Almost everyone loves Oprah, but don't count Billy Joel among them. In a new interview published in The New York Times Magazine, the "Piano Man" comes clean about his 2008 appearance on "Oprah," that ended up focusing on his drinking, car accidents and divorce.
When interviewer Andrew Goldman notes that Joel looked "uncomfortable," the superstar confirmed that was the case, saying, "I was very uncomfortable. I was in shock. I didn't realize behind me there were these screens of, like, auto accidents and things about driving and divorce. I thought I was going to come talk about music."
Joel went on to explain that he only agreed to do the show because his wife at the time, Kate, had a book coming out and she begged him to do it, but Joel had a bad feeling going into the interview.
"I said, 'I don’t want to do it, I don’t want to do it, don’t make me do it, don’t make me do it.' But I said, 'O.K., I’ll do it, and it’s going to suck.' Sure enough, it did."
The worst part for Joel was that his daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, saw it, and it made her cry. "She thought it was a mean line of questioning, and she knew I wasn’t happy," Joel says of his daughter. "She could see it. This is why I didn’t want to do the show. I don’t like doing TV, especially a show like that. All those touchy-feely kind of shows like 'The View' or 'Oprah,' people talk about their feelings. I don’t like that."
In the lengthy interview, Joel also addresses Elton John's statement that Joel hasn't written any new music out of fear or laziness. "That’s his opinion. I don’t do it because I don’t wanna," Joel says. "He tends to shoot off his mouth — he shoots from the hip. I think his heart is in the right place. Maybe he’s trying to motivate me, to get me mad or something. He’s kind of like a mom."
Does that mean we should call him "Elton Mom"?