Good Morning America scored the big "get" in the Steve Phillips saga by landing the first interview with "mistress" Brooke Hundley—an interview that wants to be sympathetic, but mostly focuses in on the pathetic.
Hundley went on TV this morning—you can watch the whole thing here—to defend herself against charges that she's some kind of crazy lunatic, because she's totally not. In a lengthy interview, filled with many softly lit questions, she claims that she was not stalking anyone and that Phillips was the one who threatened her, saying he could get her fired if she spilled the beans about their sexcapades. Hundley says that she never meant to hurt anyone, "I simply wanted somebody to get upset enough to have an impact, to get me out of this horrific situation." A situation she helped create, but still ... not a picnic.
Hundley also says that she and Phillips have "resolved their issues," but still hopes that he "would grow up and take responsibility for his own actions." (That's kind of how most Mets fans feel too.) But in an all-time "where do you get off?" moment, she sorta apologizes to Marni Phillips, but does so by saying that now that she's been humiliated in public, Hundley "understands her pain." You know, the pain caused by knowing another woman slept with your husband.
"I've been called things by the public that no woman should ever be called," she said. "I couldn't go a day without getting, you know, 200 messages in my inbox from people that have never met me, just labeling, just calling me names. I've been called the 'C' word. I've been called a whore. I've been called a homewrecker."
Worse than all of that? She was the punchline to Jay Leno joke. "That was my breaking point," she says, and who can blame her? I mean, it would be one thing if Letterman or Conan made a crack about her looks, because that might have actually been funny. But Leno? Heck, I'd even take a Jimmy Kimmel zinger before subjecting myself to that nightmare.
So in the end, the key takeaway here is that if you made fun of Brooke Hundley's appearance, you're basically Jay Leno. Stings, doesn't it?
Exclusive: Steve Phillips' Mistress, Brooke Hundley, Speaks Out [Video @ ABC News]