t know the level of it. I didn’t really want to do it but I did it. It was more of a PR thing. I sent out the apology. I wanted to do that from day one. In any interview, whether it’s good or bad, I always give a natural answer on how I felt or how I am as a person. It was just awkward. I thought it was going to get my point across of how I felt and let people know how sorry I was, but it kinda backfired and let people ridicule me and criticize me even more.

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