Hillary Clinton will be opening up about why she chose to stay with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, following his affair with Monica Lewinsky in her new road trip show.
The former secretary of state, 74, teamed up with her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, 42, for their upcoming AppleTV+ series, Gutsy, which shows them traveling across the country to meet with other inspiring women.
The official trailer for the show that dropped on Tuesday features a sneak peek of Hillary’s conversation with Rev. Whittney Ijanaten, who asks her about her decision to stay married to her husband in the wake of his public sex scandal.
Hillary Clinton, 74, opens up about decision to stay married to former President Bill Clinton after his public cheating scandal with Monica Lewinsky on her new AppleTV+ show, Gutsy
The official trailer for the show features her conversation with Rev. Whittney Ijanaten Ijanatenc, who notes that she once said the ‘gutsiest’ thing she ever did was stay married
‘You have a marriage that has been on public display since the beginning. You said the gutsiest thing you ever did was stay in your marriage,’ Ijanaten notes, and Hillary agrees.
‘That doesn’t mean that’s right for everybody,’ she adds.
The trailer cuts away before Hillary can say more, but Ijanaten — a wedding officiant— shared more details about their conversation about her marriage during an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
‘It was really nice to be human with someone who has just been, like, supernatural,’ she said. ‘It wasn’t Rev. Whittney to Secretary Clinton, it was woman to woman — I want to know how was it that you were able to stay? I was very grateful for the connection, for what they saw in me and how our conversation, once it got together, could be some magic.’
Hillary agrees, but adds that her choice isn’t ‘right for everybody’
‘It wasn’t Rev. Whittney to Secretary Clinton, it was woman to woman – I want to know how was it that you were able to stay?’ Ijanaten told Entertainment Weekly of their conversation
Hillary, who married Bill in 1975, was more than two decades into their marriage when news of his affair with Lewinsky — a 22-year-old White House — rocked the nation and led to his impeachment in 1998.
At the time, she remained supportive of her husband and stood by his side.
‘I think the gutsiest thing I’ve ever done — well, personally — was make the decision to stay in my marriage,’ she said during a Good Morning America appearance in 2019.
Hillary also shed light on the scandal in her 2017 book, What Happened, without specifically mentioning the affair.
‘There were times that I was deeply unsure about whether our marriage could or should survive,’ she writes.
Hillary married Bill in 1975 after they met as law students at Yale University. During the show, she takes their daughter, Chelsea Clinton, to the Arkansas home where they said ‘I do’
The former president’s affair with Lewinsky – a 22-year-old White House – rocked the nation and led to his impeachment in 1998
At the time, Hillary remained supportive of her husband and stood by his side (pictured as a united front in 1998)
‘But on those days I asked myself the question that mattered most to me: Do I still love him? And can I still be in this marriage without becoming unrecognizable to myself-twisted by anger, resentment, or remoteness. The answers were always yes. So I kept going.’
Hillary and Chelsea’s eight-episode series features a host of A-list celebrities and activists, including Kim Kardashian, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson, Megan Thee Stallion, Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, Mariska Hargitay, Jane Goodall, and Gloria Steinem.
‘Leadership doesn’t look one way. It’s a giant rainbow,’ Hudson, 43, says during a joint interview with Hawn, her mother.
‘You’re not gonna break me down. You’ll get worn out before I do,’ Stallion, 27, adds while painting with Hillary and Chelsea in her backyard.
Hillary teamed up with Chelsea for the eight episode series, which shows them traveling across the country to meet with other inspiring women
Kate Hudson (left) and her mother, Goldie Hawn (right), did a joint interview for the show
Amy Schumer (left) and Mariska Hargitay (right) are among the A-listers who are featured in the series
The mother-daughter duo posed for a selfie with Megan Thee Stallion during their visit with the rapper
Meanwhile, Kardashian, 41, discusses her passion for social justice reform, explaining: ‘To throw someone’s life away when people really do make changes, I just believe in second chances.’
The reality star, who is currently studying for the bar, also faces off with Hillary, who was a successful lawyer and law firm partner before becoming first lady, in a general legal knowledge quiz.
‘I think Kim has an unfair advantage,’ Hillary says in the episode, which was previewed by People.
‘Kim has studied more recently than you,’ agrees her daughter, Chelsea, who served as the quizmaster.
Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian discussed her passion for social justice reform and beat Hillary in a general legal knowledge quiz
Both of the show’s hosts walked away from the interview impressed with Kardashian and her hard work. ‘She worked so hard [on the bar] and persevered,’ Hillary told People
Kardashian recently passed the ‘baby bar’ exam on her third try after a year of legal study through a law firm apprenticeship, and — spoiler alert — she ends up beating Hillary 11-4.
‘Oh, it was heartbreaking!” Hillary told People of the loss.
Chelsea noted that her mom ‘just needs to work on her reaction time,’ saying: ‘Sometimes, I could see my mom knew what the answer was, but she wouldn’t hit the buzzer in time.’
Both of the show’s hosts walked away from the interview impressed with Kardashian and her hard work.
‘She worked so hard [on the bar] and persevered,’ Hillary said. ‘We didn’t interview her about fashion … her many lines of commerce … her personal life. We interviewed about what she was doing to help get people who were unjustly or unfairly incarcerated have a second chance.’
Gutsy premieres on Apple TV+ September 9.