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Donald Sterling Apologizes, Tells Anderson Cooper: ‘You’re More of a Racist Than I Am’

Cooper SterlingBeing accused of being a racist elicits a strong response from most people, but Anderson Cooper had two words last night.

“How so?” Cooper responded to embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling during their exclusive interview after Sterling said, “I think you’re more of a racist than I am.”

“I’m not a racist, I’ve never been a racist, and I’ll never be a racist,” Sterling emphatically told Cooper, tearfully apologizing for comments he made to his girlfriend V. Stiviano on a leaked audio tape. After apologizing, Sterling made more comments about former NBA star Magic Johnson.

“He acts so holy, he made love to every girl in every city in America, and he had AIDS…” Sterling said about Johnson, later adding Johnson hasn’t done enough for minorities. Cooper corrected Sterling, noting Johnson has HIV, not AIDS.

Before the interview aired last night, Cooper spoke with “New Day” Monday morning, answering Chris Cuomo‘s question on the suggestion Sterling has the early symptoms of dementia. “He’s fully aware of what he’s saying…he seems totally competent,” Cooper said.

Both videos after the jump.

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Dueling Sterlings: Anderson Cooper Interviews Donald, Barbara Walters Interviews Shelly

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It was a Sterling Sunday on TV news. Barbara Walters, who will be stepping down from ABC News later this week, interviewed Shelly Sterling, wife of the controversial LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, in New York City. Meanwhile in Los Angeles, Anderson Cooper interviewed Sterling himself who is asking for forgiveness and a second chance.

“I’m a good member who made a mistake and I’m apologizing and I’m asking for forgiveness,” Sterling tells Cooper. “Am I entitled to one mistake, am I after 35 years? It’s a terrible mistake, and I’ll never do it again.”

Cooper: Why wait so long to apologize, it’s been a couple of weeks you could have come out.
Sterling: Well that’s a very good question, I just I’m just so emotionally distraught, and the reason it’s hard for me, very hard for me is that I’m wrong. I caused the problem. I don’t know how to correct it.

Sterling’s wife Shelly told Walters if the NBA tries to force her to sell her half of the Clippers, she would “absolutely” fight to keep her stake in the team. She also says she will “eventually” divorce her estranged husband. “For the last 20 years, I’ve been seeing attorneys for a divorce,” she said, laughing. “In fact, I have here– I just filed– I was going to file the petition. I signed the petition for a divorce. And it came to almost being filed. And then, my financial advisor and my attorney said to me, ‘Not now.’”

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The Ticker: Halperin & Heilemann, Walters & Sterling, Shriver & Spielberg

  • Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are the new lead political team for all Bloomberg platforms – TV, radio, mobile, Web, digital and print. The first in a series of new brands, Bloomberg Politics will be led by the two veteran journalists and best-selling authors.

  • On “The View” this morning Barbara Walters talked about her attempt to interview Donald Sterling last week. “He was going to do an interview, and then he didn’t, and then he did… So it’s very erratic. It’s hard to pin down.” Walters’s interview with V. Stiviano took place 35 minutes before “20/20″ went on the air Friday night.

  • To mark the 20th anniversary of the release of “Schindler’s List,” Steven Spielberg talks with NBC News’s Maria Shriver about his new project “I Witness” which tells the true stories of genocide survivors.

Barbara Walters Speaks with Donald Sterling, Gets V. Stiviano for On-Camera Interview

WaltersVABCShe may be retiring from TV news later this month, but that isn’t stopping Barbara Walters from going after the big gets.

Walters has been in Los Angeles this week trying to secure an interview with Donald Sterling, the Los Angeles Clippers owner who has been banned from the NBA for making racist comments that were made public last week. She’s also been trying to interview his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, whose voice was also heard on that recording.

“We met with them today, and both agreed to speak to me,” Walters explained on “20/20″ last night. “I went back and forth and back and forth. Finally, Donald decided not to be interviewed, but his companion did speak to me.”

“I think he’s more traumatized and hurt by the things he said himself,” Stiviano told Walters. “I think he can’t even believe or understand sometimes the things he says. And i think he’s hurt by it. He’s hurting right now.

Walters: Do you think that Donald Sterling should apologize?
Stiviano: Absolutely.
Walters: Did you discuss this with him?
Stiviano: Yes
Walters: Will he apologize?
Stiviano: Only God knows

WaltersVNBCThe interview came together so late in the day that it didn’t get the massive promotion these kinds of “gets” normally receive. The interview helped “20/20″ win its timeslot in the A18-49 demo with a 1.7 rating/5 share, but came in second in total viewers to CBS’ “Blue Bloods” (11.38M vs. 6.98M). It also got play on other media outlets, including on NBC, where the “Today” show played a clip of Watlers’ interview this morning.

NBC Reports Incorrect Information Ahead of Donald Sterling Suspension Announcement

Before NBA commissioner Adam Silver took to the podium to announce a fine and lifetime ban for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling Tuesday, NBC News Tweeted incorrect information about the fine, quoting a senior NBA official.

NBC reported Sterling would be fined $5 million. Instead, he was fined $2.5 million. Here’s the Tweet:

“Our initial reporting was shy of what Silver ultimately decided,” NBC’s David Gregory said at the end of a NBC News special report.

‘Outnumbered’ Debuts on Fox News

OutnumberedFox News’ new noon panel show “Outnumbered” premiered this afternoon with Tucker Carlson serving as the inaugural “one lucky guy” sitting on a couch next to four of Fox News’ women.

The ensemble cast, which today featured Harris Faulkner, Sandra Smith, Jedediah Bila, Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Carlson, led the show discussing the firestorm created this weekend when TMZ leaked an audio tape allegedly featuring the voice of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling telling his girlfriend not to flaunt her associations with African Americans.

The panel pivoted to politics, playing a clip from Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren‘s interview on Sunday’s “This Week,” where she declined to go as far as endorsing Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic presidential nominee. Some other topics covered during the show’s debut included the “Obama Doctrine” for military force; a new study about middle-class Americans struggling; and men and women’s differing views on emotional versus physical cheating.

Like fellow Fox roundtable program “The Five,” “Outnumbered” featured no guests, with the five hosts’ discussion serving as the main component of the show.

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Last Week's Friday Night Smackdown Telecast Most Watched Ever On Syfy

Last week’s episode of Friday Night Smackdown established season highs in total viewers, Adults 18-49, Adults 25-54 and household ratings on the Syfy network.

Smackdown had 3.55 million total viewers, 1.36 million Adults 18-49 and 1.46 million Adults 25-54, which was good for a 2.3 HH rating. It was the most watched episode of Friday Night Smackdown since the weekly WWE show debuted on Syfy last October.

Thanks to the success of Friday Night Smackdown, Syfy propelled to #1 among all primetime cable telecasts for Adults 18-49 and #1 in prime cable among Adults 25-54.