Entertainment Weekly


Stay Connected


Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content


Jodie Foster questions ''60 Minutes II''

She says the show took the low road in promoting her interview Tuesday night

Posted on

Jodie Foster
Russ Einhorn/Star Max

If the promos for Tuesday night’s edition of ”60 Minutes II” were to be believed, Jodie Foster was breaking an 18-year silence about John Hinckley, the man who attempted to assassinate President Reagan to impress her in 1982. But viewers who bought the hype of CBS’ commercials — which included menacing photos of Hinckley — may have been disappointed. Not only was the entire subject skimmed over with a few short questions, Foster herself says she revealed nothing new during the segment. ”I certainly have talked about this many times in the last 18 years,” Foster says. ”And I don’t really expand on it any more than I ever have. I think his question was, ‘Was this an awful time in your life?’ and I said, ‘Yeah, it was a really awful time in my life,’ and I don’t think it was much beyond that.”

What’s more, CBS neglected to explain that Foster had discussed the entire matter in a 1982 story in Esquire magazine. ”I wrote an article called ‘Why Me,”’ says Foster. ”I said, if you have any questions, please refer to this article, because I pretty much go into everything that I feel about this event that I can talk about. Obviously, none of these feelings are secret, because I wrote them down 18 years ago.”

So why the pre-airing buzz? ”They’re trying to promote their show, so I think they look for the most scandalous, tabloid-like thing to put out there so that people will watch,” shrugs Foster. ”I really can’t explain it any other way.” Hey, you try going up against ”Will & Grace.”