Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Anderson: Stephanie Madoff Mack Speaks Out

Anderson opened today's show introducing us to his guest, Stephanie Madoff Mack, daughter-in-law of Bernie and Ruth Madoff. Stephanie's husband Mark committed suicide on the second anniversary of Bernie's arrest.

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Stephanie joined Anderson on stage to discuss the events, her recent book and her reaction to Ruth and Andrew's recent 60 Minutes interview. There were questions from the audience; and then some of Bernie's victims took the couch to express their anger. A victim's advocate was also present and offered tips to protect individual investments.

Apparently, the Padma Lakshmi/"Anderson Top Chef Challenge" segment advertised as part of the today's program was cut. For additional information on today's show, please visit andersoncooper.com by clicking on the hotlink below.

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm disappointed the ATA Team did not have the full interview with Stephanie Madoff.
I have her book and she is the only believeable Madoff, JMO, in the pack and 60 Minutes had one of its highest ratings ever featuring Ruth Madoff.
Anderson should do more of these types of interviews, interviews people who watch 360, are interested in.
If you could add the rest of this interview it would be appreciated.
Judy

Anonymous said...

Judy,

I couldn't agree with you more. I thought Stephanie was far more "human" than Ruth, at least she showed some emotion and she talked about her family, not just me me me like Ruth did. It seemed that Ruth forgot she had another son because she couldn't accept the truth that he saw. Andrew on the other hand seems to be more like his father.

Anderson really seemed comfortable in doing this interview and maybe that is why Stephanie seemed so comfortable talking about everything.

I want to read her book, so maybe someone will get it for me for Christmas. I wouldn't pay 2 cents for Ruth book only because it's the truth as she remembers it and not as it really was.

I wish Stephanie well and hope she and her children eventually find peace.

DeeDee

Anonymous said...

@Dee Dee:
Glad you agree.
There was a picture of Andrew in USA Today last week and he looked so pompous, the exact expression his father had when they arrested him.
No, I wouldn't spend a dime on Andrew's book or Ruth's.
Judy

ACAnderFan said...

I saw about 20 minutes of today's 'Anderson' then lost interest. I really don't care to hear from anyone from the Madoff family. I did see the last 10 minutes of the show and agree with the victims of Bernie Madoff that Stephanie should not profit from her book. No one in the Madoff family should profit off of a book or anything like that.

Anonymous said...

I actually thought this was Anderson's best interview to date on the talk show. Anderson seemed more relaxed in the one-on-one, non-sensationalist interview. The conversation seemed to flow vs. feeling scripted like the other shows I've seen.

That said, I'm not buying Stephanie's story, hook, line & sinker. I do think she's the most real of the Madoff's, but there's not much competition in that family.

The red flags for me (and I heard her answers, both today and on her The View appearance) were that she left her husband over the anniversary when he had tried to commit suicide the year before and that when he contacted her and was upset, she texted him back a rather curt reply and turned off her phone.

A loved one of mine tried to commit suicide and I was the one that found them. While they died of natural causes a few years later; from my experience, you are constantly looking for signs and the thought that they may try again is never far from your thoughts. The anniversary, the upset phone call/text -- both red flags for her IMO and she basically said go to a party, I don't want to talk to you. He's the one I feel sorry for.

I won't be buying her book. She's had her say on TV and that's enough for me. If she wrote the book for her children, why publish it and promote it on TV?

The talk show seems to be spastic in style -- I hope Anderson finds his grove soon. I'm getting whiplash!

-- Jenn

aries moon said...

I agree that Anderson was much more at ease during the Madoff interview than he has been since the show started and the production and pacing of the show was also much smoother. I think the change in AC has a lot to do with him being in his comfort zone and doing what he's more accustomed to as an interviewer/host. It may be that if given time to grow into his role as a daytime talk show host, he won't come off as uptight or forced to some viewers--on R&K he was paired with someone and it took off some of the pressure. Having said that, since the ratings for his show have been so-so he might not get the chance to develop and grow into it, but time will tell. Regarding the actual interview, Stephanie Madoff came across to me as insincere and I agreed with the victims of Bernie Madoff that she should donate the proceeds of her book to them.