Last week, we reported that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick pulled the plug on his “Oprah” appearance, which was set to occur this Thursday, February 24. Now the question remains: Why?

Several reasons may be behind Vick’s decision, according to Fox News, including Vick’s own fear of meeting with his formerly abused dogs’ new owners and anticipation of backlash from PETA.

An adoptive owner of one of the dogs had recently contacted Oprah Winfrey’s production company, Harpo, to gauge interest in his joining other owners in a televised segment with Vick.

“That same night, Vick’s rep told Oprah’s producers he was backing out [of the interview],” said Richard Hunter, who also owns one of Vick’s former dogs. “It would certainly be a coincidence if one didn’t have something to do with the other.”

Apparently PETA executives were none too happy about the upcoming interview, either. The nonprofit recently conveyed in a letter to Winfrey that she should watch out for trickery on Vick’s part.

“PETA President Ingrid Newkirk, who met privately with Michael Vick, wrote to Oprah with a concern over her upcoming interview,” a PETA representative told Fox. “We wanted to make sure that Oprah does not fall for the trick that Vick tried on PETA—saying that, to him, ‘pet’ dogs were different from the ‘avatars’ used in his fighting pit.”

When Vick canceled the appearance, he told Winfrey that personal reasons were to blame. The talk show host told the Hollywood Reporter: “We did a field trip with him. We had been shooting with Michael Vick. And the fact that he pulled out and all his people … We move on.”

Winfrey’s interview with Vick was to be the first he’s done since his return to the NFL. Vick’s last interview was a very short piece on “60 Minutes” two years after the 2007 dog-fighting scandal.

According to the New York Post, actor David Arquette will replace Vick as a guest for this Thursday’s show. It will be Arquette’s first interview since his stint in rehab (we’re guessing Piers Morgan and Winfrey didn’t bet on that one!).

(Via Fox News)

  • BanTheFurTrade

    Not a surprise. Vick’s obviously a coward.

    • http://www.scumbag-michael-vick.com/ Vick

      Yeah. He’s scared of Oprah.

      • colby

        mike’s not scared of oprah, or the dog owners. Its called a BUSINESS DECISION. He’s on a road to redemption, but he’s still vulnerable. If Oprah started baggin on him(which she will because she’s ahater) it could ruin his good fortune

      • Gwen Hillman

        This moron is NOT scared of Oprah – what he was scared of was facing the new parents of the dogs that he abused. He is a coward – first he abuses the dogs and then he is too SH*T scared to face the parents. He has a yellow streak a mile wide running down his back. He is not sorry for what he has done and given the opportunity (and also of him not being caught) he will do the same thing again. He does not deserve anything that he has got – he did not earn it !!!

    • http://www.herwinsvegancafe.com herwin

      + 1 BTFT.
      he don’t want a confrontation with his victims. He just want to be on a show and tell how great he is, the bad-guy-gone-hero kinda act.

    • braeden

      This is a smart move, as much as he would love to be on the show it would most likely portray Vick in a poor light. He has served his time, works with animal shelters, speaks to children about the harm of dogfighting. He has gone above and beyond. Now let the man work to pay off his debts, play football and be with his family. MAYBE IF ALL THE VICK HATERS IN THIS WORLD WOULD LAY OFF HIM AND STOP LIVING IN THE PAST THE WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE.

      • http://FACEBOOK BELINDA

        HOW MANY CHANCES DO THE DEAD DOGS GET, HOW MUCH DAMAGE WAS DONE TO THOSE WHO SURVIVED THIS HORRIFIC SO CALLED SPORT. IF HE HAD BEEN A MAN WITH ANY SENSE OF HUMANITY, HE WOULD NEVER HAVE TAKEN PART IN SOMETHING BASED IN RAPE, BEATINGS AND DEATH TO THOSE WHO DON’T PERFORM, IT WASN’T THE ACT OF SOME TEENAGER, HE WAS A GROWN MAN AND KNEW IT WAS WRONG. HOW MUCH FORGIVENESS DID HE SHOW HIS VICTIMS. HE’S NOT TRULY REMORSEFUL, HE WANTS HIS LIFE BACK, HIS FAME HIS FORTUNE, SO NO, HE SHOULDN’T BE ALLOWED TO THRIVE AND GET ON WITH HIS LIFE, WHEN HE’S DONE NOTHING TO DESERVE IT, HE DIDN’T GO TO JAIL OUT OF PENNANTS, HE WENT BECAUSE HE WAS MADE TO AND I CAN GUARANTEE YOU THAT IF HE HAD NOT BEEN STOPPED, HE WOULD STILL BE FIGHTING AND KILLING DOGS, THAT’S A FACT, AND THE WORLD WOULD BE BETTER PLACE WITHOUT PEOPLE LIKE VICK IN IT.

      • Michelle

        Do you honestly think that one single thing this man (and I use that term very lightly) has done has been because of remorse? That he has truly accepted the consequences of the actions he took part in – not in terms of jail time, millions lost, endorsements but in the torture and killing of innocent animals for what – sport? More money? The one and only thing he is sorry for is that he got caught and now he can’t be a man and actually face what he has done. He has done only what he had do and from what I can see, hasn’t suffered very much for it. Still playing football, still has people willing to defend his disgusting behavior. Can we say the same thing for the dogs who are still recovering from what they went through? Who despite the love and care they are now receiving may always carry the scars, physical and emotional?

        If he was truly sorry for what he did, he would know that he doesn’t matter anymore, the cause still does. He would shed light on what he did and how he did it so that others can be caught, so that people can learn more about this horrible, vile, inexcusable act. But no, he chooses to hide – something those sweet dogs never had the opportunity to do when they were being forced to injure and kill one another.

        Coward indeed.

      • sarah

        You obviously have not done your homework. Michael ConVick does not work with animal shelters, in fact his probation doesn’t allow him to be around animals. He is a coward and his high priced PR team was shakeing in their boots. Vick tortured, abused and killed innocent dogs for sport and pleasure. That is called a physcopath. He only paid his debt to the justice system for inter state gambling via his bank rolling on betting on dog fighting. He served nothing for his animal abuse. He has a long history of illegal and bad behavior and the best prediction of someones future behavior is their past behavior. I hope Oprah uses her research and runs a story on Vick without him.

    • Stan Longley

      This has nothing to do with redemption or remorse on his part. The bottom line is that he was caught. We all know he would still be killing dogs today if he hadn’t been caught. Scum.

    • Patricia Wicker

      Michael Vick is pure Garbage!!!!!! The only thing he is interested in is MONEY. He is nothing but Evil.

  • Sara K

    Yawn** can we please move on from this?! Seriously?

    • ANK

      sure, let’s just forget about the dogs he abused and killed for money…a slap on one hand and give the other a huge paycheck for his great athletic talents… for some of us, he’ll forever be a poor example of human and never live down his actions

      • J

        Why don’t these people just move on? The man has paid his debt to society. Why are you still worried about it and it happened 3 years ago. Just let the man play football. Obviously, he is trying to put all of this behind him, so why is everyone still talking about it. If Michael Vick has moved on, why don’t these other people move on. Let the man live his life and earn a living and take care of his family and leave him alone.

    • http://ecorazzi Dana

      Ah, if your so bored then why you on the site, duh it’s about Michael Vick!

  • Rachel Erica
  • Ray

    Why don’t I see all of you same Vick haters on Ray Lewis websites slamming him? Or roethlisbergers sites talking about raping women? Vick killed some dogs, yes. But he didn’t kill or rape people like many other players no one talks about now.

    Oh, and how about the fact that he actually served his time, lost hundreds of millions in endorsements and contracts, had all of his hundreds of millions in assets seized, and lost his reputation. Like this wasn’t enough punishment? Mind you that the average guy who gets caught daily gets a small amount of prison time and their pinto seized……

    Maybe have faith that the justice system worked above and beyond in this case and give a second chance. If not, I hope you go to prison for a 3rd degree felony then have no one want to forgive you or give you a second chance rendering you jobless with no support.

    • nicky

      LOL, Move on lol..Killing a living creature is nothing to move on from, maybe just a dog to the Vick supporters but a part of a family member and a loved one to most. Don’t compare this scum to anyone, he is a psychopath and couldn’t careless about the dogs he tortured and killed. Ben was never convicted nor is he in a jail cell, Vick did the deed. Would you forgive someone who killed a member of your family, think NOT.!!! He isn’t remorse he isn’t on a road to redemption he is on a road to who can I fake I’m sorry for what I did so that I can make more money. I’ll move on when someone removes him from this world.

      • nicky

        oops remorseful..

  • paula

    Oprah is known for throwing black folks under the bus. I don’t hear any of your crying out for those two women who were raped by Ben. Yes, what Mick dud was SO wrong. Why do an ambush interview? That’s just mean. I am a animal lover but Come ON ….really this happened 3-4 years ago. If people cared about PEOPLE the way they do dogs the world would be a better place. NEW FLASH : DOG FIGHTING WAS GOING ON LOOOONG BEFORE MICHAEL VICK..& it continues to happen. How bout PETA & Oprah go after them! How bout we bring Ben to the courts and let him face his accused! How bout you all scream foul on Ben leave Vicky alone!

  • marmar

    I am glad he did not do the show also that stalker Richard Hunter is just mad because he would not acknowledge him. They chose to take these dogs and got money for taking these dogs. Vick has moved on and does not owe them anything. He owes his family and the nfl to do the best he can to lead a life that is different from the one he was leading. These lunatic so called animal lovers need to go adopt every dog that is out there and shut up and leave the man alone. They just want attention to their name and more money and should not be given the time of day. Oprah is not God and who cares about her. If you don’t like the fact that he is making millions of dollars playing football then don’t watch. If you hate him so much don’t give him the time of day. This is just like the 50 and 60′s all the bigots and racist come with excuses to hate. That crazy man Hunter is looking to make a name for himself off of Vick and that is what he is mad about. When I saw his picture hell I would not have stopped and talked to him either. About what you not going to believe anything the man says, so stop you just want somebody to lynch in public and are mad because he won’t continue to let you good for him.

  • dada

    if all of you are so distressed about the grievances that Michael Vick has committed upon society and the animal kingdom, why dont you use this zeal to bring to light criminal activities that ACTUALLY INVOLVE the RAPE, BEATING, and TORTURE of HUMAN BEINGS, instead Michael Vick is the focal point of an angered society. I am not saying what he did was right, for clearly it was wrong and only he knows if he is truly sorry for his transgressions. BUT the fact of the matter is he has paid his dues and is now trying to avoid the lime lgiht outside the NFL, so people if you really are concerned about unjust actions, please focus on other criminals that have committed acts of monstrosity to fellow human beings instead of wasting any more time on Vick.

    • polly

      actually , you ingnorant jerk, people who beat ,torture and kill animals often do the same to human beings and if this ignorant animal Mr.michael couldnt throw a ball or catch one he’d be doig other criminal acts. he’s a gifted ball player and that does not excuse him from an easy sentence and horrible acts.i bet he’d be doing time for one thing or another had the nfl not wanted him back. hero my ass

  • Patricia Wicker

    EVIL EVIL EVIL MICHAEL VICK YOU ARE EVIL !!!!!!

  • Michael Mahoney

    Who cares? I wish he had never got out of jail.

    • Daniel J. Gorham

      All this talk about that no good Vick guy reminds me of an old joke: “A father spent a fortune sending his son to college and only got a quarter-back!

  • Bruce

    I am not speaking up for Vick, first I would believe anything Fox News has to say. Have wanted to give Vick another chance even as horrified at his previous actions. The more publicity he gets involved with over the dog fighting the less feel he deserves to be on any field except cleaning up dog poop.

  • Amber

    Chicken Run Vick. You couldn’t face that dog because you prob. hung his/her brother or sister? See I could forgive Vick for dog fighting (if he served time for it). The fact is he didn’t even serve time for dog-fighting , he served time for basically attending dog fights. Now, as I said before if he would of went to prison for dog fighting came out a “changed man” I would found a way to forgive him or just wouldn’t have the disgusted for him I do now. However, the DAY Vick decided to kill these animals with his own hands is the day I could never go back and forgive him. I can not forgive a psychopath that laughs as him and a friend slam a dog to the ground over and over until it’s dead, holds their head under water until they stop breathing, and the many other things they did because the animal didn’t perform well. Seriously, the day he did this all forgiveness went out the window. Where did our morals go to? Could you look a dog in the eyes and electrocute it? If the answer is no think about what kind of person it took to do this. Do you think that person could honestly change it’s who he is. I have seen many heartless acts but these took the cake. I wouldn’t care if this man was a bum on the streets. The pain and fear these dogs had to feel is unimaginable. We maybe quick to “let it go” but I can tell you there is a higher power that will make him feel the pain of what did.