TV Critic’s Corner

Tonya Harding speaks to ABC about her struggles in and out of the public eye

Tonya Harding at the 1993 national figure skating championships.
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Tonya Harding at the 1993 national figure skating championships.

ABC News got a timely get. On Jan. 11, it will air a two-hour interview with Tonya Harding. There has been renewed interest in the story of her ex-husband’s 1994 attack on skating rival Nancy Kerrigan thanks to the movie “I, Tonya,” which stars Margot Robbie as Harding.

The interview will run as part of ABC’s “Truth and Lies” series. In the interview with Amy Robach, Harding reportedly talks about her difficult relationship with her mother (played by Allison Janney in the movie) and how it has felt to be a disgraced figure obsessed over by the media.

In the trailer, Robach asks her if she still cares what people think about her. “No,” she says. “Yes! I mean I care, but I don’t care.” She also says, “The media had me convicted of doing something wrong before I had even done anything at all. I am always the bad person. Is it a challenge from the Lord to see how far I can be pushed until I break and become nothing? You can’t push me that far anymore, because I have been nothing and I have been nothing several times.”


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