February 17, 2010, - 2:15 pm

And the Award for Tackiest Self-Promotion By an Olympic Medalist Goes to . . .

By Debbie Schlussel

. . . Nancy Kerrigan.  Yup, her.  All last week, Kerrigan was doing tearful “exclusive” interviews with Entertainment Tonight anchor Mary Hart, then right after each one, she and Hart promoted her upcoming appearances this week, as ET’s “Special Olympic correspondent,” which sounds like Special Olympics, more than it sounds like she’s a special correspondent (please Sarah Palin fanatics, don’t send me hate-mail for noting this).


It was sooooo tacky:  Sob, sob, my father died, sob, sob.  Now, watch me all next week as I give you ditzy reports from Vancouver because I’m no longer a hot commodity on the ice.

And here’s an example of her moronic reports. This is grieving? Nauseating.

As some readers know, in my previous career, I was a sports agent and, among my clients were several Olympic athletes in individual (not team) sports.  I saw how spoiled some of them were and how their siblings were neglected as their families spent all of their time, money, and other resources for the “champ” in the family.  Given this, I’m not at all surprised at the mental and violence problems suffered by Nancy Kerrigan’s brother and that he’s now accused of causing their father’s death.  Not saying that excuses anything, if he’s at fault. Still, this is the kind of dysfunction that happens in those families . . . the Olympic families, in far too many cases.

And, geez, the Kerrigan interviews about her just-deceased father tied in to self-promotion on ET was just maudlin and tacky beyond belief.  Low class, all the way.

Wow, someone wake me when the juice and excessive hype from that knee-clubbing well over a decade ago, finally wears off. Man, Tonya Harding deserves a commission.

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11 Responses

One does have to wonder why “ET” would word such correspondents’ titles the way they do, does one?

But even “ET” itself has gone downhill faster than a skier on a very sharp mountain, in recent years.

ConcernedPatriot on February 17, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Hi Debbie,
After I heard of the sad turn of events concerning Kerrigan’s brother, and I wondered if her parent’s fawning over her had something to do with her brother’s dysfunctional life. I, too, have had experience being around world class athletes and have seen how their sibling(s) were treated as the second bananas and the thought did cross my even then what kind of relationships were being formed.

Thanks for watching the Winter Olympics for me because I have lost all interest in the games due to all the professionalism that has infected the games. Personally, I think it would be a good idea to suspend the games for a while, but I don’t think that will happen because there is just too much money involved.

Keep up the excellent work!

L: Trust me, I am NOT watching the Winter Olympics. So that makes two smart people. DS

Liberty on February 17, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Liberty – yeah, there is too much money involved. Such as how much money the American tax payer puts out for this BS whenever it comes to America. I am so glad that B. Hussein Obama did not get the Olympics for Chicago, he would have made many of his personnal friends multi-millionaires.

    Jarhead on February 17, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Not knowing nor caring that the Olympics are on, my only reaction to Nancy Kerrigan is, “Why?… Why?… Why?…”

Patspfs on February 17, 2010 at 3:24 pm

What’s wrong with professionalism and making money?

ari-free on February 17, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Like Buttthead of “Beavis and Butthead” fame said, “You can watch the Olympics any old time.”

Horse face Kerrigan already showed she was a spoiled brat when Kerrigan whined about Oksana Baiul on the medal stand and most especially when Kerrigan dissed Mickey Mouse of all people!!!

The Winter Olympics are just something for the snobs to claim they watch because it puts them above the common sports fan.

I couldn’t care less watching a bunch of fruity guys swishing around on ice or curling, the dumbest “sport” in the history of mankind.

I’m a member of the Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville with several swimmers who have competed for the Olympics and several ice skaters who compete professionally. Every single one is a spoiled brat and the only ones worse are their stage moms and dads.

Jeff_W on February 17, 2010 at 3:52 pm

There is NOTHING wrong with professionalism and making money. However, the Olympics was not created to display “professional” athletes. It was for the world to come together in peace and friendship and compete therby showing the world that despite our differences and disagreements we can set them aside and find common ground in the arena of sports. At least that is how I understand what the Olympics was SUPPOSE to be. NOT for the likes of Andre Agassi, the Williams sisters, Michael Jordan, or Tiger Woods to compete for gold medals. Professionalism is totally wrong for the Olympics.

Liberty on February 17, 2010 at 8:25 pm


I am so happy to see you comment on this. When I first heard that Nancy was going to make an appearance on this show(which I do not watch), my first thought was “Wow, if my father had recently been killed, as hers had, there is no way I’d be on TV.” It is tacky, and disgusting….so much for grief.

Daphne on February 17, 2010 at 9:05 pm


Have you no shame? I mean your father died just a couple of weeks ago. I am really appalled you didn’t show more sentiment of this in public before displaying happiness in public. Take it from me, days before my historic election I had to pull the plug on Granny. Well I flew back to campaign and guess what we announced the day before the election that my grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham, passed away. Now who would ever question the time and date when my grandmother actually passed away? Work it girl!! Hell they are too afraid to question my actual birthplace.


CaliforniaScreaming on February 17, 2010 at 11:41 pm

I about fell off the couch when I saw Mary turn to her sitting in the studio. No decency all the way around.

FeFe on February 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm

So glad to see that I am not alone in my revulsion of Nancy Kerrigan! She is the most self centered little prima Donna the Olympics has ever had to tolerate. From her bad attitude when she didn’t win the Olympic gold medal, her bratty behavior on the Disney float, and her affair with a married man! Can’t stand her!

Stephanie on February 21, 2014 at 1:06 am

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