When Arnold Schwarzenegger stopped by “The Daily Show” on Monday night to plug his new book, “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story,” Jon Stewart began by immediately addressing the “elephant in the room.”
“What were you thinking with ‘Jingle All the Way’?” he asked, facetiously.
Of course, without actually having to utter the words “affair” or “love child,” Stewart was actually asking Schwarzenegger about his relationship with housekeeper Mildred Baena, which came to light last year shortly after his term as governor ended.
“Why write the book now? Stewart wondered. “Why not wait until things cool off?”
Schwarzenegger might have answered, “Because I got a book deal,” but instead he made writing the memoir sound like an act of contrition. “I never was the kind of person that runs away from the problem, I run towards it,” he said.
The Governator argued that “to me it’s much better just to talk about it,” though he neglected to mention if there’s a statute of limitations on coming clean. (Schwarzenegger’s affair with Baena took place in 1996.)