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Why Michael Vick Canceled On Oprah

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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)

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