When the news first broke about Michael Vick going on the Oprah Winfrey show, a group of his formerly abused dogs’ new owners contacted the show to ask that Oprah include the dogs’ side of the story. Apparently she was taking them up on this offer, as someone from the show reached out to one of the owners just hours before Vick canceled his interview.
When Vick canceled his appearance there was another rumor that Oprah was being prepped with tough questions by PETA. According to representative from PETA, this was also true.
“Oprah was our Person of the Year in 2009… PETA President Ingrid Newkirk, who met privately with Michael Vick, wrote to Oprah with a concern over her upcoming interview. We wanted to make sure that Oprah does not fall for the trick that Vick tried on PETA—saying that, to him, ‘pet’ dogs were different from the ‘avatars’ used in his fighting pit.”
Although Vick told PETA that he viewed his pets differently, a USDA report on his dog fighting activities revealed that he threw his own family dogs into the fighting pit to be torn to shreds while he and his friends laughed.
“Just as convicted pedophiles aren’t allowed free access to children, anyone who is responsible for hanging, electrocuting, or shooting dogs and who ‘got a rush’ out of killing them, as he admitted and his friends confirmed, and who caused them to suffer in other horrific ways, should never again be allowed access to dogs,” Newkirk wrote in the letter.
And what did Oprah said about Vick’s abrupt cancelation? “He said personal reasons. We did a field trip with him. We had been shooting with Michael Vick. And the fact that he pulled out and all his people…We move on.”
I doubt she’ll air anything they prepared. David Arquette will replace Vick as a guest for this show.