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Rielle Hunter: Coming to an ABC platform near you

June 14, 2012|By Robin Abcarian | This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
  • In this photo, provided by ABC, ABC News, correspondent Chris Cuomo talks with Rielle Hunter about her relationship with former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, in Charlotte, N.C.
In this photo, provided by ABC, ABC News, correspondent Chris Cuomo talks… (Phil Ellsworth / AP Photo/ABC )

Disgraced politician John Edwards had his say, though not on the witness stand.

Andrew and Cheri Young had their say, in court, in print and, possibly, in an Aaron Sorkin movie.

Before she died of breast cancer in December 2010, Elizabeth Edwards had her say, in a memoir she called “Resilience.”

The government had its say, when it unsuccessfully prosecuted Edwards for misuse of campaign funds.

And the people spoke as well, when a jury acquitted Edwards on one count of campaign finance violations and deadlocked on five others.

Wait. Are we forgetting anybody?

Oh yes: Rielle Hunter.

You may recall that in April 2010, eight months before Elizabeth Edwards died, the mistress of John Edwards and mother of his now 4-year-old youngest child, Quinn, poured her guts out to GQ in a disastrous interview that featured photos of her wearing pearls, a man’s white shirt and no pants.

Apparently, she was just getting started. According to ABC News, she’s about to break her "silence" …  again.

Hunter’s “tell-all” memoir — “What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me” — is slated for release June 26. The book release will be abetted by ABC with so much publicity that the network is in danger of rebranding itself the unofficial home of Rielle-a-palooza.

First, Hunter will sit for an interview with Chris Cuomo of ABC’s “20/20” that is to air June 22. Portions of the conversation will find their way to “Good Morning America,” “World News with Diane Sawyer” and ABC News Radio. Then, on June 26, Hunter is scheduled to appear on “Good Morning America,” “Nightline” and “The View.”

After the Justice Department announced Wednesday that it had decided against prosecuting Edwards again, his eldest daughter, Cate, who accompanied her father to the courtroom every day of his trial, tweeted this message: "Big sigh of relief. Ready to move forward with life."

For those who are not ready to move on, however, the scandal will continue to live in books, movies and many, many interviews.

[For the Record, 6:44 a.m. June 14: An earlier version of this post stated that Andrew Cuomo would interview Hunter. ABC's Chris Cuomo is to handle the interview.]

robin.abcarian@latimes.com

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