June 30th, 2010
08:27 AM ET
8 years ago

Elizabeth Edwards talks Rielle Hunter and more on Larry King

(CNN) – Elizabeth Edwards, who became legally separated from husband John Edwards in January, is again speaking out about the woman who was instrumental in ending her marriage.

Speaking to CNN's Larry King in an exclusive primetime interview airing Wednesday, Edwards took aim at Rielle Hunter – the woman with whom John Edwards engaged in an affair and fathered a child – for posing provocatively in a magazine earlier this year.

"I did see the pictures and I think it's really important when you're a mother to convey that's the role you value and I think she just had too many T's to cross," Edwards said. "She also wanted to be viewed as sexy and everything else. At some point you can be sexy but that can't be your goal.

The photos in question were published in GQ magazine last February and show Hunter in several suggestive positions. Hunter herself was very upset with the photos the magazine ran, telling ABC's Barbara Walters she had wrongly trusted the photographer would make them tasteful.

In the wide-ranging interview airing on CNN at 9 p.m. ET, Edwards also dismisses charges from Hunter that her marriage was dysfunctional even before John Edwards began to have an affair in 2006.

"If that were true, why would John and I have worked so hard, under such difficult and public circumstances to make the relationship work," said Edwards. "I really think we both worked hard in the end to make it work. And I suppose there are a lot of women in her position who like to justify their behavior...by thinking this relationship in which they are thrusting themselves wasn’t valuable to begin with. It was clearly valuable to both of us and something we tried very hard to save."

Edwards' comments come as the paperback edition of her 2009 book Resilience is set to be released. The latest edition includes a new chapter about her separation earlier in the year.

soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Margaret

    well-that is a nice way to put it.

    June 30, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  2. pt

    Ms. Edwards needs to move on and let it drop. People are tired of the subject.

    June 30, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. Katiemund

    Really really sad that she has such misdirected anger. For such a smart woman, maybe a brilliant woman not to understand who the rat is and where 100% of the blame lies. I am sorry for her.

    June 30, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. LB

    As as I feel real bad for what happened to Elizabeth, it takes 2 to do it, so both John and that other woman are both guilty here....and always remember there are ALWAYS 3 sides to every story, hers, his and THE TRUTH...

    June 30, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. teresa, kent, ohio

    Elizabeth: I think you are one class act... however, there comes a time in every married/divorcing persons life where they have to look ONLY at the spouse and not the one they cheated with and say: hey, why I am mad at this 3rd person?

    The only one to blame is John. John did it, it must have been on his mind, no one forced him. John CHOSE to have sex with her. It's what people do on occassion: cheat.

    This isnt about YOU against REILLE. It's about John cheating, Reille was just the flavor of the day, even if it was the first time he cheated.

    With all due respect, Elizabeth, and I do mean RESPECT, it's time to stop talking about John. John messed up. It's not your job to keep cleaning up after him.

    I look forward to the day that the name "John" never passes your lips in public. You are a an amazing woman. Oh, and as one sister to another, you need to go get your hair styled. you're worth it.

    June 30, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. Kraig Rasool

    Elizabeth Edwards is just a little too nice... If you feel like telling the
    other woman off for interfering with you marriage then do so... She took
    away your home sweet home and ran with it....Now all you can do is
    say that the other woman needs to be more of a mother etc...Please..
    Find some dirt and drag her thru the mud with you.

    June 30, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. themoi

    As any expert will tell you an affair needs 2 things to start–a bad martial situation and opportunity. She can delude herself all she wants that things were good, maybe they were to her but obviously not to him. If he got what he needed at home he wouldn't stray. But then again, he's in love with himself and his hair and not her.

    June 30, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. Anonymous

    she should get on with her life.

    June 30, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. Al

    I like Elizabeth, but the more she talks about this, the less I do. It is time to move on.

    June 30, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. Anonymous

    Elizabeth Edwards wants to tell Hunter what photos to take? Puh-leeze. How about keeping damaging secrets from the american public on a serious candidate for president of the united states? Elizabeth should get on with her life and realize how petty she looks.

    June 30, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. echoo

    Hunter is a immoral freak. Sleeping with a married man whose wife is dying of cancer? how low can you go? her child will know what she did and will in all like hood follow her example. I hope John Edwards feels like scum of the earth. He is clearly so dumb as to throw away a promising career and the love of his entire family for a photographer. If it wasn't so tragic it, would be laughable.

    June 30, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. Joel

    Of course the marriage was dysfunctional before the affair with Hunter started. People that are happy in their marriage don't have affairs.

    June 30, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Let's hope that Mr. Edwards, will never run for office again.

    June 30, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. Anonymous

    My sympathy to Mrs. Edwards and alhough it does not excuse Johns actions everyone woman needs to be accountable for their role in their husbands infidility especially with long marriages.she claims John changed and needs to look at her role as a wife at what may have lead her husband to have an affair not a one night stand.

    June 30, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. cathy

    I feel bad for her because her marriage broke up – anyone would however this is one smart lawyer who probably knew long before she's admitting that her marriage was in trouble. Also...they played it every way they could with her illness....I never believed she was as sick as they claimed she was and they went for the cancer sympathy vote...thank goodness that terrible man didn't get the nod...as much as I dislike who DID get it, I think he may have been even worse if that's possible.

    June 30, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. Jeff in Houston

    Raise your hand if you care anymore.

    June 30, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. doug

    John is about as liberal as a person can get.

    He made a living screwing over honest people, robbing them of their hard earned money, and gave it to dishonest, hate-filled taker libs.

    She knew what type of person he was (lib), these actions are to be expcted of a person with no morals, values, or integrity.

    You marry a Democrat, you know what to expect. They are incapable of caring about anyone but themselves.

    June 30, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. Valerie

    You go, Elizabeth!

    I'm still bleaching my eyes out after seeing those pictures.....YIKES!

    June 30, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. Bill

    Let it go, Elizabeth. She didn't have that affair or child by herself.

    June 30, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. Who Cares?

    Just stop it Elizabeth.

    YOU were willing to let it all go if it would have made you First Lady.

    You allowed it to stay a secret even when it could have brought down the entire Democratic Party if John would have gotten the nomination.

    It was only after your chances to be First Lady disappeared that it became a tragedy.

    Oh well, least you made some cash off it with the book!!!

    June 30, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. Jeff in Virginia

    According to CNN, this is the most important thing in American politics today.


    June 30, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. Sandi

    Elizabeth Edwards book Resilence is excellent. When most women would be very bitter and insist on voicing the bitterness publicly – she is the epitome of grace and civilness...Ms Hunter on the other hand is just bucking for publicity, shallow – nothingness.

    June 30, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Senator

    Jackie Kennedy said; ' If you boch at raising your kids, anything else you accomplish in life won't much matter.

    June 30, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. Gale

    Under the circumstances, I think she was very generous. A first class lady!

    June 30, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  25. Dolores Austin Texas

    Rielle Hunter and John Edwards deserve each other, these two are cheap scum bags. What goes around comes around, May God bless Elizabeth Edwards and her children.

    June 30, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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