Tina Turner canceled Mike Wallace’s sleazy 60 Minutes sex questions: CBS contributor
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Tina Turner once scolded 60 Minutes journalist Mike Wallace after he repeatedly made nasty remarks about her sex appeal, a former CBS contributor claims.
Leslie Molson, who worked at CBS between 1996 and 2004, claimed on Twitter Thursday that she saw unreleased footage of an interview Wallace conducted with Turner, in which she abruptly called off production due to his inappropriate behavior.
“One assignment I had on 60 Minutes was to look at old raw (unedited) interview footage for some reason I can’t remember,” Molson began long twitter threadwhich has been viewed more than 650,000 times.
“So I watched the raw footage of a 1996 Mike Wallace interview with Tina Turner.”
The former network employee continued, “Wallace interviewed them at their property in Nice, and it starts, as usual, with a B-roll in which they walk around the grounds.” They then sit across from each other in their living room and just outside the gate – instantly – he stares at her and tells her how *sexy* she is.”
“As they talk, Wallace has a confident grin on his face and keeps talking about her performances, how *sexual* they are, why they are so sexual, how sexual she is and so on…Turner faces the camera, mimics the edit; and the footage ends abruptly,” Molson claimed.
The Post has reached out to Molson for further comment. CBS officials did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for a response to their now-viral thread.
Meanwhile, Turner and Wallace appear to be getting along well in the latter part of the interview that aired. CBS even shared it again the sit-in session following Turner’s death on Wednesday. The superstar obviously had no grudges against the network, despite possible tensions with Wallace, and appeared for several interviews on CBS over the following years, including a candid conversation with Gayle King in 2018.
In the Twitter thread, Molson claimed the cameras subsequently resumed filming after Turner apparently reprimanded Wallace for the unwelcome questions and comments.
“As filming resumes, Mike profusely apologizes to Tina with an embarrassed, serious expression and promises to stay in touch with questions about her career,” the former CBS contributor wrote.
“It’s obvious that when the camera stopped rolling, she gave him something and it was lovely! Few people had done this and it was glorious! Few had done that.”
“It was great to see Tina Turner slam him like that, but to think she had to deal with this shit from an overpaid, ruthless former game show host despite being one of the brightest talents of the 20th century is That’s horrific,” Molson continued.
She concluded: “The interview as it aired is actually bad enough – Mike Wallace belittled Tina Turner’s talent and didn’t even consider treating her with zero respect until she threatened to evict him from her home throw it.” Wallace was an asshole at its best.”
Wallace – who died in 2012 – worked at 60 Minutes from 1969 to 2006 and is considered one of America’s most legendary news reporters.
However, the esteemed journalist authorized During an interview in 1991, he said that in the 1970s and 1980s he “put his hand on the backs of his CBS News colleagues and unbuckled the clasps on their bras.”
Meanwhile network producer Ira Rosen allegedly in a book from 2021 that Wallace “regularly bombarded colleagues with questions about their sex lives; hit her for no good reason; grabbed women who worked in offices by the buttocks and breasts; pulled her onto his lap; and ripped bra straps.”
Wallace was previously criticized for an interview he conducted with another legendary artist in 1991.
In a conversation with Barbra Streisand, the journalist brought the icon to tears while questioning her about painful memories from her childhood.
Turner passed away on Wednesday at the age of 83.
Turner battled cancer, suffered a stroke and kidney problems, but her representatives announced that she died of natural causes.
Fans mourn the loss of the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll” outside the palatial home she shared with her husband Irwin Bach in Kusnach, Switzerland.